I am not sure if it is an Australian habit, or something common to all nations, but streaking is in the news again after Serial Streaker, Wati Holmwood, decided to act as an un-jerseyed decoy runner at the deciding State of Origin test. With an evenly spread spray tan job he nuded up and dashed straight towards the play before tripping over and being pounced upon by yellow vested security.
Streaking used to be a big thing back when I was a child watching world series cricket. In the 80s nuding up and running out was dejour, the commentators would give points in terms of looks and and dodging techniques, the cameramen would follow and the offending member would often get away. Happy days.
In the 90s this was thought inappropriate, possibly interfering with the game or being not good for the kiddies. God forbid they see nudity. As a result, the pale runner was edited off the action and the commentators were not allowed to make too much fun. A vast change from earlier decades, anyone who has listened to the 12th man will know the joy of a good streaker joke.
Streaking also has a dark side though, when serial pest Peter Hore interrupted Australia’s world cup qualifier in 1997 (which Australia was leading 2-0) he broke the momentum and allowed Iran to equalise thus knocking us out of the World Cup, he had to be escorted out by police for his own protection.
Fines for streaking have increased tenfold since the 70s. What used to be a slap on the wrist is now a criminal offence. And forever captured on smartphones. Why streak? Is it the booze? The adrenalin? The attention seeking? I can’t say. Probably a bit of all of the above. but what used to be something common is now frowned upon heavily, and I wonder more why times have changed. Why are we taking it all so seriously?
I think my biggest problem with the modern streakers is they are just not as nice to look at. The 80s streakers were really good looking. Even in the 90s! One of my classmates, who later became Miss Nude Australia, did a dash. I guess the streakers now could just be the same streakers from the 90s, who have just gotten a bit older and saggier… albeit with a fantastic sense of body image.
Does streaking bother you? Is it all a bit of fun? Would it bother you if the streakers were really really good looking?