We're all seeing a lot more of former Army Specialist Stewart Zamudio. He's taken it all off for Playgirl magazine in protest of the Patriot Act which he says, heh, "strips away" Americans' freedoms.
Zamudio spent six years as a National Guardsman even appearing in a TV commercial from Ground Zero for the military but slowly started to feel as though his opinions didn't jive with his mission.
He says of his time in service, "I think that there is a restriction on what you shouldn't say and what you should do and shouldn't do and how you should express yourself," he said. "I mean, you're not supposed to criticize your boss. . . And I did." He continues, "I think it's gotten too political, the war and everything. And we just have to focus. I want to change the meaning of what the American flag is to the people."
The meaning of the flag just might be different draped across his naked shoulders in the pages of the racy mag. He's also pictured in his official uniform. Critics don't like either method of covering up, nor Zamudio's message. One says, "It's a dishonor to everybody else who serves. We don't need to do that that. We don't need to look like the sorry character he's portrayed."
Zamudio received $1,000 for the shoot, money he's giving to a veteran he says needs money for medical reasons. What do you think of this protest? Is wearing his uniform and his flag in protest in a magazine like Playgirl a clever and appropriate way to sound off or does it strip both of dignity?
To see Zamudio in action (don't worry it's safe for work),