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1. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

today in NZ 2 women were arrested for flashing their bare breast to the english inbreed Charles the Winsdor.

They were protesting against his derogatory comments which he has made recently after seeing traditional dance of aboriginal women in Australia.

Looks like Charlie-boy follows into his father steps, famous royal racist Karol, who offends locals wherever he goes.

What do you think about prudes like him going on holidays, offending locals and teaching them their own decency values? Shouldn't such visitors learn/read about the country they visit beforehand?

2. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 11y

I think it is very wrong to talk badly about culture in any country. Culture is something so deeply rooted in each country that offending it's culture is like offending everything they believe in.

3. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 11y


They were protesting against his derogatory comments which he has made recently after seeing traditional dance of aboriginal women in Australia.

What were his derogatory comments? There's been nothing but quiet praise for him in the Australian media.

4. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

of cource the media praise the ruler - that's why they are here.

The protest was organised by feminists - but had some anti-royal and anti-colonial undertones.

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5. Posted by Sam I Am (Admin 5588 posts) 11y

I have to agree with James here MASSAGEUK. I couldn't find anything about any derogatory comments, just about a supposed extra reason for the women flashing their breasts being:

they were also angry over reports the prince was offended by bare-breasted aboriginal dancers in Alice Springs last week

The main reason aparently was:

they were angry at the postponement of a breast-cancer screening truck during the prince's visit to Wellington.

MASSAGEUK, you seem to be a little biased here yourself??

6. Posted by Peter (Admin 5791 posts) 11y

Seems to me him being 'offended' over the bare breasts was just an excuse. This protest seems to have been planned well in advance.

But, on the topic, I quite agree that it is wrong to take offense to local culture. Sometimes it's hard not to take offense though. For instance, several years back, I had the privilege of watching a turtle be slaughtered (shell cut off first and then slowly hacked at while it was still twitching). And if animals aren't your thing, a 'tradition' in Albania is for the bride to get a bullet hung around her neck as a wedding present. If she cheats, the husband is considered well within his rights to use that bullet to shoot her.

But hey, it's the culture right? We all have our limits and can't always help being offended.

7. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

Quoting Sam I Am

I couldn't find anything about any derogatory comments

I heard that expression on news on London local radio station Xfm (my favourite) - and only later when James asked I went to BBC site.

These girls stripped again outside the police station after being released. Pictures and a short comment (pointing it was anti-royal/anti-authority protest) in an english rug,,2-2005110634,00.html

8. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

"Flashing" and "streaking" always makes news in the British media. They are just attention-getting stunts. How many girls have been featured in tabloids afterwards?

In usual form (it was China last time), MASSAGEUK, your comments demonstrate utter contempt & disrespect for the titular leaders (& others associated) of a commonwealth of nations. Aren't you a British citizen yourself, OR are you still working illegally there?

The Commonwealth of Australia and New Zealand are both constitutional monarchies. I am an Australian citizen myself. Queen Elizabeth II is also the Queen of Australia, and New Zealand. Prince Charles is the first heir to the throne. He could well become the king. One day, both our countries will probably become republics. But in the meantime, please refrain from spreading derogatory & insulting remarks about our monarchy. Some of us were brought up with the ideals of honour,loyalty & respect.

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10. Posted by ukmassage (Inactive 1052 posts) 11y

yes, you are right, I don't like all leaders and all self-nominated/unelected authorities.

NZ prime minister has recently mentioned several times that they are departing from the commonwealth - which, with Charlies marital problems, will happen sooner than later.

Maybe you still adhere to the feudal values instilled to you by the state - but even royals don't take them seriously anymore.