Amsterdam politician telling the naked truth (NSFW) Update with the election results (24th March)

With a naked politician on a poster, local elections in Amsterdam has taken an unexpected turn. Four years ago candidates for the D66 party tried to get gay men to the polling booth by putting themselves out on the famous and notorious Grindr app. This election the leader of the Pirate Party, Jelle de Graaf, took it one step further by baring it all, although he used the old-fashioned medium of election posters. Maybe this last ditched effort before the elections can get them a seat in the city council.

The naked politician and his message

The Piratenpartij or Pirate Party is a relatively new party on the political scene of Amsterdam. They have one seat in a neighborhood council, but no seats yet in the city council. The party has a platform that is strong on privacy, digital rights and bottom-up democracy. They have an unconventional style of politics.

The privacy part of their message is especially relevant in this campaign. At the same time with the local elections there is also a national referendum on a new law governing the intelligence services in The Netherlands. The Pirate Party  protest strongly against this new law. And they emphasize their own privacy stance with the slogan ‘we’ve got nothing to hide’.

And now in the last days before the elections, the party wants to make absolute clear to the voters where they stand and why they should vote for them. 400 of these posters have been put up around the city. In the local newspaper Het Parool Jelle de Graaf is quoted saying “It was funny seeing myself hanging everywhere in public, but I got quickly used to it. Someone commented that I had not much chest hair. Alas, that is something I can’t do much about.”

Will the naked truth win?

In 1970’s a pacifist socialist party put out a campaign poster with a naked women on it. As far as we know that wasn’t a candidate for that party. But they won seats at those elections. Will this strategy win this time for the Pirate Party? That will be a tight one. In the opinion polls they are on one seat, but than they have to have a good showing. Maybe the gay vote will suddenly swing to this party now and help them get elected.

Interestingly enough, the poster has been less controversial than the recent campaign by Suitsupply. In that campaign there was less nudity, but more male intimacy. Apparently men showing loving tenderness is more controversial in The Netherlands than a showing a man in full nudity.

At GayLINC we wonder what Jelle is going to do when he gets elected: take up his seat fully clothed or showing us the naked truth in the city council?

Update 24th of March 2018

The voters of Amsterdam have spoken on Wednesday the 21st of March. For the Pirate Party it was a day of mixed emotions. The party did manage to get 4459 votes, but that was not enough to get a seat in the city council. Of those votes 2591 votes went to the pin-up party leader Jelle de Graaf.

But it was not all doom and gloom at the election night for the Pirate Party. The referendum against the controversial intelligence services law was won by those opposing the law. For the Pirate Party that was one of the important messages during their campaign, so a little consolation for all the activist of this party.

(c)Piraten Partij

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