In Reno, a Mexican-run joint — it seems at first glance like a bar. At second glance, when you see the ‘No Persons Under 21 Allowed’ sign, it seems more like a bar — was flying the Mexican flag above the American flag. It’s illegal to do such a thing in this country, the newscasters tell us.
So, a man with a 5-year-long beard decided to deal with things his way. The way an American would. Grunt.
Then, he gets a spot on a national TV talk show — because the smallest action, if symbolically poignant, expands into a transcontinental agitation — to talk about what happened.
Is this innapropriate? It seems, at most generous, to be a form of citizen’s arrest: A relatively nonviolent approach to an ‘illegal’ situation, handled quickly and efficiently. Of course, at worst, it’s a wild stunt that reveals just how insecure we can be when people challenge America.