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Nude models brave cold to protest low pay
Reuters ^ | 16 December 2008 | James Mackenzie

Posted on 12/17/2008 1:19:01 PM PST by george76

Artists' models in Paris stripped naked Monday, braving freezing temperatures to protest against a ban on tips and to demand better pay and recognition.

More than 20 male and female models, some posing nude while others were draped in a colorful array of shawls, sheets and fur coats, took part in the protest that had the backing of two of France's biggest labor unions.

The action was triggered by a recent decision by the Paris authorities to enforce a ban on artists' tips, known as "cornet" after the rolled-up cone of drawing paper in which painters traditionally dropped some money for their models.

"We're very badly paid and it's always been that way," said model Carole Kras, who joined others in the courtyard of a 16th century palace that houses the Paris cultural affairs offices.

"We've always had the 'cornet' to make up for some of that but now they want to get rid of it," she said, as shivering colleagues got dressed after briefly disrobing.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Humor; Outdoors; Society; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: france; globalwarming; laborunions; paris; unions
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1 posted on 12/17/2008 1:19:01 PM PST by george76
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To: george76
“We're very badly paid and it's always been that way,” said model Carole Kras...

Hey, you are simply posing nude! Why don't you get a job that actually does something useful?

2 posted on 12/17/2008 1:21:39 PM PST by ConservativeMind (What's "Price Gouging"? Should government force us to sell to the 15th highest bidder on eBay?)
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To: george76

I only came in to read the article, honest.


3 posted on 12/17/2008 1:22:28 PM PST by Gator113 ("Noli nothis permittere te terere.")
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To: george76

Kinda makes for interesting mental images of “pokies” doesn’t it?


4 posted on 12/17/2008 1:22:28 PM PST by tom h
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To: george76

5 posted on 12/17/2008 1:22:41 PM PST by dfwgator (I hate Illinois Marxists)
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To: george76

6 posted on 12/17/2008 1:22:49 PM PST by xcamel (The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it. - H. L. Mencken)
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To: tom h

some had shrinkage ?


7 posted on 12/17/2008 1:23:32 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76
braving freezing temperatures to protest against a ban on tips

I'm sorry, but that just made me laugh. If they wanted to ban tips, they went about it the wrong way.

8 posted on 12/17/2008 1:23:32 PM PST by CharlesWayneCT
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To: george76
"We're very badly paid and it's always been that way," said model Carole Kras, who joined others in the courtyard of a 16th century palace that houses the Paris cultural affairs offices.

Unskilled labor draws unskilled wages.

9 posted on 12/17/2008 1:23:49 PM PST by Alex Murphy ( "Every country has the government it deserves" - Joseph Marie de Maistre)
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To: george76

Clearly, they need to unionize. That’ll raise their wages, improve their benefits, and make life easier.
[/sarcasm]


10 posted on 12/17/2008 1:24:14 PM PST by tom h
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To: george76

Tips... Hah Hah She said tips... /Beavis&Butthead mode


11 posted on 12/17/2008 1:24:19 PM PST by csvset
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To: george76
Artists' models in Paris stripped naked Monday, braving freezing temperatures to protest against a ban on tips and to demand better pay and recognition.

These 'professionals' are too stupid to deserve a raise - at least the guys are. What fool would disrobe in the middle of winter, and not be doing it for laughs?

12 posted on 12/17/2008 1:24:25 PM PST by skeeter
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To: george76

I think I could offer them minimum wage to lay around my place.


13 posted on 12/17/2008 1:25:14 PM PST by FreedomFerret
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To: george76

Warning!
What is seen can't be unseen!!!



It ain't pretty!

AP Photo at this link




See, you just had to click the link, didn't ya!
14 posted on 12/17/2008 1:26:11 PM PST by TomGuy
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To: george76

Pictures please.


15 posted on 12/17/2008 1:26:11 PM PST by MovementConservative (Not a Bush Republican, a Limbaugh/Levin conservative.)
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To: george76
"We're very badly paid and it's always been that way," said model Carole Kras

Standing around naked isn't the most demanding job. Maybe if you sang a few songs, did some dancing, and mixed a few drinks you make get a pay raise.

16 posted on 12/17/2008 1:26:16 PM PST by TheWasteLand
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To: CharlesWayneCT
I'm sorry, but that just made me laugh. If they wanted to ban tips, they went about it the wrong way.

