GoTopless counter-protest countered by topless activists, woman arrested

by Jennifer Saylor on August 28, 2011

Chad Nesbitt and Carl Mumpower, two locals active with the Buncombe County Republican Party, organized a counter-protest, Sanity in the Public Square, to the GoTopless Asheville rally held one week ago Sunday.Topless women crashed the counter-protest. An arrest ensued. Here’s the story as it unfolded online.

Here’s the website created for Sunday’s counter-protest.

Sanity In The Public Square

13; 
 There will be a protest Sunday, Aug. 28th 2 PM in downtown Asheville to support the enforcement of community standards in Asheville NC … No nudity, or vulgar behavior should be tolerated in public places. The sensibilities of families and those trying to enjoy public amenities should not be subjected to the aberrant exhibitionist ideology of a few extremists.

Counter-protest organizers allege the GoTopless protest held last week, in which women appeared naked from the waist up, was child abuse.

Protest downtown to protest last weeks protest… “Chid Abuse” has to stop! http://t.co/7aFTHgA #avlnews
JBeXp
August 28, 2011

Local liberal political blog Scrutiny Hooligans shared the email counter-protest organizer Mumpower sent to the Buncombe County Department of Social Services, alleging the GoTopless rally was “child sexual abuse.”

Chad Nesbitt Calls For Support :: Scrutiny Hooligans

Mtn. X: “Former Buncombe County Republican Party chair Chad Nesbitt announced today on WWNC radio”s “The Matt Mittan Show” that he”s planning an Aug. 28 rally in downtown Asheville to protest the Aug. 21 GoTopless rally. He said the rally will be held at 2 p.m.

Counter-protesters gathered in front of City Hall. Photo by Emma Wright of WLOS.

Asheville Tweeter Michael Muller was there at the scene.

There are perhaps 20 old white people in attendance for Carl Mumpower’s anti-boob rally at the Vance monument.
michaelfmuller
August 28, 2011

Photo: a GoTopless activist there to counter the counter-protest, just before she went topless. Worksafe link.

sanity in the square… LMAO this was right before she took her top off. EQUALITY FOR ALL! #avlnews #protestdisrupted http://t.co/ziPl1Qe
OnePartyUSA
August 28, 2011

A woman was arrested at the protest. Both links are worksafe. According to the Citizen-Times, she was arrested after removing all her clothes.

 

Toplessness is legal in Asheville. Bottomlessness isn’t.

Video of possible wrongful arrest at sanity in the squaure protest today in Asheville, NC. http://t.co/FblCr6W #avlnews #asheville #p2
OnePartyUSA
August 28, 2011

Women bare breasts at anti-topless rally in Asheville

ASHEVILLE – A rally by opponents of a topless protest last Sunday took an unexpected turn when two women bared their breasts. The event this afternoon at Pack Square Park in the downtown drew about 50 anti-topless protesters, but the crowd quickly swelled as people stopped to listen.

RT @wright_emma: Topless protester arrested at counter protest http://t.co/7xsbAW3
BlogAsheville
August 28, 2011

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