Dubai’s a pretty mental place. It has the swagger and shimmer of a modern, multi-loaded society with all the bells and whistles of a gold-plated Richard Branson. But on the same card it has ancient and backwards laws that make it more akin to a medieval society than the hideously wealthy place it actually is.
Last year a Norwegian woman was jailed for “extramarital sex” after reporting she was raped. In 2008 an Australian woman was jailed for 8 months when she reported a colleague for drugging and raping her. I digress. But you get my point, for such a modern place there are some areas in which they’re disgracefully backwards.
Why am I banging on about all of this? Well, today the most pierced man in the world – Rolf Buchholz – was turned away from Dubai this week. Why was he turned away? Apparently security at the airport were concerned that he was practicing “black magic“… OMG.
Firstly someone who does black magic looks like the fella below, not a piercing in sight and secondly, no one believes in black magic anymore in the civilised world because we’re not in the dark ages. Get a grip.
Buchholz has 453 piercings and a couple of implanted horns for good measure. He does look pretty nuts but that’s no excuse to turn someone away, he’s a Guinness World Record holder and a computer expert. Perhaps Buchholz should carry around a laminated copy of the picture below to remind people that looking weird doesn’t mean you’re dangerous and horrible, and that looking normal is no guarantee that someone isn’t a complete and utter psycho.
Ask yourself a question Mr Dubai Security Man, who would you rather leave in charge of your kids?:
Problem solved. As long as they got the Goonies over there.
Buchholz was on his way to perform at the Cirque le Soir nightclub where there will be a few disappointed punters this week. Rolf had this to say on Twitter… fair enough mate:
Oh well. If you’re planning on hitting up Dubai any time soon, remember not to get hundreds of piercings and/or be a rape victim. OK? Travel safe, people.