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Former National Guardsman Plays Strip-Protest for Playgirl

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),

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Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Yeah Baker, that was me! (And Kris apparently too)
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
This guy is ridiculous. What a joke. I don't like what's going on, so I'm going to get naked in protest?!? Also only getting $1,000 shows that he isn't the most intelligent man on the block either.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
This guy is ridiculous. What a joke. I don't like what's going on, so I'm going to get naked in protest?!?Also only getting $1,000 shows that he isn't the most intelligent man on the block either.
cine_lover cine_lover 8 years
I prefer the word dirty, sy.
cine_lover cine_lover 8 years
I prefer the word dirty, sy.
syako syako 8 years
it just got nasty.
syako syako 8 years
it just got nasty.
cine_lover cine_lover 8 years
I don't know hypno, they might be too...you know...big
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
You can borrow my hot pants if you want cine. Haha!
cine_lover cine_lover 8 years
A 90 year old in Hot pants! I am counting down the hours until then!
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
hypno I know! thats why those ads are the best, no beating around the bush.... as it were ;) GS - is that you in your avatar?
hausfrau hausfrau 8 years
hypno I know! thats why those ads are the best, no beating around the bush.... as it were ;)GS - is that you in your avatar?
Auntie-Coosa Auntie-Coosa 8 years
FREEDOM OF SPEECH, except that he wore his OFFICIAL Guardsman's Uniform which I think in the Military Code of Conduct can get him in trouble. If the Media didn't make such a big deal of it, would we even be commenting on it. The Protest Photos I want to see are the ones of former President Bill Clinton as a student in Yale, sitting up in a tree in New Haven protesting the Viet Nam War. Those have been discretely removed from the New Haven, Conn, newspapers AND the school newspaper archives. Strange isn't it about the power of a Presidency?
Auntie-Coosa Auntie-Coosa 8 years
FREEDOM OF SPEECH, except that he wore his OFFICIAL Guardsman's Uniform which I think in the Military Code of Conduct can get him in trouble.If the Media didn't make such a big deal of it, would we even be commenting on it.The Protest Photos I want to see are the ones of former President Bill Clinton as a student in Yale, sitting up in a tree in New Haven protesting the Viet Nam War. Those have been discretely removed from the New Haven, Conn, newspapers AND the school newspaper archives. Strange isn't it about the power of a Presidency?
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
yester and rac, y'all have me literally loling.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
OMG! cabaker I just saw you comment about the M4M on Craigslist. LMAO! Yes the boys get down and dirty honey.
KrisSugar KrisSugar 8 years
yes hypno. I'm just have a juvenile sense of humor and i love laughing about it. :) Smooth Move!
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Isn't that a laxitiv?
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
Isn't that a laxitiv?
KrisSugar KrisSugar 8 years
Rac you need some Smooth Moove tea.
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
cine: i'll be wearing a red rose so you'll recognize me. oh, also i'll probably be the only 90 year old woman with a walker, wearing hot pants, smoking a cigar, and listening to an ipod. i'm hard to miss most places. see you then!
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
This is one of those things were a lot of people are going to be clearly offended for obvious reasons. I think its fine to be inappropriate to a degree when protesting.I'm also glad that the money was put to good use to make a statement about how deplorable our veteran’s services are here in the U.S.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
This is one of those things were a lot of people are going to be clearly offended for obvious reasons. I think its fine to be inappropriate to a degree when protesting. I'm also glad that the money was put to good use to make a statement about how deplorable our veteran’s services are here in the U.S.
cine_lover cine_lover 8 years
Are you bringing the roses or am I?
raciccarone raciccarone 8 years
I was talking about constipation. You guys weren't? Oh, now I'm just embarrassed.
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