LOL, I don't care who you are, now that's funny.

17 posted on 12/17/2008 1:26:40 PM PST by dfwgator (I hate Illinois Marxists)
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To: CharlesWayneCT
they went about it the wrong way.

Oh, I don't know, they must have had at least a couple of good points.

18 posted on 12/17/2008 1:26:49 PM PST by tbpiper (Now irate and tireless, but mostly irate.)
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To: TomGuy

Why is it that the people who like going around naked, are precisely the people that you don’t want to see naked?


19 posted on 12/17/2008 1:27:31 PM PST by dfwgator (I hate Illinois Marxists)
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To: xcamel
Photobucket
20 posted on 12/17/2008 1:28:02 PM PST by IrishPennant (Patriotism is strongest when accompanied by bad politics, loyal FRiends and great whiskey)
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To: george76

You could cut glass with those things...


21 posted on 12/17/2008 1:28:17 PM PST by null and void (Hey 0bama? There will be a pop quiz every day for the next four years...miss a question, people die.)
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To: tbpiper
Oh, I don't know, they must have had at least a couple of good points.

Sitting way up high. Way up firm and high.

22 posted on 12/17/2008 1:28:34 PM PST by dfwgator (I hate Illinois Marxists)
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23 posted on 12/17/2008 1:28:48 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76
More than 20 male and female models, some posing nude while others were draped in a colorful array of shawls, sheets and fur coats, took part in the protest that had the backing of two of France's biggest labor unions.

Lemme guess, it was the dudes who dropped trou for the protest. I don't picture even Frenchmen wearing shawls or fur coats.

24 posted on 12/17/2008 1:29:00 PM PST by weegee ("Let Me Just Cut You Off, Because I Don't Want You To Waste Your Question" - B.Obama Dec 16, 2008)
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To: george76
The models, who work for the city of Paris posing for students and professional artists, said the end of the "cornet" was the last straw.

So the city employs the nude models. That seems like a pretty odd arrangement.

She said an average wage of 10 euros ($13) an hour for posing sessions that often lasted around three hours was inadequate.

I think she has a point, there. Thirteen bucks an hour for what is skilled work is pretty low wages.

Christophe Girard, an official responsible for cultural affairs at the Paris city hall, said authorities had no choice but to ban the cornet, which had been ruled illegal.

Why was this done? Was the system being abused, with the cornet being exchanged for ... (ahem) ... other services?

25 posted on 12/17/2008 1:29:07 PM PST by gridlock (QUESTION AUTHORITY)
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To: george76

The only thing those people should be modeling is socks....on the radio.


26 posted on 12/17/2008 1:29:48 PM PST by dfwgator (I hate Illinois Marxists)
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To: MovementConservative

Not Safe For Work

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/news/world/nude-models-sick-of-cold-shoulder/2008/12/16/1229189656608.html


27 posted on 12/17/2008 1:30:36 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76
a ban on tips and to demand better pay and recognition

Are tips even customary in France in other industries?

Recognition? Post pictures of yourself nekkid on the internet and someone will recognize you.

28 posted on 12/17/2008 1:30:51 PM PST by weegee ("Let Me Just Cut You Off, Because I Don't Want You To Waste Your Question" - B.Obama Dec 16, 2008)
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To: george76

Sigh...it never fails that the threads that should have pictures of the accused don’t and the ones that don’t do. Pictures of naked models is a basic human right, dang it.


29 posted on 12/17/2008 1:31:25 PM PST by crazyhorse691 (Obama is Americas new Forrest Gump...but with an oversized ego and ears.)
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To: george76

It always pays to remember that adage, “Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.”


30 posted on 12/17/2008 1:31:31 PM PST by dfwgator (I hate Illinois Marxists)
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To: george76
"We're very badly paid and it's always been that way,"

It's tradition. Good artists starve too and are not recognized in their lifetimes. But their works and their models' pictures outlive them.

31 posted on 12/17/2008 1:32:14 PM PST by weegee ("Let Me Just Cut You Off, Because I Don't Want You To Waste Your Question" - B.Obama Dec 16, 2008)
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To: george76

Looks like someone has the aids.


