The Story Of My Wall Street Arrest:
My Wall Street Arrest- No, this was not a protest and this was at least a month before occupy wall street even existed. No, I was not attempting to leap the fence in front of the NY Stock Exchange to get back lost funds. I was acting in part of an artwork performance called Ocularpation! A piece contrived by artist Zefrey Throwell. As you might seen from our posts last week, Zefrey contacted us looking for folks comfortable with public nudity to participate in his next artistic attempt. (And what better people to contact than Nudist Portal?)
The performance took place this morning on Wall Street at 7:00 am. 50 people took part, all role playing the various occupations on Wall Street, from janitor to fitness teacher to financial advisor. Zefrey was truly inspired for the endeavor by his mother who lost all her retirement money in the stock market crash in 2008 and found herself broke and jobless in her 60’s; a demanding situation to be in. His idea was to expose the mysterious inner workings of Wall Street and make people think about what actually happens there day to day.
Walking My Invisible Dog
I determined to sign up and was even more pleased after I recognized the occupations were going to reflect the actual employment demographics. I played dog-walker, which represents 2% of Wall St workers. We met in the park first. I acknowledge I was nervous, but ready for action with my invisible dog leash contraption, whistle and plastic bag. We soon headed to our given areas on the road.
At 7am I began walking my invisible dog. “Come on doggie!” Some amused glances from pedestrians. I took off my tank top and really started getting into my job. “Good lad, good boy!” Before things went any further, a police officer came up- “Put your top back on. Go put your shirt back on!” I quickly complied, and then to my surprise, he detained me. Here is essentially our dialog that followed..
Detained On Wall Street
Policeman, putting on the handcuffs- “Here you go, is that what you wanted??”
Officer- “What is all this going on?”
Me- “It’s an art performance.”
Officer- “This isn’t art, this is retarded!”
Me- “That’s subjectiveIsn’t it legal for me to be topless anywhere in NYC?”
Officer- “Yeah right what would you believe you are doin’ walkin around topless like http://modestperson.com/views/we-are-interested-in-joining-a-local-nudist-resort.php walking a dog. You need to come with me and be mentally assessed, then after that perhaps you will be free to go. It’s retarded, this is only dumb pretending to walk a dog with no top on. There are children about.” (I failed to see one child during this performance.)
Me- “Occasionally people pretend to do things in artwork”
My Wall Street Arrest Narrative
He grabbed my things and brought me to sit with 2 other men in handcuffs. They were a stock trader and a janitor who’d completely stripped down during the 5 minute performance. One was told he wouldn’t get arrested if he put his clothes back on, but the policeman “altered his mind.” So we sat there and then took a ride to the precinct to spend 2 hours in jail.
We all got a desk release with tickets and a summons for disorderly conduct. My fellow jailbirds also got indecent exposure charges. Just before we were released, an officer (I believe the same one I spoke to earlier) reasserted his opinion that we should’ve all been psychologically appraised first. Alas, his view was disregarded, and they gave us back our items, including the janitor broom and my makeshift leash, now flexed up and distorted.
Nevertheless, pertaining to me personally, I don’t have any idea what laws I broke or why I was even detained. So far no one, not even the cops themselves, could describe to me what I did wrong.
My Wall Street Arrest by Felicity Joneswas released by – Young Naturists And Naturists America FKK
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The Story Of My Wall Street Arrest: