An angry nudist followed a San Francisco city supervisor as he walked to work last week shouting and flipping him off.
Nudist George Davis, who was clothed at the time, held both his arms above his head and shouted “civil liberty” while following Supervisor Scott Wiener to work last week on Walk to Work Day, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Davis, who is a nudist activist, is running for Mayor following an unsuccessful campaign to unseat Wiener as the city’s District 8 supervisor.
During an interview, nudist Davis told SFBay he’s angry with Wiener for authoring the bill to outlaw public nudity in the city, “He wants to turn this city into a warm Milwaukee.”
Davis has run several unsuccessful campaigns to unseat Weiner who he says represents the one percent and not the 99 percent.
Nudity used to be legal in San Francisco, and the only rule was nudists needed a towel between them and any public seating.
Getting naked was a popular practice in the city’s Castro district where middle-aged men were often seen sitting naked in Jane Warner Plaza.
That was until 2012 when Wiener proposed a city ordinance banning public nudity. The bill took effect in 2013 despite several protests by the nudists, including one inside city hall where they disrobed during a Board of Supervisor’s meeting, according to the Inquisitr.
Public nudity is, however, still allowed at permitted parades and protests.
Since then, pro nudist advocates who call themselves body freedom activists have rallied against the law at several protests across the city. They are also involved in a federal lawsuit against the city, claiming their civil rights were violated.
The nudists claim all their permits for nude parades and naked protests were arbitrarily denied by the city.
Body freedom activists have named themselves after the idea that anyone should be able to do anything they want with their own body. This includes working as a sex worker, choosing to have a child or not, and also to be free from assault.
Gypsy Taub, leader of the body freedom activists, is originally from Russia, but now lives in the San Francisco Bay Area where she hosts a public access show called “My Naked Truth.” She told SFBay she takes her clothes off so people will listen to her.
“The greatest thing about this country is not the financial opportunities, but the freedom of expression. That’s why I hate to see the First Amendment shredded in the most liberal city in America. If clothes were illegal I would be dressed.”