Last year we had quite a debate about this parade – freedom of speech or degrading to women and society generally? Your thoughts?
Boobs on Bikes man indignant at injunction threat
3:45PM Thursday August 14, 2008
The Auckland City Council have gone to court to try and stop a topless parade from travelling down Queen St.
A majority of Auckland City Councillors have today voted to seek a court injunction to prevent the Boobs On Bikes parade from happening in Auckland’s CBD next week.
However, the parade’s organiser says he won’t stand by and let a court injunction prevent the event from going ahead.
The display is to promote the Erotica Lifestyles Expo.
Organiser Steve Crow says it is not against the law to ride on the back of a motorbike topless, so there is little the council can do. He says he does not have a permit for the parade, and has never needed one.
Mr Crow says it is hard to see how the District Court could issue an injunction which would overturn the Bill of Rights.
Some members of the city council, however, are unimpressed.
Councillor Cathy Casey says the organiser’s claim the parade is about freedom of expression is “absolute crap”. She says it just free advertising for a porn show, and the council finds the parade offensive. Ms Casey is confident the District Court will grant the injunction.
However, councillor Bill Christian believes the council is overreacting, saying the parade attracts a decent crowd.
“It’s simply an aspect of life in the 21st Century that we have to accept there are times when women will bare their breasts, let’s hope it stops at that.”
– NEWSTALK ZB