Thursday, May 1, 2008

Queens' Day 2008 Amsterdam / Guest Post / Bearing It All



Here is a series of late breaking photos from some friends of mine who witnessed an amusing incident near the Nieuwmarkt: a guy in a teddy bear outfit with an enormous foam-spraying penis got arrested by the cops.

WARNING: this is not exactly safe for work.
On the other hand, it took place about 100 yards from the Red Light District, so I don't think the locals would have been offended.













No more than two beers per person, no fake penises, what's next, no insulting the royal family?

7 comments:

Flurtissimo said...

Teddybear and sidekick have been detained for 6 hours, released and sent home with complaintforms for false arrests. Long live the Queen!

Anonymous said...

hello...thanks for caring...im the sidekick and i got kicked...my face is scabbed and i am pissed....i am a European union member with a living permit in this SOCIALISTIC union called netherlands...i hope others are as upsett about the current state of affairs as i am...long live the QUEEN

Toby Sterling said...

@Sidekick _ I feel your pain. You guys are heroes in my book. Can I ask: did the cops give you the fake schlong back?

AB said...

Shocking! (That anyone cared enough to complain or press charges for Mr. Bear I mean!)
In the US, yes, in the NL no, especially not on Queens Day. Has that much changed since I was in Groningen for QD in 1994? Is there something more to the story I am missing? Can't you see pretty much the same stuff in window displays he probably was walking right past???

Toby Sterling said...

@AB _ I don't think there's much more to it than that. I have heard a few more details from eyewitnesses; basically one cop thought he had been insulted, so his nostrils flared and he hauled the bear in. The police later admitted it was groundless, but _ what can you do? They have the authority to do that. The "monopoly on legal violence" as I once heard it said. The sidekick was apparently roughly handled despite having only peripheral involvement.
Apparently the crowds razzed the cops as they hauled off the bear.

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