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.
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.
Looks like we have a new fashion when it comes to streaking. Never mind full nudity, today’s fashionable streaker goes for the “mankini”, the one-piece swimsuit made famous by Borat.
This became apparent at an AFL game in Darwin on Saturday night when a rangy tattooed man ran onto the field during the Western Bulldogs versus Fremantle game, wearing only a mankini.
The Northern Territory News reports that 11,000-strong crowd went absolutly mad, cheering him on. They even helped him to escape, offering clothes and holding off the security guard.
“He made a good run for it,” the security guard said. “I tried grabbing him as he jumped over the fence but there was nothing to grab.
“I had a hold of his foot but he was all yucky and sweaty and I lost my grip.”
The 28-year-old security guard said it was on the top of his list of bizarre things to happen while on the job.
“I’ve seen some pretty crazy things, but this was quite funny,” he said.
Ninemsn reports that there’s an “ongoing investigation” to find the streaker.
I found this page on the BBC website featuring some of the more famous streaking photos from the last thirty years, including Michael O’Brien, Erica Roe and Mark Roberts.
A 17 year old made waves at his school’s graduation ceremony when he streaked across the football field, causing all the graduating seniors to cheer madly.
Unfortunately he’s also ended up in juvenile detention center because of it.
The 17 year old junior at Catalina Foothills High School raced into the limelight last Thursday, stripping down to his jock strap and racing across the football field during the graduation ceremony.
Cameron put the moves on a couple of sheriff’s deputies trying to tackle him. But his athletic director caught Cameron just before he got over a fence.
The high school kid received a standing ovation from the graduating seniors and now he’s semi-famous.
Here’s the video on Youtube – unfortunately I can’t embed it.
This is obviously fake – if you’re live you don’t keep doing retakes like that.
Still, it’s kind of amusing.
Video removed due to hack
Check out the interesting blog post here about Robert Opel, the man who streaked past David Niven at the 1974 Oscars.
I’d never actually heard the conspiracy theories that the streak was planned. This article looks at the life story of Opel and how he actually got into the Oscars in the first place:
At the start of 1974, Opel was a freelance photographer for the gay newspaper The Advocate (now a leading national magazine). When he showed up at the Academy Awards he used these credentials, and a great deal of exaggeration, to make himself appear a more significant journalist than he actually was (nobody questioned the validity of a long-haired journalist in a blue jump suit?). Once Opel was in, he knew that his incongruous appearance could have potentially raised red flags before the stunt was attempted. He made his way backstage and hid inside an enormous piece of scenery.
This piece on WFMU’s site was what motivated me to finally get off my bum and redo Streakerama. I should be posting this kind of stuff and hope do to so more in the future.
Not a Stitch
Not a Scrap
In the Razz
In the Skinny
In the Buff
In the Raw
For All To See
Bare Botty Showing
Socks and Sandals Only
As The Day He Was Born
In the Nicky-Noo-Nar
In the Altogether
In the Birthday Suit
Wearing the Emperor’s Clothes
This list of euphemisms for nudity has been on Streakerama since day 1 so I thought I should include in it my posts.
Well, it’s been over seven years since I first started Streakerama and finally – finally! – I’ve given it a facelift. The new site still has the old content on it, but it looks nicer. Plus I’ve added a blog so I can easily add news items and other stuff I find.
The cool thing is that WordPress allows visitors to add comments so if you’ve got any amusing anecdotes you want to add, please submit them via the comments section. I have moderation enabled but, provided you’re not a spammer, I’ll add them.