The former mayor of Bogotá and newly-elected Colombian senator Antanas Mockus claims he was simply following a time-honored Colombian tradition when he mooned the National Congress Friday afternoon.
Mockus dropped his pants during the installation ceremony of the new Congress because members showed a “lack of respect” for the outgoing congressional president.
According to Mockus, congressmen and congresswomen were intentionally disrupting the farewell speech of Efraín Cepeda, a political colleague of Mockus.
“I thought their behavior was outrageous and deserved an in-kind response,” Mockus said. “My act of disrespect is nothing compared to the disrespect shown by Congress toward Mr. Cepeda. Given the treatment he was receiving I could think of nothing more appropriate to do than to drop my pants.”
He added: “In Colombia, it is well-respected tradition to drop our pants and show our ass when the moment calls for it. I thought the moment was right and consider myself a true patriot.”
It was not the first mooning that Mockus has administered in his public career. Twenty years ago, as president of a Bogotá university, he dropped his pants in front of hundreds of student protesters.
A female member of Congress said she approved of Mockus’ choice of underwear color — blue — and that he had a “nice ass for an old man,”