The Obama Rally Streaker
Alkiviades “Alki” David is filed under “person,” according to Celebrifi. Born to an “extremely wealthy Greek Cypriot family” in the U.K. during the Tet Offensive (what? You don’t associate years with Vietnam War campaigns?), he’s successfully expanded his family’s fortune and is now a self-confessed “prankster” – and he uses social media to entertain said primate hugging his “Jackass”-loving spine.
The U.K.’s finest tabloid, The Sun, reported back in August that David offered $1 million (£638,700) to anyone who flashed President Barack Obama. David immediately got 150-160 takers. (The original offer was $100,000 (£63,870). He raised it to pay any legal fees the flasher incurs.)
“One million is a nice, round number and that gets people’s attention a lot more,” he said at the time. The incident must also be broadcast live on Battlecam, a video-sharing/“take a mirror shot of yourself half-naked” site that’s linked to David’s website FilmOn, and said streaker must have written “Battlecam.com” across his or her chest.
AND SO, yesterday, 24-year-old Juan J. Rodriguez, from Staten Island, New York, was in town for the “Moving America Forward” rally on the 100 block of East Haines Street, which featured The Roots, Mayor Michael Nutter, Governor Ed Rendell and a host of other wacky characters you’ve grown to love. We don’t know if Rodriguez was inspired by all the hope and change, but he definitely got naked, streaked the event with Battlecam.com written on his chest (apparently), was arrested and will now likely win all that money David offered up in August. Gawker notes David has every intention of paying up as soon as he sees the video.
We find the whole story to be the perfect metaphor for modern America.
The Philadelphia Police told PW that bail has not yet been set. We therefore can’t give you a final tally on just how much Rodriguez is set to profit off his moment in shame. He’s charged with disorderly conduct, indecent exposure and open lewdness.
Indecent exposure is referred to as a 2nd degree misdemeanor in Pennsylvania. And according to CriminalDefenseLawyer.com, Lewd conduct laws can result in jail time in most states. In Pennsylvania specifically, those found guilty of this crime can be sentenced to up to 12 months in jail with fines and community service depending on the judge. Do we expect the judge to go easy on Rodriguez? Probably not.
It’s now being reported Rodriguez was released last night on a $10,000 signature bond. David will have a statement tomorrow on whether this guy will get his cash reward. According to SeerPress.com,
Rodriquez said he took Mr. David’s challenge because his family needs the money, that he believes he did everything required to win the award, and didn’t do anything inappropriate. Rodriquez said he got within ten feet of President Obama, removed all his clothing to show the name of the website written on his chest, and he then shouted the name of the website six times.
UPDATE 2: Rodriguez, that guy’s alright.
“I didn’t do anything that hurt anybody,” he said.
As for people in the crowd who might have been offended, he said he didn’t feel it was a big deal. “It’s just the human body,” he said.
He said he hoped Obama “didn’t take it that harsh.”
“I think he’s a great guy. I think he’s doing a great job for this country,” he said. Rodriguez offered to contribute some of the money to a charity of the president’s choice.
Wonkette: “Juan is even willing to donate some of his winnings to the charity of Obama’s choosing, which of course will be Hamas or maybe Center for Death to America.”
UPDATE 3: Boo.
Washington: A US billionaire has said he won’t pay a man who streaked in front of Barack Obama for a $1 million reward, unless the president confirms he saw the naked dash, a media report said Wednesday.
Alki David, the filthy-rich heir to a shipping and bottle-plant empire, who promised to pay $1 million to anyone who streaked in front of Obama, now says the video of Juan Rodriguez’s birthday-suit sprint at a Philadelphia rally Sunday is inconclusive, The New York Post reported.
“We’re waiting to hear from the president to see if he, in fact, saw Juan Rodriguez during the streaking challenge,” David told The Post. “As soon as we get confirmation, we will make the payment.”