Valerie Fortney at the Calgary Herald gives her opinion on the record-breaking number of streakers at the Labour Day football match:
Rather than feeling aghast when I heard the blow-by-blow account of the various streakers, I at first laughed. Then, I let out a big yawn.
That’s because while these brave young things prancing on the field may believe they’re doing something daring, perhaps revolutionary and definitely 21st century, it couldn’t be further from the truth. Streaking, the bastion of mostly young males fired up on liquid courage, is so last century — early 1970s, to be precise.
She then gives a brief history of streaking.
Is it all so very out-of-date? Maybe. But then again, it’s still funny. People still laugh. A naked person in that situation doesn’t cease to look ridiculous just because it first happened in the 1970s. And people will still get drunk at sporting events and think it’s a good idea at the time.
That’s why there’ll be streakers popping up here and there for a long time to come, I suspect.
Ex All Black footballer Marc Ellis has not been charged for streaking at a rugby match in Greymouth, New Zealand, if only because nobody complained.
Stuff.co.nz reports that Ellis ran 200m across the field with his fist in the air, whooping. The crowd were appreciative.
A spectator said he thought most of the crowd of about 300 found the sprint amusing.
“I thought it was quite legendary, a bit of fun. Even though he’s famous, he’s a bit of a larrikin. I didn’t see any harm in it â€“ some people would, though,” he said.
The New Zealand Herald says that Ellis was there to film his role in a TV series when he made the decision to streak:
“It was just a beautiful day and a glorious opportunity. You are down south, people have got a sense of humour down there. And they appreciate that unbridled passion.
“Judging by the reception I got when I went to the after-match [function], it was pretty warmly received.”
In anticipation of his antics being on television, Ellis added: “It was bloody chilly down there, and I was nervous.”
There’s a video of Marc streaking at Youtube here (embedding was disabled, unfortunately)
Stuff.co.nz has tracked down the streaker in socks who braved freezing weather to streak at an Invercargill rugby match.
19 year old Kyle Boekhout says he did the run as a joke but his mum was horrified when she found out.
Working at a Southland engineering company, the trades assistant said his workmates were amused to hear of his rugby antics.
“They said I should do another one with a work sign on my back.” However, Mr Boekhout said the streak was a once-in-a-lifetime thing and would not be repeated.
His socks sold at a charity auction for $50.
The Economist has an opinion piece suggesting that nudity has lost the power to shock. It follows in the wake of the Greenpeace sponsored Spencer Tunick nude photo on a glacier in the Alps.
The uproar that greeted a naked album-cover picture of John Lennon and Yoko Ono at the end of the 1960s would not be repeated today. Lennon asked us to â€œbe ourselvesâ€ and world peace would be sure to follow. This seems quaint now. In the next decade the popularity of â€œstreakingâ€ brought nudity closer to the mainstream. By the 1990s the ladies of Britainâ€™s Womenâ€™s Institute felt comfortable enough to bare all for a charity calendar. Organisations the world over have repeated the idea endlessly ever since, increasing public indifference.
Greenpeace has rounded up 600 volunteers willing to strip naked and stand on a glacier for the environment. The organisation hired famed nude photographer Spencer Tunick to take the photos which will be used on billboards about global warming.
The glacier itself is in the Alps and is slowly melting due to increasing temperatures. It’s expected to disappear by 2080.
More info here.
The Wiltshire Gazette & Herald in the UK has made a slip-up when publishing a photo of a nude gardening day held at Abbey House Gardens. While most of the nudity in the photo is covered with cartoon flower pots, a penis managed to get past the censors, embarrassing the editor.
“Unfortunately, how shall I put it, when I saw the paper I realised that four or five very vital inches belonging to one particular gentleman had evaded my attention…”
It wasn’t long before someone was on the phone to complain about the family newspaper confronting readers with a naked gardener’s equipment.
Gary said: “This is perfectly understandable but I have to say you would need to be looking very carefully at the group to spot the elusive dangly part.Watch
“Why anyone would want to garden in the nude is beyond meâ€¦ all those brambles and there is too much potential for injury what with those shears and clippers and things.”
From this article.
Stuff.co.nz reports that the male streaker who ran nude in sub-zero temperatures at an Invercargill rugby match recently has auctioned off his socks for charity.
A pair of socks worn by the nude pitch invader was auctioned on the Trade Me website last month with the funds supposedly going to the Winton Volunteer Fire Brigade.
