What could possibly make the recent "nude-in" demonstration of withered, naked men protesting a call for them to cease placing their bare buttocks upon seats even more bizarre? How about a writeup in a Russian media outlet in full "Emergency! Everybody to get from street!" dialect, lecturing the audience on the tenets of democracy? And could that Russian article be unabashedly swiped from the New York Times? You got it!
"Public protests are a necessary element of a democratic society, allowing people to express their social and political will. However, sometimes this measure is used as a reaction tool to such ridiculous causes that it denounces the very idea of protesting." That's the opening stanza of a piece in today's edition of the Voice of Russia. And it just gets better after that.
... [S]everal dozen protesters wearing nothing but their birthday suits, gathered last weekend in Jane Warner Plaza, trying to draw public attention to the legislation introduced by a city supervisor Scott Weiner. The proposal would require those going nude in public to cover public seating when sitting down and put on clothes before entering restaurants. When the introduction of such a bill would hardly spark any disputes in most of the world cities, in San Francisco, known as one of the world centers of tolerance, the proposal made people get to the streets with protest signs and banners.
While there may be a temptation to describe the participants of the nude-in as a bunch of perverted old men, they are definitely not. For them the right to remain nude is a declaration of tolerance and open mindness. However, everything, including tolerance, should have its limits, otherwise it risks to get turned into an abuse of other people's rights.
While some praise the naked activists may as the crusaders of human rights, the whole situation looks ridiculous. When the real crimes against humanity occur all over the globe, the protest of old people against the obligation to wear clothes in restaurants sounds like a scene from a comedy show.