Wikileaks founder Julian Assange is set to make a London fashion week debut at the behest of fashion designer Vivienne Westwood’s son Ben Westwood.
But Assange will not leave his enclave at the Ecuadorian embassy in London – he will continue to hideout there as the event itself comes to him, according to the Independent.
Assange, who has been holed up in the South American country’s embassy in London for over two years now, is likely taking part in the performance to boost his profile. Ben Westwood’s comments on the show reflect as much. He said:
“Julian’s been in the embassy for two years and it’s important that he doesn’t slip into obscurity. I want to highlight Julian Assange’s plight. What happened to him is totally unfair.”
But others beg to differ. Assange is hiding out in the embassy instead of facing a trial of his peers over allegations of sexual misconduct including rape.
The theme of Assange’s modelling is said to be the Clint Eastwood western ‘The Good, the Bad and the Ugly’. It is unclear yet which Assange is supposed to be, though we have our ideas.
“I’ve designed something for him along those lines and will be getting him to wear it,” Westwood added.
“I’ve got another garment with a Julian Assange print.”
The latest publicity-seeking event is perhaps one of the most bizarre for Assange, and brings back memories of when another political firebrand, George Galloway, acted like a cat on UK reality show ‘Celebrity Big Brother’.
While Galloway’s political career has bounced back from that moment, his personal life continues to be plagued by people ‘meowing’ at him in the street.
It is no surprise that Galloway has backed Assange much to the disgust of anti-rape campaigners who were incensed by Galloway’s reference to “bad sexual etiquette”.