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I remember when bunches of my friends started going to raves. They’d get tricked out in giant JNCO jeans and fluorescent, furry vests, with pacifiers lassoed around their torsos and candy necklaces tightly wound against their struggling tracheae. Suddenly, everyone was getting pierced to shit. Giant bones through the septum. Silver balls poking out of the cheeks. Clear tongue rings. Pierced beauty marks. Giant, jillion-gauge, coke-can-sized rings inflating the soft flesh of the ears.
Everybody that delves in body mod is making a statement, whether that statement is “I actually want to look like a lizard” or “I dig tribal shit/love dancing to Kylie Minogue” or “It’s time for me to come out of my shell” or “I give great head” or “My parents didn’t love me enough.” And that kind of vociferation I totally respect.
But this not-even-really-new trend that’s apparently picking up steam in Japan (according to Bizarre Mag), which involves sculpting saline injections in the body for one-night’s worth of looking super kri-zazy…
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Buddy, you know that this bid for attention is ultimately going to backfire; and, as always, you’ll end up feeling more isolated, alienated, and alone. President Obama kinda nailed it today when he said: “”North Korea’s behavior increases tensions and undermines stability in Northeast Asia. Such provocations will only serve to deepen North Korea’s isolation.” Even China is turning on you, and that just isn’t rad! Do you want people talking about you like this? Do you like being an outcast? Neener neener neener!
We don’t think you do. We think you just desperately want–no, need–the attention from the world. It’s okay. We get it. We even kinda get you. You’re a sad, scared little child that needs approval, respect, maybe a hug. And though we aren’t sure what your parents did to you, how much your siblings taunted you, or what the other kids at school said about you, we’re here to help you grow. So let’s cut the bullshit and grow together. Put down the nukes. Let’s go get some ice cream and talk.
Joey Cheek, Olympic speed skating gold medalist and co-founder of athletic activist group Team Darfur, had his visa revoked by the Chinese government yesterday, a day before he was to depart for Beijing to support this year’s competitive athletes in the summer Games. This denial makes a very loud statement about exactly what kind of private citizens (i.e. those that don’t chair outspoken organizations that condemn activities of their government) China wants for the warm and fuzzy spectacle of the 2008 Games.
And they are within their rights to do so. As the NYT reported today, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement defending the country’s right to determine a person’s entry, explaining, “The visa issue is a country’s sovereign affairs… The purpose is to provide a proper, secure environment for people watching and attending the Games.”
Now with no international podium to stand on (and no highly televised fetes to attend), it makes sense that Cheek should worry about how now to shine a spotlight on Team Darfur’s mission.
[Cheek] had planned to attend a United Nations Olympic celebration and some charity events but wasn’t planning any big Team Darfur demonstrations. Now he’s scrambling to figure out how to draw attention to his cause back home in Washington.
We wondered that as well. However, considering the steadily piling stream of news articles hitting the hot list less than 24 hours after Cheek’s visa was pulled:
… attention might be the last thing he has to worry about. This may be the best “fuck you” that China could have possibly given to Team Darfur.org. RAD!