Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) force-fed under standard Guantánamo Bay procedure.
As Ramadan begins, more than 100 hunger-strikers in Guantánamo Bay continue their protest. More than 40 of them are being force-fed. A leaked document sets out the military instructions, or standard operating procedure, for force-feeding detainees. In this four-minute film made by Human Rights organisation Reprieve and Bafta award-winning director Asif Kapadia, US actor and rapper Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def), experiences the procedure.
LTMC: Since this event is “staged,” there’s undoubtedly some people that will be skeptical about the legitimacy of his reaction. Then again, we really don’t need to see Bey’s reaction for this video to have its intended effect. Just imagine having someone grease up a tube, shove it so deep into your nose that it hits the back of your throat, and then pumping fluid into you without your consent. I imagine it would be about as uncomfortable as Bey’s reaction suggests.
I’m also left wondering what the psychological effect on GITMO staff is from administering this procedure. This strikes me as a “staring into the abyss” sort of situation. We should not only mourn for the wounds that this inflicts on the psyche of the prisoners, but also the wounds it inflicts on the psyche of their handlers. This isn’t a normal way to treat people.
Some of them look like they belong
Yes Jay z in that dress especially