Mark Roberts (streaker)

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Mark Roberts
Streaker Hong Kong 1994.jpg
Mark Roberts streaking at the 1994 Hong Kong Sevens rugby tournament
Born
Liverpool, England
Years active1993–present
Known forStreaking

Mark Roberts is an English streaker who has run naked during numerous international events. Roberts' streaking began when he saw a news report about a female streaker at a 1993 rugby sevens game in Hong Kong. After a bet in a bar, he exposed himself to the crowd the next day.[1]

Roberts has done this, as of 2018, 565 times in 23 countries, targeting such events as those held at Hamilton Park Racecourse, a Mr. Universe contest, a Miss World contest, multiple Olympic Games, tennis matches, the Running of the Bulls, the synchronized swimming world championship, and his specialty, association football matches.[2] According to Roberts, he was mandated to surrender his passport whenever an English football team played abroad following a 2001 conviction for streaking (including FA Cup Final 2001). It is unclear how long this mandate was in place.[3]

One famous streak was on a live 1995 broadcast of This Morning, where he swam onto Fred Talbot's floating weather map and proceeded to emulate Talbot's trademark leap from Scotland to Ireland.[4]

A 2002 advertisement created by the Spanish ad agency Dimension for Spanish football club Athletic Bilbao featured Mark Roberts streaking fully clothed during a nude football game.[5] It won a bronze award at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.[6]

In January 2003, Roberts flew to San Diego, California, where he planned to streak at the Super Bowl XXXVII. He was unable to get tickets to the game, but succeeded the next year for Super Bowl XXXVIII in Houston, Texas. Just before the start of the second half, he ran onto the field disguised as a referee, stripped, and performed a dance wearing only a thong. He was taken into custody after being tackled by members of the Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots. He was given a $1,000 fine for trespassing.[7]

On May 21, 2003, in the 2003 UEFA Cup Final at the Estadio Olímpico de Sevilla, Spain, before the start of the match between Celtic Scotland and Porto Portugal, he ran into the center of the field disguised as a referee, presented the referee with a red card, then completely undressed, revealing the words "GoldenPalaceCasino.com Click here" on his back (as part of an advertising deal)[8] while in this state for a few seconds, he picked up the ball and made a slalom pass to the gate protected by the Vítor Baía, struck at them (the goalkeeper deflected the blow), after which he was detained by security.[9][10][11] A year earlier, he managed to score a goal against Hans-Jörg Butt in the 2002 UEFA Champions League Final, and also did a somersault through the net in the final of the men's singles tennis tournament Wimbledon. In 2000, he "participated" in one of Anna Kournikova's matches also at Wimbledon (women's singles 2000).[12][13]

Roberts planned to retire after streaking at the 2006 World Cup final at Berlin's Olympiastadion, but was stopped before entering the stadium. In 2007, Roberts ran out on the field of Wembley Stadium during the National Football League's first regular season game outside of North America between the Miami Dolphins and New York Giants. The next year, Roberts struck again during the final of the 2008 World Snooker Championship at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield, England, just as he did at the Championship four years earlier.[citation needed]

In March 2010 Roberts was seen sporting a cat-shaped mask over his genitals at Crufts.[14]

In 2011, artist Benedikt Dichgans hired Roberts to streak at the Turner Prize awarding ceremony at Tate Britain, but he was tackled by police while only partially on stage, and was arrested.[15][16]

He was featured in the 2011 Banksy-produced documentary, The Antics Roadshow. In 2013, he was subject of the Channel 4 documentary Streak! The Man Who Can't Keep His Clothes On. In the programme, he announced his forthcoming retirement, but not before one last streak.[17]

In 2018, Roberts made his first appearance since 2013 at the Gangneung Oval during the speed skating events of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. As the men's 1,000-meter speed skating medal ceremony concluded, Roberts took to the ice wearing nothing but a pink tutu and skimpy underwear with the words "peace and love" emblazoned across his bare chest.[18]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Phoebe Judge (6 July 2018). "The Chase – Interview with Mark Roberts". thisiscriminal (Podcast). PRX.
  2. ^ Mark Roberts, Professional Streaker, accessed 23 November 2007
  3. ^ "FA Cup Final 2001". Mark Roberts. May 2001. Retrieved 8 October 2007.
  4. ^ "TV streaker Mark Roberts makes nude protest over Sir Fred Goodwin..." Daily Record. 7 April 2009. Retrieved 3 September 2009.
  5. ^ "Athletico Bilbao Advertisement 2002". The Streaker. Retrieved 9 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Events, Festivals, Awards › Cannes Lions". Coloribus Advertising Archive. Retrieved 9 August 2015.
  7. ^ Streaker Avoids Jail Archived 13 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine, Sky News, 22 July 2004
  8. ^ His children begged ‘streaker’ Mark to stop going out of clothes , afrinik.com, 28 December 2018
  9. ^ Mark Roberts streaks UEFA Cup Final , goldenpalaceevents.com
  10. ^ British streaker Mark Roberts runs through the pitch during the UEFA Cup final match in Seville May 21, 2003 , alamy.com
  11. ^ British streaker Mark Roberts runs through the pitch during the UEFA Cup final match in Seville May 21, 2003 , alamy.com
  12. ^ 'I'll never stop': Prolific streaker has stripped-off at 568 events , sky.com, 26 December 2018
  13. ^ Рожденные раздеваться... , sovsport.ru, 22 July 2003
  14. ^ "In pictures: Crufts Dog Show". BBC News. 15 March 2010.
  15. ^ "Streaker at posh North art bash revealls all". Sunday Sun. 11 December 2011. Archived from the original on 12 January 2012.
  16. ^ "Video of Museum Streak". Retrieved 7 July 2018.
  17. ^ Dugan, Emily (10 February 2013). "Mark Roberts: A compulsive streak". The Independent. London.
  18. ^ Lee Moran (24 February 2018). "Streaker Crashes Olympic Speedskating With A Message For The World". HuffPost Canada.

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