Monday, January 17, 2005

Bare Bun Fun Runs

I love this story in the Guardian about the Bare Bun Fun Runs that take place in America.

Apparently:

By far the most popular nude race is the Bare to Breakers run around San Francisco Bay where an increasing number of the 70,000 runners who take to the streets for a conventional 12km race choose to do so naked. Deciding where to place the obligatory race number is an issue and women are advised "to carry a sports bra and wear it if the need arises". All entrants are urged "to use prudence" if "they stop for a Starbucks en route".

This sounds great and I would defintely be turning up to encourage the runners.

This seems especially bizarre when I heard another report that a man's bare torso was pixelated on the American news networks so as to ensure that no viewers would be offended. The American media seems to have a really puritanical approach to any forms of nudity especially since nipplegate.

I still cannot understand why violence and gun culture are acceptable for peak time viewing but a hint of nudity can guarantee an advertising revolt and mass protests. Get it together!