An Egyptian-American reporter was arrested today after spray painting over an ad inside a New York subway that she found offensive.
And the whole episode was captured on camera.
The ad stated the following:
In any war between the civilized man and the savage, support the civilized man.
As a videographer recorded her, Mona Eltahawy stated that she was expressing her First Amendment rights to protest, failing to acknowledge that she was also committing an act of vandalism.
Meanwhile, another woman with a camera who said her name was “Pamela” kept trying to prevent Eltahawy from spray painting the ad, even standing in front of it to the point where she would get spray painted.
At one point, Pamela stuck the end of her monopod in Eltahawy’s midsection, prompting the reporter to threaten to call police on her.
The two woman got into a shoving match before a pair of New York City cops walked up and arrested Eltahawy who continued to yell in protest that she was being stripped of her rights to express herself.
But if her main goal was to raise awareness about the sign, she probably accomplished her mission.
The woman with the camera is Pamela Hall who obviously works for Geller, which is why she was doing all she can to defend the ad, especially considering the New York Post was there with a video camera to document her dedication to her boss.
Eltahawy was charged with criminal mischief, according a friend who was tweeting from her account under the hashtag #ProudSavage.
According to ABC News:
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority in New York initially refused to run blogger Pamela Geller’s ad, saying it was “demeaning.” But a federal judge ruled in July that it is protected speech under the First Amendment.
Geller, executive director of the American Freedom Defense Initiative and publisher of a blog called Atlas Shrugs, has said she’s not concerned that her ad could spark protests like the ones against the depiction of Muslims in the video “Innocence of Muslims.” Violence linked to the movie has left dozens in seven countries dead, including the American ambassador to Libya.
The ad was plastered on San Francisco city buses in recent weeks, prompting some people to deface the ads and remove some of the words, including “Jihad,” or holy war.
Geller said the subway ads cost about $6,000. The MTA said they will be up for a month.
I wasn’t familiar with neither Geller or Eltahawy before this story but from what I’m gathering, they’re both extremists in their beliefs.
Below is a picture from Facebook of a Jew and a Muslim who are not extremists and have learned to co-exist without hatemongering.
I’m wondering if the First Amendment would force the MTA to accept ads critical of the New York City Police Department because that might be a valid use of funds considering the NYPD’s rampant abuse of First Amendment rights during Occupy protests.
Please send stories, tips and videos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
CARLOS MILLER’S LEGAL DEFENSE FUND
I am immersed in a legal case where I not only want to clear my criminal charges stemming from my arrest in January, but I want to sue the Miami-Dade Police Department for deleting my footage, which I was able to recover.
My goal is to set some type of precedent to ensure this does not happen as often as it does today where cops simply get away with it.
So if you would like to contribute, please click on the “donate” button below and contribute whatever you can afford.
Facebook PINAC Page