Friday, October 12, 2007

We're All Just a Circus Freak Show to Them

The idea that someone can actually win another person's body part in an auction is pretty outrageous to me. Goodness knows what this man went through that required him to get his leg cut off and now he's got to deal with the idea of complete strangers paying money to gawk at it without his permission. This shouldn't even be a controversy. It's the man's leg! I don't care how many payments he missed, you shouldn't be able to sell his limb without his permission.

Bizarre Custody Battle For Leg

A US man is locked in a custody battle for his own severed leg.

Shannon Whisnant acquired John Wood's amputated limb when he bought the barbeque smoker it was kept in at auction.

The cooking appliance was auctioned off after Wood missed payments on the storage facility where it was stored.

Whisnant gave the leg to South Carolina police, who then handed it to a funeral parlour who planned to hold on to it for Wood.

Whisnant - who was planning to charge adults $3 and children $1 for a look of the limb - is now trying to persuade Wood to share custody and profits.

Wood said: "He's making a freak show out of it. I just think it's despicable."

Whisnant says he is the rightful owner and has threatened to begin legal action if the leg is not returned to him.

10 comments:

Lisa Harney said...

What really makes me angry about stuff like this is that the ethical solution is transparently obvious - just give the man his leg back. When the right thing is so obvious and done so easily, people still resist doing it, just from the perception that there's personal gain in it for them.

belledame222 said...

WTF?!

Elayne said...

What I find the most bizarre is that the guy kept his amputated limb inside a smoker, and put that smoker in a storage facility no less. I mean, who does that?

Also, I've seen footage of the guy who bought the smoker. I know there are a lot of intelligent, witty, erudite Southern people, but I gotta tell you this guy embodies the worst possible stereotypes of "white trash" that I've ever seen. All the people involved in this are looney tunes, if you ask me.

R. Mildred said...

There is too much wtf to think about that clearly.

why would people pay money to see his leg? Can it do tricks?

And oh god, my brain, I meant like jump throw hoops kind of tricks, not the other prostitute sort of tricks, but mental images, they burn!

Especially as... well... would that count as prostitution? If people were paying you to have sex with someone else's amputated limb? And if not, how much of an amputated person can you get away with before it becomes prostitution? And does it matter which amputated bits are used?

misscripchick said...

share custody of a leg? where do they come up with this stuff?

zara said...

WTF indeed. But what surprises me the most is that he would have even been permitted to keep his amputated leg. What hospital would allow that to begin with ? I mean, there are health issues to think of here. The whole thing just does not make sense.

Kara said...

wow! Exploitation at its craziest...thanks for adding this flavor to the carnival! Hope you'll stop by tomorrow (Thurs) for the big event!

misscripchick said...

great to see you in the carnival :)

Blog [with]tv said...

Hi ~ found you through the Disability Blog Carnival. This story is disturbing on SO MANY levels. I expect to see it made into a movie in a year or so. I'm just say'n...

Rob at Kintropy said...

Wow, this seems like it's right out of a Flannery O'Connor story! I even searched the story, thinking it might be a weird Halloween urban myth, but MSNBC even has video. Disturbing, particularly when you watch the guy holding the leg hostage talk about it.