“Everything about this moment is beautiful!” This was the mantra repeated continually by the regrettably-naked man at the recent Coachella Music and Arts Festival, as he was surrounded by three policemen and told to put his clothes back on. Despite numerous entreaties by both the cops and a few onlookers to comply, the man kept tossing his shed clothing away from him, succeeding in frustrating the constables enough for them to lay hands on him in an attempt to get him dressed.
The longer the scene went on — and the video is over five minutes in length — the more agitated the crowd became, with yells to the policemen to lay off and leave the guy alone. The man in question, however, remained fairly calm throughout, insisting over and over that everything was beautiful. Finally, he was wrestled to the ground amid a chorus of boos from the encircling crowd, which turned to angry screams a few seconds later as the man was repeatedly tasered by one of the policemen.
Now, I’ve never been tasered myself, and I assume there are tasers with variable levels of strength, but I have to admit being impressed by the man’s ability to both remain composed — such as he was — under assault, and that he was able to take so many hits without being visibly incapacitated. Indeed, after the third time, I was hoping he’d just pass out and put an end to the entire scene, but he kept going, and the cops kept tasering him, and I’m surprised the whole thing failed to turn into a riot. Watch the video below.