The Public is the Enemy

When I watched Vivienne’s talk with Julian Assange last night it came to mind to share this little story with you. As some of you already know I’m working on the technical side of all the Worlds End special products.

I go through Heathrow Terminal 1 quite frequently. I know my ways there. I’m one of those people who always come last minute when everyone is sitting in the plane already. About 3 weeks ago, after I went through security, half way in the main hall, I was stopped by 2 security guys who were running to catch me. They said they saw my t-shirt and I’m not allowed to wear this on the airport grounds. I was surprised and confused, at first didn’t understand what they wanted from me (I must admit I like men in uniform). They explained there is a rule that it is not allowed to show the word ‘Terrorist’ in whichever way in the airport, because it could create panic?!? I read the shirt to them, explained this t-shirt is about bringing up a question. It is not an encouragement for potential terrorists. Those guys didn’t like discussions. I had to take the shirt off, turn it around and wear it inside out. They took me to a separate room to do that.

What makes me so angry about it is that whoever invented that rule thinks people are stupid. It shows there is no trust in the community. I only hope that this is not a law, and rather a funny idea by an overly excited security manager of a privately run company. Still an airport is a public space, it represents a country.

The ‘I’m not a terrorist’ t-shirt was never one of my favourite Westwood tees. I know it’s popular, but for me the ‘please don’t arrest me’ always sounded rather passive. After that incident I like it much more. It became a powerful tool.


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10 thoughts on “The Public is the Enemy

  1. Wow!! a true sign of the times man!!,,the unbearable weight of mistrust by government and then possibly our own community is too much..the same thing is happening with Bradley Manning and Julian Assange. The assumption by those in power that they now determine or regulate what words we can even utter or wear or what information we share?..the thought that by sharing with a journalist or writing even a terrorists name on yourself etc..could bring us closer to 1984 ? .
    We all might as wear this shirt in mass and then see what happens…how do we change this?…love this Blog and love this shirt!!

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  3. Terrorists and terrorism is something that exists. It’s better to bring attention and ask the question rather than to have one turn their shirt inside out and pretend it makes everything better! So many people refuse to accept the reality of today.

  4. Gah sometimes political correctness and the like just go too far. You’re absolutely right, it makes us all out to be stupid and as if a genuine terrorist WOULD wear a t-shirt pointing themselves out anyway! I doubt I’d ever see that word and panic, because you know any real terror situation would not be spelt out on a t-shirt or sign or whatever…”beware terrorist act in progress”, oh better avoid that queue!