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Naked Man Mounts Trafalgar Square

by | 2nd, September 2009

7757107JUSTIN Holwell is naked on the Trafalgar Square plinth as part of the ongoing One and Other art installation. Mr Holwell looks like Michelangelo’s statue of David, only not quite so butch and aroused.

And so Mr Holwell waits for someone to notice and – oh, dear god, please – for someone to be offended.

And here comes ex-detective Mark Williams-Thomas, his wife and children. They are “annoyed and upset“. His three children, aged between eight and 13 years old, are “very shocked and embarrassed“. The former wooden top complains to police.

It is not a crime to appear naked in public. And the detective and his outraged family can always walk on. No loitering. Nothing to see here. Mr Williams-Thomas then complains to the Metropolitan Police:

“This was a public place and therefore I should be able to take my children without the fear of them having a man naked exposing himself.”

This is not a Michael Jackson tribute concert. This is Trafalgar Square, where Nelson sits stop a huge column while naked pigeons excrete on his person, and the National Gallery features images of flowers and people being raped, tortured and mauled with their clothes on. Says Mr Holwell:

“It’s the human form, everyone’s the same, it’s not like I’m showing off something that no one else has got.”

Everyone is not the same. Not everyone is a shaven-headed, uncircumcised white male. They should be. But they are not.

Says a Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “We have been advised that appearing naked in public is not a crime unless it is of lewd or obscene nature.”

Opinion is all…

Note: If any statue should feature on the fourth Plinth it is that of a suited Briton with pursed lips looking disapprovingly at the world below, while reading a copy of the Daily Mail and masturbating into a tea cup.

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