As the legend goes, early in the 11th century, Godiva, Countess of Mercia, rode on horseback through the streets of Coventry to make a political, anti-taxation statement… this noblewoman’s long tresses acting as her one and only fashion statement.
Fast forwarding one millennium to our 21st century, as the legend in the making goes, on Sunday, July 17, 2016, 100 women, latter-day Ladies Godiva, participated in Spencer Tunick’s “Everything She Says Means Everything” photo shoot… peacefully protested, au naturel, outside Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena (which, btw, is this week’s “scene of the crime”, HQ of the Republican National Convention).
Tunick’s goal was to toss the photographic equivalent of sabots into the mindless Republican machinery… to sabotage their business-as-usual, paint by the numbers, just phone it in, presidential nomination process… to try to teach a lesson to the presumptive nominee, Donald Trump that he must never presume anything… i.e. never take for granted the millions of people he has offended… i.e., never underestimate the power of women.
In spite of public nudity being illegal in Ohio, 1,800 women (Democrats, Republicans and Indies, alike) had signed up to appear before Tunick’s camera. A small sampling of their rationale for doing so became known via interviews with the Huffington Post, where one Lady Godiva (a.k.a. Republican Jennifer Dienes), who is disgusted with Trump’s bigotry and hostility, had this to say…
“I don’t support the Republican party with Trump at the forefront. There were a few people trying to scare me out of it [posing nude]. A lot of people were saying, ‘My mom is going to kill me!’ But it was presented in a classy, peaceful way. Sometimes you just have to stand up for what’s right. I’m proud of what I did.”
Another Lady Godiva (a.k.a. Deanna Bergdorf), concerned that any gains women and minorities have made could easily be stripped away during a Trump régime, had this to say…
“I fought to hold in my tears as [Tunick] explained that we were gathered together to make a statement against the rhetoric of hatred that’s being spewed out from the Republican party; against the misogynistic, xenophobic, racist, anti-LGBTQ, ableist platform that has defined hating others as an acceptable American lifestyle.”
One cannot help but admire these women who are peacefully fighting back… attempting to weather the tsunami proportioned tidal wave… a.k.a. that Republican / Trump oppression, which Bergdorf so spot on, eloquently outlined above.
Folks, at this point, the easiest thing for me to do would be to link my blog to the Huffington Post in order to more fully flesh out the details to this story… titled…
100 Sheroes Just Posed Nude At The Republican National Convention
However my rationale for not doing so follows…
Firstly… while I, personally, wholeheartedly believe that the human body is neither offensive nor obscene… I still wish to maintain a family friendly blogging website… i.e., one that flies below the MPAA PG-13 rating (no easy task considering the offensive and obscene Trump and his toadies… a.k.a. the win back the Oval Office at all costs, totally unscrupulous GOP hardliners).
Secondly… as the thousand-year-old legend goes, a man named Tom (a.k.a. Peeping Tom) could not resist the temptation of sneaking a peek during Lady Godiva’s ride and, as a consequence (depending on who the storyteller is), was either struck blind or dead. My being named Tom… well… were I to make Tunick’s photos available, I believe I’d be, at the very least, doubly at risk of losing my eyesight.
Ergo… I’ll leave it up to you to rev up those search engines to (at your own risk) sneak a peak at Tunick’s portfolio… to check out the (un)coverage of this anti-Trump protest in Cleveland… a.k.a. New Coventry.