Toilet Tourists

It has been said, not without justification, that there’s no such thing as “bad press.” While one would generally suppose there must be a limit somewhere, everywhere one looks, no matter how slimy the context, celebrity triumphs effortlessly over even nominal good sense.

Still, you’d have to slip pretty low down the evolutionary totem pole, it seems to me, for this.

The Minneapolis airport toilet where US senator Larry Craig was arrested for allegedly soliciting gay sex is now attracting tourists, say airport staff.

“People are taking pictures,” Karen Evans, an information officer at Minneapolis-St Paul international airport, told Associated Press.

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[T]ourists passing through the airport cannot resist the temptation to have a look at the scene.

“We had to just stop and check out the bathroom,” said Sally Westby of Minneapolis, on her way to Guatemala with her husband Jon.

“In fact, it’s Jon’s second time – he was here last week already.”

Royal Zino, who works at the shoeshine shop next to the public lavatory, said “it’s been crazy”.

“People have been going inside, taking pictures of the stall, taking pictures outside the bathroom door.”

The mind boggles. The senses reel. Is this the end of civilization? Have we finally abandoned all pretense of a culture separate from Fox, USA Today, People, and American Idol? Or is this the final proof that we never leave behind the obsessions we had in the 8th grade?

I shudder. I feel we are lost.

On the other hand, such behaviour explains Michele Malkin, and that was worrying me, too.

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