During the Carnegie Mellon University spring fine arts parade, student Katherine O’Connor, 19, had a message to send and there was only one way she could think of to send it. She decided against pamphlets, knowing no one reads them anyway, and refused to be some protester with an obnoxious sign. Instead, she bedazzled the shit out of some cardboard, cut it into the shape of the pope’s hat, and put on a teensey little shawl, leaving her nude from the waist down. She shaved a cross into her pubes, and rallied. Personally, I don’t believe in any type of landing strip, but she was making a point. It’s all about attention to detail, people. Once at the parade, she threw condoms at onlookers, cigarette in hand.
Bishop David Zubik of the Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese was naturally appalled, and complained about the incident.
”Dialogue, disagreements and even demonstrations must be conducted in an atmosphere of decency,’ Zubik said. ‘I hope that all of us — including the students involved — can learn and grow from this very important lesson.
Along with fellow nudist Robb Godshaw, 22, O’Connor was arrested for public nudity. Charges are being filed through Allegheny County, and a hearing is to be held on June 10, but no additional disciplinary action is being taken by the school. The school’s president, Jared Cohon, explains that while public nudity is against the law, he and the university encourage students to express themselves artistically, and otherwise.
“There are competing values at issue here: Carnegie Mellon aims to be a place where ideas can be expressed and debated openly, but also where people of all backgrounds, faiths, and beliefs feel welcomed and supported.”
Kudos, O’Connor. Message received.
[via Daily Mail]