The Uppity Bastard

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terrorists, okay; flamboyant brits, stay out

I don’t understand the powers that be. There is all of this regulation with flying, and getting into the country, and the TSA, and security lines, and showing your ID everywhere and I get why we do this; Ideally it makes us safer. But in reality it probably only makes some people feel safer, and a far greater number of us feel very annoyed and frustrated with airports in general. And who really knows just how much all of this security is actually effective from keeping valid threats to America from entering our borders. The cynic in me (or possibly the realist), thinks the results are not encouraging.

I bring this up because thousands of people enter our borders illegally each year by north and south, land and sea; some, if not many, with malevolent intentions, and some just yearning to be free, as the expression goes. Yet border officials at Newark International Airport recently denied entry to a British author/artist named Sebastian Horsley on grounds of “Moral Turpitude.” Horsley is a 45 year old author who was traveling to New York for the launch of the stateside release of his memoirs dedicated to “sex, drugs, and flamboyant fashion.” The book is called “Dandy in the Underworld,” and I’m sure is pretty damn interesting. I mean seriously, when is the last time you shot heroin and fucked a tranny prostitute?

But really, are you kidding me? The subjective standard of moral fucking turpitude can keep someone out of the this country who otherwise lawfully traveled here? First off, I have been to Newark, and a British dude wearing a velvet overcoat and who likes to talk about prostitutes and heroin is going to be a drop in the bucket of morally reprehensible actions that take place in that city. Second off, what the hell kind of rule is this that you can keep someone out who you (random border official) thinks does drugs and screws hookers and then writes about it for others’ entertainment. We are the country who created Jerry Springer, Hustler Magazine, Perez Hilton, 8 million shows about models cooking and dating, and countless other things that I may find morally repugnant. Who the hell are we to tell someone what they do is morally unsound?

I did a little reading about this guy and he seems like one helluva character. He came from a totally messed up family (his mom actually said he and his siblings were accidents and that she drank all throughout her pregnancies) and essentially it sounds like he turned his maladjusted childhood into a counter-culture writer career of sorts which has been incredibly well received all over the U.K. Shouldn’t we embrace this guy, or at least allow those who choose to embrace him the chance to hear him talk about his book?

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We have thousands if not millions of people in this country who are addicted to drugs, pay for sex, and do any number of actions that would make them guilty of moral turpitude, yet because some guy from another country did that, got paid to write about it, and was invited here to talk about those events, that somehow offends our delicate sensibilities? Give me a fucking break. Shit Sebastian, if you ever get back in to this country, I will go hear you talk, maybe I will even buy your book, there is no way it could offend my morals more than what Spencer and Heidi pretend to talk about on the fucking “Hills”.

UPDATE: Someone informed me that this was all a publicity stunt.  If that is true or not, I really don’t care.  I still stand by everything I said because I’m always right.  So there.

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March 27, 2008 - Posted by | news, rants | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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