Real Bridgeport Heroes: Jackie, the Rahm streaker
“I did it mostly for the money, but I want to use it for social justice causes,” Jackie S., a Bridgeport resident, told Chicagoist yesterday, after streaking in front of the mayor at the Pride parade. She’s trying to win $250,000 from Greek billionaire Alki David, who announced that he would put up the money to whoever dared streak in front of the mayor.
She told her story to Gapers Block:
At one point, Rahm’s wife was talking about the Alki David bet with some woman. They had this long conversation about how this billionaire put this video out and she was like, “He’s hoping no one does it.”
In my head I thought, “Well, that’s what I’m here to do.”
I’m an activist here in Chicago. I am not a fan of Rahm Emanuel at all. So once I streaked I planned on chanting, “Yay boobs, yay butts, fuck your budget cuts.”
I had friends helping me in all my other attempts but they weren’t available to go with me to Pride — so this time I had no one. I was in charge of video recording and streaking.
Towards the end of the parade, there was finally an opportunity where an older gentleman stopped Rahm and started talking to him. When I saw that happen I knew that was my moment.
I thought, “I hope this works. Alki David better pay up.”
I knew I had only a couple seconds. I put my cellphone on record and took off my dress. My phone locked, so I fumbled to get it back recording.
I’ve never streaked before. But I do the World Naked Bike Ride every year. I don’t know if that counts as streaking, but it’s a lot of fun.
It felt very free in a weird way as I ran towards Rahm.
As he turned towards me he saw me totally naked. We made eye contact. He looked really pissed off that someone would be able to do it.
Chicago’s activist community is trumpeting Jackie’s cause, since it looks like David, the billionaire, doesn’t want to pay up, since Jackie didn’t promote his website, or something.