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5,000 Naked People outside the Sydney Opera House

Posted: Mon Mar 01, 2010 11:33 am UTC
by Sharlos
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8542350.stm

It certainly wasn't something I was expecting to see when I read the title of the article, although it has improved my opinion of my country a little, even if just the urban parts.

Re: 5,000 Naked People outside the Sydney Opera House

Posted: Mon Mar 01, 2010 12:15 pm UTC
by podbaydoor
The last sentence is hilarious.

The naked models included a pregnant woman, who went straight to hospital afterwards to give birth, and a television weatherman whose viewers got to see considerably more than his usual Monday morning forecast.

Re: 5,000 Naked People outside the Sydney Opera House

Posted: Mon Mar 01, 2010 6:44 pm UTC
by MrGee
Well it's comforting to know that opponents of homophobia can still field a decent protest.

I just hope none of the women had small breasts.

Re: 5,000 Naked People outside the Sydney Opera House

Posted: Mon Mar 01, 2010 7:44 pm UTC
by Izawwlgood
Is he the guy who always takes photos of lots of nude people?

I think that's cool.

Re: 5,000 Naked People outside the Sydney Opera House

Posted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 4:21 am UTC
by BlahBlahBlah
Izawwlgood wrote:Is he the guy who always takes photos of lots of nude people?

I think that's cool.

Yes. 18,000 people in Mexico City, for instance.

Re: 5,000 Naked People outside the Sydney Opera House

Posted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 7:48 am UTC
by Joeldi
Sharlos wrote:http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8542350.stm

It certainly wasn't something I was expecting to see when I read the title of the article, although it has improved my opinion of my country a little, even if just the urban parts.


You think the bulk of those people were doing this for gay acceptance? Noo, they were just doing it for the lulz of being naked in public. Australia's still a backwards state full of arseholes.

Re: 5,000 Naked People outside the Sydney Opera House

Posted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 8:27 am UTC
by Sharlos
Joeldi wrote:
Sharlos wrote:http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/8542350.stm

It certainly wasn't something I was expecting to see when I read the title of the article, although it has improved my opinion of my country a little, even if just the urban parts.


You think the bulk of those people were doing this for gay acceptance? Noo, they were just doing it for the lulz of being naked in public. Australia's still a backwards state full of arseholes.

In general sure, but a little less so in Sydney

Re: 5,000 Naked People outside the Sydney Opera House

Posted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 8:57 am UTC
by Pez Dispens3r
Joeldi wrote:
Sharlos wrote:It certainly wasn't something I was expecting to see when I read the title of the article, although it has improved my opinion of my country a little, even if just the urban parts.

You think the bulk of those people were doing this for gay acceptance? Noo, they were just doing it for the lulz of being naked in public. Australia's still a backwards state full of arseholes.

Your aggressive cynicism is lovely, but I think you're being a little judgmental. I know if I was a raging bigot I wouldn't be photographed if it was for something organized by the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, no matter how much I enjoyed getting my bits out in public.

Re: 5,000 Naked People outside the Sydney Opera House

Posted: Tue Mar 02, 2010 1:20 pm UTC
by Sharlos
Also I have a hard time believing Australia is particularly backwards when I look at other countries and see creationism being taught in schools and similar rubbish. Australia is pretty conservative in my opinion on a number of subjects, but not backwards.

Rural areas are the worst, but thats mostly due to not being exposed to many outside ideas when your so isolated.

Re: 5,000 Naked People outside the Sydney Opera House

Posted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 12:01 am UTC
by JoeKhol
Joeldi wrote:Australia's still a backwards state full of arseholes.
So a lot like the internet then?

Re: 5,000 Naked People outside the Sydney Opera House

Posted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 12:42 am UTC
by psychosomaticism
Pez Dispens3r wrote:
Joeldi wrote:
Sharlos wrote:It certainly wasn't something I was expecting to see when I read the title of the article, although it has improved my opinion of my country a little, even if just the urban parts.

You think the bulk of those people were doing this for gay acceptance? Noo, they were just doing it for the lulz of being naked in public. Australia's still a backwards state full of arseholes.

Your aggressive cynicism is lovely, but I think you're being a little judgmental. I know if I was a raging bigot I wouldn't be photographed if it was for something organized by the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, no matter how much I enjoyed getting my bits out in public.


I guess it depends whether having one's bits out is higher priority than being a bigot.
I agree that most of them there probably aren't bigots though.

Re: 5,000 Naked People outside the Sydney Opera House

Posted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 2:11 am UTC
by Qaanol
More than 5,000 men and women shed their clothing - people of all ages, shapes and sizes

Were they people of all ages, or were they all men and women? What is the legality of public nudity in Sydney? Of photographing nudes in public? Would it still be legal if a minor were involved? Did anyone check IDs of all the participants?

Re: 5,000 Naked People outside the Sydney Opera House

Posted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 6:14 am UTC
by LuNatic
Qaanol wrote:
More than 5,000 men and women shed their clothing - people of all ages, shapes and sizes

Were they people of all ages, or were they all men and women? What is the legality of public nudity in Sydney? Of photographing nudes in public? Would it still be legal if a minor were involved? Did anyone check IDs of all the participants?


I don't know any of the applicable laws, but I'm damned surprised that this got the go-ahead.

Re: 5,000 Naked People outside the Sydney Opera House

Posted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 12:15 pm UTC
by Pez Dispens3r
I'm sure there were adequate steps taken to make certain no teenage penor was shown, but why would you be surprised it got the go ahead? It's the short of thing that happens all over the world: being opposed to it would make Australia look ridiculous.

Re: 5,000 Naked People outside the Sydney Opera House

Posted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 12:52 pm UTC
by Sharlos
Well considering I've been unable to really find anything about it on any Australian news sources, I'm not surprised. (Not that I looked hard.)

Re: 5,000 Naked People outside the Sydney Opera House

Posted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 12:38 am UTC
by JayDee
Sharlos wrote:Well considering I've been unable to really find anything about it on any Australian news sources, I'm not surprised. (Not that I looked hard.)
You really didn't. The Australian, the Sydney Morning Herald, and the Herald Sun all reported it. Pretty sure I saw it in a couple of print papers, too.

It's also not the first time it's been done (by the same artist) in Australia.
SMH wrote:Tunick's first mass installation in Australia was The Unfamiliar Familiar in Melbourne in 2001, in which 4500 nudes were arranged on the city's St Kilda Road, the banks of the Yarra River and in Alexandra Gardens.
Come to think of it, I remember some of my classmates (I was in Year 12 at the time) partipating back then.

Re: 5,000 Naked People outside the Sydney Opera House

Posted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 10:02 am UTC
by LuNatic
Pez Dispens3r wrote:I'm sure there were adequate steps taken to make certain no teenage penor was shown, but why would you be surprised it got the go ahead? It's the short of thing that happens all over the world: being opposed to it would make Australia look ridiculous.


I'm fairly sure there is something on the books to do with public decency.

Re: 5,000 Naked People outside the Sydney Opera House

Posted: Thu Mar 04, 2010 10:30 am UTC
by Josephine
LuNatic wrote:
Pez Dispens3r wrote:I'm sure there were adequate steps taken to make certain no teenage penor was shown, but why would you be surprised it got the go ahead? It's the short of thing that happens all over the world: being opposed to it would make Australia look ridiculous.


I'm fairly sure there is something on the books to do with public decency.

pretty much every country has some form of that, but there are exceptions.