Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Best protest ever?

On the one hand, there's nudity. On the other hand, this being in Paris, there was probably plenty of female armpit hair:
Artists' models in Paris stripped naked Monday, braving freezing temperatures to protest against a ban on tips and to demand better pay and recognition.

More than 20 male and female models, some posing nude while others were draped in a colorful array of shawls, sheets and fur coats, took part in the protest that had the backing of two of France's biggest labor unions.
Oh, and there were naked dudes there, too? I'm really starting to doubt whether or not this was the best protest ever. In fact, I'm going to declare this one of the lamest protests ever.
The action was triggered by a recent decision by the Paris authorities to enforce a ban on artists' tips, known as "cornet" after the rolled-up cone of drawing paper in which painters traditionally dropped some money for their models.

"We're very badly paid and it's always been that way," said model Carole Kras, who joined others in the courtyard of a 16th century palace that houses the Paris cultural affairs offices.
You know, it would be somewhat easier to take her complaints easier if it weren't for the following details, offered later in the article...
"I don't really care about the cornet. What I want is to be better paid," said Kras, a full-time artists' model who has been doing the job for 15 years.
So, you've got a shitty job, "it's always been that way," but you haven't bothered to look for a different line of work for more than a decade?

Yeah, well, it's a little hard for me to feel sorry for your froggy ass when you've chosen a "career" path that has more or less always sucked and you knew it.

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