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Guardian: Should Britain Return the Elgin Marbles?

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After George Clooney’s statements advocating the return of Parthenon marbles to Greece on Wednesday, February 12, the British newspaper “The Guardian” started an online voting about whether the Parthenon marbles should return to the country of their origin.

The voting is expected to last for two days and most of the voters are already supporting the return of the marbles to the Greek capital, Athens.

More specifically, 73 percent of the vote is in favor of the return while only 27 percent is against it.

It is worth mentioning that the British Museum has strongly argued Mr. Clooney’s statements.

The famous actor referred to the reactions that his previous statements had caused, noting that he had no intention to create such a fuss. “I did a little research just to make sure I wasn’t completely out of my mind,” he stated when the question was brought to him again on Tuesday in London. “Even in England the polling is in favor of returning the marbles,” George Clooney continued.

In response to John Whittingdale’s comment on him –“He’s an American. I suspect he doesn’t know why it is that Britain came to acquire the Elgin marbles,” — George Clooney responded “That’s probably right. However, I do think it’s worth having an open discussion.”

Other Hollywood stars such as Matt Damon responded to Whittingdale’s comment by saying “That can’t always be the British default position. I mean seriously, it’s not actually an argument to say we are Americans we don’t get it,.”  Bill Murray noted in a mocking tone “I think (the marbles) had a very nice stay here, certainly. London’s gotten crowded, there’s plenty of room back there in Greece, plenty of room.”

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