Friday afternoon human rights abuse and intolerance stories to make you weep….
... and perhaps also fume and smirk.
Incredible! Outrageous! The United Kingdom -- maybe soon to be Disunited -- has trampled on the human rights of one of its citizens, refusing to grant him a passport simply because he legally changed his name.
To top it off, the victim of this state-run violence happens to be a liberal Democratic activist.
Read it and weep. It is because of gross violations of human rights such as this one that stories about repression in Castrogonia seldom get any attention.
After all, how can one compare a few bumps and bruises or a death or two in some benighted Caribbean island with an outrage of this magnitude in Great Britain? Why.... it's like comparing the Third Reich to a slap on the wrist by an old nun at a Catholic school.
Britain's most tattooed man fails in application for passport after changing his name
* The Lib Dem activist, 34, used to be called Mathew Whelan, now he is King of Ink Land King Body Art The Extreme Ink-Ite, a.k.a. Body Art
* Has 90 per cent of his body covered in ink - including his eyeball
Britain’s most tattooed man has been refused a passport, but not because of his skin decorations - but his name.
King of Ink Land King Body Art The Extreme Ink-Ite, 34, has been refused an ID renewal because of his unusual moniker, which he adopted by deed poll four years ago.
The Lib Dem activist from Birmingham, formerly known as Mathew Whelan - now called Body Art for short – says it breaches his human rights to demand that he uses his birth name on his passport.
Body Art, who has covered 90 per cent of his body in ink, including tattooing his left eyeball black, has spent more than £25,000 on his passion.
Now, he has been offered work abroad to turn his hobby into a job, and so applied to have his passport renewed.
But despite filling out the forms and sending the £72.50 fee, he received a letter this week telling him the application had been rejected because of his new name.
The 34-year-old has changed his name twice, in 2007 and 2009, and his new moniker appears on his driving licence....
... King of Ink Land King Body Art The Extreme Ink-Ite, a.k.a. Body Art fumed: ‘This is a breach of my human rights. They want to put my birth name on my passport. But that is not my name any more.’
Body Art has now sent an official letter of complaint to the passport office, and local MP John Hemming is backing him, and has also written asking for clarification.
Read more HERE. Includes many photos and a video...
But you don't have to cross the Atlantic Ocean to find horrific stories such as this. Right here in the USA, on the campus of Wellesley College, just outside of Boston, the human rights of many fine young women are being violated too.
At issue is an outdoor art exhibit that consists of a very realistic life-size statue of a young man in his underwear (briefs, not boxers).
Many of the young women at the Wellesley campus, and some of the faculty, too, are loudly complaining that this statue violates their human rights because its mere presence is a form of "sexual assault."
So, there you have it, another reason that all of the intimidation by rapid response brigades and all those beatings, imprisonments, and murders in Castrogonia don't deserve any attention.
We're talking about some of the wealthiest, smartest, most privileged, and most liberal young women in the world being threatened by a statue of a guy in his underwear. How can the offense committed against them be compared to any offense on an island where everyone is an inferior human being? Those Caribbean sub-humans need strong leaders and intimidation just to keep them from eating each other. The young women at Wellesley have much more refined sensibilities and therefore deserve much more attention.
Wellesley Students Complain That a Statue of a Man in His Underwear Is “Sexual Assault”
The Davis Museum at Wellesley College is holding an exhibit of the work of sculptor Tony Matelli, and to help advertise the exhibit, the museum placed one of Matelli's statues outside. Titled The Sleepwalker, the realistic-looking statue shows a bald man in his tighty-whities lumbering forward with his arms outstretched, his eyes closed, and his head lolling around in deep sleep. It's funny and is, unsurprisingly, a big hit on Instagram.
It's also creating controversy, as reported by the Boston Globe, as many students object to the statue on the grounds that it's scary. Zoe Magid, a junior at the university, started a Change.org petition demanding that the statue be moved inside the museum. "Within just a few hours of its outdoor installation, the highly lifelike sculpture by Tony Matelli, entitled 'Sleepwalker,' has become a source of apprehension, fear, and triggering thoughts regarding sexual assault for some members of our campus community," she writes, adding variations of the word trigger two more times.
The museum director Lisa Fischman responded to the petition in an email that highlights how much the statue does not resemble a rapist who is coming to get you: "Arms outstretched, eyes closed, he appears vulnerable and unaware against the snowy backdrop of the space around him. He is not naked. He is profoundly passive. He is inert, as sculpture."
This email did not placate the critics of the statue, who left dozens of comments, mostly written in feminist jargon. "Your claim that Sleepwalker is passive is spoken in privilege and without regard to the many students on this campus who have faced and survived assault, racism, and many other forms of violent oppression," writes one commenter.
Another likens the statue to real-life sexual assailants and harassers: "You claim that Sleepwalker is inert, passive - free of action or blame. Funny, so do his real-life counterparts." One woman gets a wee bit excited with, "He 'appears' like a creepy pervert! There are so many talented artists who create BEAUTY! This is not art! It's a sexual assault!"
Notably, no self-identified rape survivors piped in to say that the statue reminded them of their own experiences, but that didn't hold back the tide of speculation that it might traumatize them.
Much more HERE, including many additional heartrending pleas from Wellesley students.