32 posted on 12/17/2008 1:32:51 PM PST by Trillian
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To: TomGuy
See, you just had to click the link, didn't ya!

I can resist anything except tempation.

For those who don't want to go to the page, there are some Euroguys from the chest up in desparate need of some cheeseburgers and some Eurogirls from the collarbones up. Nothing horrifying like Helen Thomas at the protest, but then nothing showing exactly how cold it is either.

33 posted on 12/17/2008 1:33:19 PM PST by KarlInOhio (11/4: The revolutionary socialists beat the Fabian ones. Where can we find a capitalist party?)
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To: dfwgator

Larry King had a face for radio and a voice for newspaper. The USA Today ran his picture and then some damned fool gave him a tv show after his radio gig bombed out.


34 posted on 12/17/2008 1:33:29 PM PST by weegee ("Let Me Just Cut You Off, Because I Don't Want You To Waste Your Question" - B.Obama Dec 16, 2008)
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To: george76

Nude models have labor unions in France? What are their demands, sunscreen and pasties?


35 posted on 12/17/2008 1:34:04 PM PST by mnehring
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To: gridlock
So the city employs the nude models. That seems like a pretty odd arrangement.

All hail socialism.

36 posted on 12/17/2008 1:34:30 PM PST by weegee ("Let Me Just Cut You Off, Because I Don't Want You To Waste Your Question" - B.Obama Dec 16, 2008)
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To: mnehrling

Rosie O’Donut has a clause in her contract demanding sunscreen and pastries.


37 posted on 12/17/2008 1:35:13 PM PST by weegee ("Let Me Just Cut You Off, Because I Don't Want You To Waste Your Question" - B.Obama Dec 16, 2008)
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To: george76

Derek Zoolander: “Have you ever wondered if there was more to life, other than being really, really, ridiculously good looking?”


38 posted on 12/17/2008 1:36:12 PM PST by Alex Murphy ( "Every country has the government it deserves" - Joseph Marie de Maistre)
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To: Bender2

Obligatory picture of notorious nude model, Helen Thomas.

39 posted on 12/17/2008 1:37:35 PM PST by big'ol_freeper (Gen. George S. Patton to Michael Moore... American Carol: "I really like slapping you.")
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To: Trillian
Looks like someone has the aids.

You have aids
Yes you have aids
I hate to tell you boy that you have aids
You've got the aids
You may have caught it when you stuck that filthy needle in here
Or maybe all that unprotected sex you adhere
It isn't clear
But what we're searching for is you have aids
Yes you have aids
Not H.I.V. but full blown aids...

Be sure that you see
That this is not H.I.V.
But really full blown aids...
Not H.I.V. but really
Full blown aids

I'm sorry I wish it was something less serious.......
FULL BLOWN AIDS..
You've got the aiiiiiiiiii----iiiids..

40 posted on 12/17/2008 1:38:33 PM PST by dfwgator (I hate Illinois Marxists)
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To: IrishPennant

close enough.


41 posted on 12/17/2008 1:42:05 PM PST by xcamel (The urge to save humanity is always a false front for the urge to rule it. - H. L. Mencken)
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To: Travis T. OJustice

you seen this one yet?


42 posted on 12/17/2008 1:43:20 PM PST by absolootezer0 (Detroit- hey, at least we're less corrupt than Chicago)
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To: george76

by the looks of the photo, not only are they under paid, but under fed.


43 posted on 12/17/2008 1:44:16 PM PST by j_guru
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To: george76

If anyone has a burning need to see the pictures they were on the Huffington Post earlier today. Personally, it isn’t worth giving that site the hit.


44 posted on 12/17/2008 1:54:27 PM PST by garv (Conservatism in '12)
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To: dfwgator

Sometimes using one’s imagination is better than actually seeing the picture ?


46 posted on 12/17/2008 1:56:48 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

Yes. I’m thinking of 20 naked Salma Hayek lookalikes.


47 posted on 12/17/2008 1:58:13 PM PST by dfwgator (I hate Illinois Marxists)
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To: garv

I never go there


48 posted on 12/17/2008 1:58:28 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: dfwgator

That would be nice.

But these model only earn $13 per hour.


49 posted on 12/17/2008 1:59:33 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: weegee

$ 13 per hour does not buy much these days.

Even in Paris?


50 posted on 12/17/2008 2:01:13 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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