When the auction closed it was being led with a bid of $50 by the Beige Brigade, the semi-formal group of cricket supporters who have repopularised the fawn and brown uniforms of the 1980s New Zealand one-day team.
The fire chief says he hadn’t heard about the auction.
In the wake of Mark Roberts’ ASBO escape, the Independent has featured a general article on the history of streaking.
Police wanted to slap on Asbo on our most prolific streaker. Magistrates said no. So it’s official: public exposure is part of our culture.
Instead of being outraged when a sports event is interrupted by a flash of naked flesh, we treat it as part of the fun.
The Guardian has an opinion piece by Zoe Williams on whether streaking is offensive.
You never see people shying away, or shielding their eyes or, you know, weeping. Plus, whatever you think of a naked person in principle, it is never quite the same as a naked person in the flesh. It’s like a fart. It’s rare wind that would make you laugh in the describing of it, and yet how many audible guffs can you honestly say you haven’t laughed at?
Having said that, sporting audiences are, of course, a self-selected sample, of people whose entire attention can be captivated by the watching of some running about. Of course they’ll laugh at nudity. They’ll laugh at anything.
The Guardian reports that serial streaker Mark Roberts has avoided being given an anti-social behaviour order (ASBO) by a British court following his streak at a golf event last year.
The district judge ruled that Roberts’ behaviour was annoying but not anti-social.
Mark’s lawyers say he’s turned over a new “fig leaf” and won’t be streaking anymore. Mark himself seems to have decided to hang up the joggers.
“My motivation has only ever been to entertain people. I’ve been doing this for 14 years and never once have I been booed. The day I get booed by the public is the day I stop.”
Mr Roberts said his career in streaking had run its course.
“They should have brought this Asbo when I was in my prime, but I’m 42 and there’s nothing left that I want to do.”
I’m not sure I believe him.
A pre-season rugby game in Invercargill, New Zealand saw a streaker brave the minus 3 degree temperatures to do a nude run across the field.
The lack of security at the small game meant he ran the length of the field. There were only 300 people at the game, but, thanks to the Southland Times, a whole lot more people have seen him nude.
Apparently NZ is looking to tighten up the pitch invasion fines to prevent streaking at major sporting events.
What a pity. It’s almost a dead art here in Australia. I liked that the Kiwis were still giving it ago. Especially in bloody Invercargill.
Animal rights activists have once again conducted a nude protest against Spain’s Running of the Bulls which starts Friday.
On Thursday hundreds of activists stripped nude and donned red plastic horns and red bandannas to oppose the event. It was organised by PETA which is campaigning against bullfighting in Spain.
Naked Rambler and nudist activist Steven Gough continues his crusade to be nude in public, and it’s landed him back in jail.
Gough was released from Edinburgh’s Saughton jail after finishing a previous sentence for public nudity. He insisted on leaving the prison naked and was subsequently arrested again. This is the seventh time it’s happened.
I don’t know who’s going to give up first, but I’m hoping it’s the police.
The Observer notes that officials at Wimbledon are concerned about “unwelcome intrusions” from birds, mice and… streakers.
It discusses last year’s court streaker who interrupted the women’s quarter final.
Last year, Maria Sharapova was startled by a streaker who leapt on to Centre Court during her quarter-final against Elena Dementieva.
She averted her gaze as he cart-wheeled naked in front of her before being bundled off court by security guards who wrapped him in a red blanket.
“I didn’t want to look at all the details,” Sharapova said.
But when told that some women spectators had been impressed by his physique, she replied: “Maybe next time I’ll take a look.”
Here’s a streaker at McMahon stadium in Calgary, Canada, running through a football game wearing only a green wig. He jumped two fences to get onto the field.
According to the Calgary Sun:
Despite the roar of an approving crowd, security staff failed to follow him as he travelled through the endzone, climbed a chain-link fence and then a large metal wall before disappearing into parking lot trees.
Not only did it provide, by far, the most entertaining moment of the day, it also marked a feat no one thought possible: Escaping McMahon Stadium naked without being caught.
He did, however, get arrested by three police in the parking lot.
A Latvian town will mark the Summer Solstice this year with a naked run through the streets.
“The nude run is for everybody, no matter their gender, age or race,” Ilze Dambite-Damberga, of the city council in the western town of Kuldiga, told AFP. “One can wear shoes or sneakers, as long as they don’t go up to the armpits,” she said.
The run will take place on Sunday 24th. Police will be on hand to keep “puritans” at bay.
More info here.