Radio host Lori Welbourne exposed herself to the mayor of Kelowna to draw attention to Go Topless Day.
I don’t have a problem with women being topless in public. Frankly, I’m not sure many men do. I go topless in public too sometimes, when I’m walking pit bulls or eating grapes. I imagine more people have a problem with that happening. And really, by wearing shirts all you’re doing is drawing attention to what’s underneath. Especially cleavage revealing shirts which put the onus on others to imagine the rest, forcing them to actively engage as a leering filth carrion, rather than just passively engage as when everything is already on display. Shirts make perverts of us all.
Canadian radio host and newspaper columnist, Lori Welbourne, clearly feels the same way. To prove her point, during an interview with a local mayor this week she took off her top midway through and carried on grilling him bare-chested.
Welbourne hosts the radio show On The Rocks, where they discuss sex, political, and entertainment news in an ‘unfiltered way’. She was talking to Walter Gray, mayor of Kelowna in British Columbia, about the upcoming International Go Topless Day when she undid the straps of her top and put her tubthumpers out on display.
The subsequent two and half minutes see a flustered mayor doing a solid, if not wholly successful, job of not staring, while fielding questions about whether or not it’s illegal – it isn’t – and why people consider it a problem – because it’s a distraction.
The Daily Mail claims that he continued the interview in good humour. Which may be stretching the definition of ‘good humour’. His answers are as reasonable as they can be. Although, relative to how someone from the Daily Mail would have reacted in the situation – investigated her family, filled an entire paper with opinion pieces chastising her and everything she ever loved, all the while using their website to post ‘re-imaginings’ of what her boobs look like uncensored and heavily implying that she looks fat – this probably counts as good humour.
As causes go, it’s a good one. If this is feminism, sign me up. As protests go, it’s not very effective. It doesn’t really seem like he has an issue with people going topless in public, and neither does the law, so at points it just seems like she’s making an old man uncomfortable. Her argument is also somewhat watered down by the pixels covering everything in the video. There are no uncut ones. I looked. Hard. It has since been revealed, by him, that he was in on it, making the whole thing seem even more inane.