The Tragic End of a Peace Performance

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If I remember well, Tommy Cooper died on stage due to a heart attack, while performing an act.

Is there any resemblance with his death and that of Pippa Bacca, the Italian Art performer where newspapers have been written about extensively due to her death.

For those who don't know the story, she wanted to express a peace message to the world by hitchhiking to Jerusalem. She was murdered while performing: someone who had offered her a ride, killed her... (1)
Stefano Canzio, the Italian consul in Istanbul, said by telephone that "the reaction was very strong" in Turkey, and not just in the news media. Turkish citizens have sent scores of condolence messages to the Italian consulate in Istanbul and to the artist's family, he said, adding, "People were incensed that a Turkish man could carry out such a heinous crime on a young woman who was on a trip for peace."

Both Tommy Cooper and Pippa Bacca died while performing their act, but under very different circumstances. Yet, both might have been aware of the risks. Tommy cooper was a heavy smoker and drinker, Pippa undertook a journey that was loaded with risks.

Turkey's president called President ... of Italy to relay the "heartfelt grief of the Turkish population for the tragedy." (1)

"... the Italian consul in Istanbul, said ... that "the reaction was very strong" in Turkey, and not just in the news media. Turkish citizens have sent scores of condolence messages to the Italian consulate in Istanbul and to the artist's family, he said, adding, "People were incensed that a Turkish man could carry out such a heinous crime on a young woman who was on a trip for peace." (1)

I heard about this story trough an article written by Arturo Perez Reverte. When reading his article, I could help laughing about the story. Although I cannot rephrase his artistic designed paragraphs, the idea was this: ".. she decided to hitchhike in one of the most dangerous places on the earth in the name of peace... perhaps some might be surprised to hear that at the beginning of her journey she got killed... (many) Others will not be surprised at all: the dangerous places of the world are called like that, just because of being dangerous...

But she is judged her for her naïve performance act.

She may have been naïve in undertaking such a journey. On the other hand, if her performance act was authentic, than she may rest in peace. Not so much her act as well as what happened to her has impressed the world. Turkey is now (more) stigmatized as a violent country, with the ambition to enter the European Union. But couldn't this have happened in Germany too? Or in France, or in Denmark?

John Lennon was also killed. And he was not even performing at that time. Getting killed is one of the risks of life. In Spain and many other countries you may get killed by your partner (often a husband, sometimes a wife).

At the time of John Lennon, Peace was still an issue people would do something for. Today, if you get killed for a peace performance you are called stupid and naïve. That's the time we live in.

(1) - http://www.nytimes.com/2008/04/19/theater/19peac.html?ref=arts

H.J.B.

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This article was published on 2010/04/04