Local cable access show airs man desecrating foreign flag
MARLBOROUGH, Mass. -- A local pro wrestler's act might have gone a bit too far.
Chris "The Skunk" Antal has become infamous in Brazil after a national TV program aired a video of the Marlborough resident desecrating a Brazilian flag.
In his latest episode of his public access cable show, "Pro Wrestling Monthly," Antal appears to urinate on a Brazilian flag. The video was aired regularly in Marlborough since early January, and became one of Sunday's lead stories on "Fantastico," the Brazilian version of "Inside Edition," with a global audience of about 35 million, said show producers.
Many native and global Brazilians have become outraged, and are wondering how something like that could ever be aired on television, according to reports.
Antal said the gesture was part of his character's "shtick" and was blown out of proportion.
Antal is no stranger when it comes to controversial acts, in a 2003 radio interview while running for mayor; he publicly referred to immigrants as an "epidemic."
The local public access channel that runs Antal's program said that they have no power to censor the show unless it depicts obscenity, gambling or violations of state law. State law, however, sets a maximum fine of $50 for anyone who "publicly mutilates, tramples upon, defaces or treats contemptuously" the flag of any country at peace with the United States.
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