A 2009 Cambodian beauty pageant for disabled women was full of land mines from start to finish. Testing taboos, a Norwegian theater director wanted to draw attention to survivors in a war zone. Twenty women scarred by decades of war were to parade their amputated bodies for the chance at a new prosthetic limb. The organizer had the support of the government’s mine action agency.
Days before the debut of a photo exhibit, a lead-up to the live pageant, there was much indignation and all support collapsed. The cancelled pageant provoked controversy even in its aftermath.
Branded as turncoats and accused of committing treason, eight men were hung in public view by the British near the end of the War of 1812. This image depicting feet in the air is a part of a mural by Lori Le Mare. (http://www.pinterest.com/mmrocks/fieldcote-museum-exhibit-by-lori-lemare/)
The Fieldcote Museum in Ancaster Ontario has become a centre of the “Bloody Assize” commemoration. Apparently, several visitors to the museum have acknowledged a family connection to these infamous Upper Canadian settlers. Mark McNeil (firstname.lastname@example.org) wrote in the Hamilton Spectator: “Time has a way of revising attitudes. Yesterday’s traitor might be seen today as an unfortunate rebel. One man’s turncoat is another man’s hero. And maybe the British army was doing things that deserved disloyalty, such as throwing people out of their homes and eating their food”.