Sunday, September 2, 2018

Bikini-clad Sadiq Khan

Photograph: Nishat Ahmed/AP 

A balloon depicting London Mayor Sadiq Khan in a yellow bikini floats over London, UK on September 01, 2018. AFP pic

Critics of London Mayor Sadiq Khan (right) on Saturday launched a big balloon caricaturing him scowling in a yellow bikini “in retaliation” for the “Baby Trump” blimp he let fly over Westminster on July 13, 2018. 

For photos of the orangey nappy-clad baby, check out my post @ 

The mayoral caper was staged by Yanny Bruere, who claims he is a free speech advocate, and it is funded through nearly £60,000 ($78,000, €67,000) in contributions on a crowdfunding website. 

Organizers chose the yellow bikini because Sadiq ruled in 2016 London’s transport network would not allow adverts which could create body confidence issues following controversy over a protein shake poster featuring a model in a yellow bikini asking “are you beach body ready?” 

For Malaysians, yellow is the color of protest, à la Bersih

Still, the mayor sportingly said people were welcome to watch the stunt. 

“If people want to spend their Saturday looking at me in a yellow bikini they’re welcome to do so – I don’t really think yellow’s my colour though”, he quipped to UK’s ITV News.

On Sunday, Steven Gerrard who is managing Rangers was up against his old Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers who’s in charge of Celtic – his first Old Firm derby.

In this Scottish Premiership game, Celtic had the upper hand when they scored in the sixty-second minute and it was a stunning goal from a scintillating counter-attack. 

Tom Rogic won the ball on the edge of his own penalty area and darted forward. He slid in Odsonne Edouard at the edge of the other box and the striker picked out James Forrest, who squared for Olivier Ntcham to slot home. 

Despite Rangers’ 0-1 loss – to me, it was still a major accomplishment for Gerrard because last season, Celtic had pulverised Rangers 4-0 and 5-0.

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