Gerard Depardieu is my new hero.
I equate him with the lone demonstrator who faced down a squadron of Chinese Type 59 armed tanks in Tiananmen Square, holding nothing but an empty shopping bag. (Editor's note: For those of you who missed it, the actor was thrown off an Air France flight from Paris to Dublin for urniating outside the confines of the restroom.)
Depardieu, in his own way, faced down the culture of corporate greed and control, holding something much more symbolic than an empty shopping bag, albeit equally vacant and non-threatening.
Depardieu's urgent need to relieve himself is metaphoric to the basic rights and privileges that are denied to many of us.
It doesn't matter if it's an international airline, a media conglomerate, or the United States Government -- the basic needs that we pay...