Boobs and 9/11: Portal Between New York City and Dublin Is Going Exactly How You Think It Would

One particularly well-documented boobs-related incident has been linked to an OnlyFans model who previously licked a toilet for a "coronavirus challenge" back in 2020.

Person taking a selfie with the reflective bean-shaped sculpture, image of a plane on screen in the background
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Person taking a selfie with the reflective bean-shaped sculpture, image of a plane on screen in the background

Humans are humaning after the launch of the cross-continent art project The Portal, which serves as a "visual bridge" between Dublin and New York City.

In fact, the sculpture was recently hit with a temporary shutdown in services after some widely-tweeted-about instances of some of that aforementioned humaning. By Tuesday morning, however, the increasingly popular experience had started back up again.

While much of the behavior some are connecting to the shutdown is entirely harmless, i.e. boobs, others have been met with decidedly different, entirely boob-free Portal experiences. For example, per reports (including this one from New York Post), images of 9/11 and swastikas have also been seen in what are believed and hoped to be isolated incidents.

"While we cannot control all of these actions, we are implementing some technical solutions to address this and these will go live in the next 24 hours," the Dublin City Council said when announcing a brief pause on Monday, per Time. "We will continue to monitor the situation over the coming days with our partners in New York to ensure that portals continue to deliver a positive experience for both cities and the world."

As for those aforementioned flashings, one such instance is linked to social media personality and OnlyFans model Ava Louise, a name you may recognize in connection with the so-called "coronavirus challenge" of 2020. In fact, Louise alleged she was directly responsible for this week's temporary shutdown, though that has not been confirmed.

"So I just got the portal from New York City to Dublin shut down," Louise said in a video shared to TikTok and Instagram on Monday.  "I thought the people of Dublin deserved to see my two New York homegrown potatoes, and then this happened."

As you'll see below, this isn't the only headlines-generating moment to have broken out amid Portal festivities in recent days, nor is it the wildest. Though not included in this particular article due to the fact that no one cares to read about such things, it's also worth noting that there have been plenty of more traditionally heartwarming (re: not as headlineable) interactions popping off as well.

no way the portal between New York and Dublin got shut down because of this 😭 pic.twitter.com/pMgJfaSkiC

— rare insults (@insultsrare) May 14, 2024

The New York / Ireland portal bouta start a war😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/0QTCmFVGvJ

— SolP (@SolProduced) May 11, 2024

they opened a portal between dublin and new york and I just know it will be shut down before its one month anniversary lol pic.twitter.com/4MsGV7mSr8

— em (@shinywiglett) May 9, 2024

In a statement to Complex, Joe Callahan, director of the Portals Organization and CEO of Sansar, noted that the reaction the team has seen from New Yorkers has been "overwhelmingly positive" thus far.

"While we understand there have been instances of inappropriate behavior at the portal, these incidents represent only a tiny fraction of the overall interactions," Callahan added. "That said, the goal of the project is to provide a window into different cultures and perspectives, while also ensuring it remains family-friendly. Efforts are being made to address inappropriate behaviors so that we can maintain the integrity and inclusivity of the project."

The New York City Portal can be found at the Flatiron South Public Plaza next to the Flatiron Building, while the Dublin locale is situated to face O’Connell Street. Benediktas Gylys, the artist and founder behind The Portal, said the intention of his unity-minded piece was to provide "an invitation to meet people above borders and differences and to experience our world as it really is." According to Gylys, the underlying importance here is for anyone who interacts with strangers using The Portal to feel a sense of "global interconnectedness."

Post-boobcident, some have taken up the should-have-been-expected task of Photoshopping various not-real scenarios into Portal shots on social media. Others, meanwhile, have started proposing future locations.

The first-ever Portals initially launched back in 2021 for those in Lublin and Vilnius. For now, as detailed on the official site, the small team behind the project is able to build six new Portals on an annual basis. Additional locations are expected to open in the future. 

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