File puptcrit/puptcrit.0509, message 248


Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2005 14:59:20 -0700
To: "puptcrit" <puptcrit-driftline.org-AT-lists.driftline.org>
Subject: [Puptcrit] Re: puppet terrorists


>In a message dated 9/22/2005 1:31:17 A.M. Eastern Daylight Time,  
>John_Bell-AT-emerson.edu writes:
>
>are  there specific instances of "terrorists hiding behind puppets" that we 
>know  of?
>jbell 

Hi John -

the only one I can think of was a famous 'reclaim the streets' action
in the UK. First, a sound system was set up in the street. Then
three giant 'Marie Antoinette" style puppets, in giant hoop skirts,
followed.  Unbeknownst to the public, concealed under the skirts were
guys with jackhammers tearing up the concrete.  The 'rave' was so loud
nobody noticed.  This idea always amused me - kinda in the 'trojan horse'
vein...

dan vie
vancouver, bc

>From: "John Bell" <John_Bell-AT-emerson.edu>
>Subject: RE: [Puptcrit] Re: cancellation of Thai puppets' & visas.

>
>I guess I don't understand the humor about "terrorists" and puppets.  
>First of all, becasue some of my American puppeteer friends were arrested 
>in Philadelphia in 2000 for making puppets (charges later dropped, but 
>they were all put in jail).  Secondly, I will not be able to see some of 
>my European and Asian puppeteer colleagues perform in this country because 
>of our government's immigration policies.  All of this represents losses 
>for American culture.  Certainly the US must be protected, but how can we 
>do this wisely and not shut ourselves off from the rest of the world and 
>its great cultural treasures (like puppet shows)?
>
>jbell


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