Monday, February 06, 2006

Rough Justice

I couldn’t help but notice a contrast between the hands of two men in the media in the last 24 hours.

In the Super Bowl half time show last night, Mick Jagger’s limbs, pelvis, head, mouth – everything – moved in unbelievable possibilities on the Rolling Stones’ giant pack-n-play mouth-n-tongue stage.

AP Photo/Amy Sancetta

Today Abdel Fattah Abdel Razek was shown on the front page of the New York Times online. He’s a Sunni captive in Iraq, being questioned with questionable methods by Iraqi police, even as our own US methods of investigation are being reviewed.

Regardless of what one thinks of American patriotism, the comparison of lifestyles and freedoms is wrenching.

Note: Apparently even Mick Jagger's freedoms are limited, well, at least our freedom to hear what he sang. A few of his sexually explicit lyrics were censored by ABC (remember JJ's "wardrobe malfunction"?).

Original hands photo by Ashley Gilbertson (I cropped it)


Ginnie said...

Oh Ruth. My heart just groans and grieves over these dichotomies! Thanks for making the justaposition.

Don said...

Wow! You are really good at finding great photos to go with your thoughts.

Ruth said...

Heh, often it's the other way around: photos first, thoughts after.

Ruth said...

Thank you, Prairie Girl!! :)

Prairie Girl said...

You're very welcome Ruth! An interesting post -- the focus of hands.

The upward-reaching ones of the Jagger pic seem even more dramatic than the captive's. Which is too weird, isn't it?

Ruth said...

PG: Yes. Don't know if this is what you mean, but with the Jagger photo you can feel the movement, the energy. The stillness of the bound hands in the other pic makes it seem eerily peaceful.