This must’ve been hard to take. A giant inflated sculpture, inspired by a sex toy and vaguely resembling a Christmas tree, was sabotaged this weekend in Paris’ ritzy Place Vendôme. American artist Paul McCarthy said his work — part of the International Contemporary Art Fair — was meant as an abstract joke. But passersby weren’t laughing. One irate art-lover slapped McCarthy in disgust, and vandals ensured his massive erection fell flat. The mayor said Paris wouldn’t be soft on those who attack artistic freedom.