The pope speaks from his balcony weekly, and lots of people attend in St Peters Square below to hear him say his hateful, anti-gay messages. This week, four pro-gay FEMEN activists from Ukraine stripped to the waist, bared their breasts and their inked-on messages, and screamed “SHUT UP” at the pope. Then they were (quickly) dragged away from the devout by the police. Not that the police protected the protesters from being assaulted by at least one woman while they were being manhandled away into custody, as you can see in the video below.
This is speaking truth to power, and an especially excellent venue since police couldn’t use gas on the protesters without also endangering the devout Catholics who came to hear their anti-gay, pedophile-protector spiritual leader speak to the masses. While I doubt the pope was ruffled, or possibly even aware, of this — some of his followers were clearly upset. It only takes a few demonstrations like this to start a movement.
I wonder how many women from FEMEN will be in St Peters Square next week?