November 22nd, 2010
12:12 PM ET

Monday's intriguing people

Eric Cantona

During his heyday, “King” Eric was known for shredding the backs of soccer nets and toppling the occasional teammate, fan or opponent.

Now, the French icon and Manchester United player of the century wants to deal out the same treatment to his nation’s banks.

Responding to the austerity protests in his homeland, the 44-year-old downplayed the effectiveness of picketing and suggested that, instead, protesters should spark a revolution by divesting banks.

“I don't think we can be entirely happy seeing such misery around us - unless you live in a pod,” he said in a recent interview. “Nowadays what does it mean to be on the streets? To demonstrate? You swindle yourself. Anyway, that's not the way any more.”

Cantona, however, was quick to dismiss violence as a way to effect change, which might be interesting to soccer fans who saw him karate kick a Crystal Palace fan in 1995.

“We don't pick up weapons to kill people to start the revolution,” he said, according to London’s The Guardian, which reported on his interview with a French-language newspaper. “The system is built on the power of the banks, so it must be destroyed through the banks.”

The idea is not Cantona’s, by any means. French activists have been calling for a December 7 bank run since at least October. A few Facebook groups have popped up in support, including one called StopBanque.

If you can stand a little naughty language and the English captions, you can watch Cantona explain the idea and the need for social and economic revolution on YouTube. But some say his prediction that mass withdrawals could bring down banks is a bit lofty. One economic expert told the BBC it’s not likely to work.

Cmdr. Steve Clark Hall

The man who, according to the Navy Times, commanded attack submarines over the course of his 20-year career is now in the spotlight for an entirely different reason - for shining a light on gay Naval Academy alums.

Hall, the producer of "Out of Annapolis," features interviews with 11 alumni who recount their experiences, according to the Navy Times.

"The primary target audience was the queer and questioning midshipman, who doesn’t know if they’re really gay or not and can see it’s OK to be gay because, look, these other people had an OK time; they made it," Hall told
the Navy Times.

"My No. 2 audience was parents, to let the parents know, 'Hey, your kid’s going to be OK.' ”

The 71-minute documentary is set to drop during the fall film circuit - perhaps a perfectly timed debut, given the country's legal debate regarding the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Policy.

In the trailer, one of the subjects discusses the difficulty of keeping his sexuality secret as his friends and fellow Midshipmen talked about their families and children.

The film's website says more than 300 U.S. Naval Academy graduates are gay, bisexual or transgender.

"Mok Nah No Sah"

That’s a Korean acronym for “people who put up their lives to sing." And that’s a new underground rap group in South Korea that’s blasting North Korea and the regime of Kim Jong-Il.

The group's lyrics include cursing and abusive language against the North Korean leader and his youngest son, who’s been tapped to take over the reins of leadership from his reclusive father.

While the quartet are proud of their message, they're not divulging their identities for fear Kim will send agents after them, according to a report from South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.

"We haven't received any threats, but it's true that we're scared," the rap group’s leader, who goes by the pseudonym Michelangelo, told Yonhap. "If our faces are known, I think North Korea could attack us."

For now, all members of the group have taken on names from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles cartoon, but their message remains serious.

The group’s music video uses altered photos of the North Korean leaders – the father in an Elvis Presley suit, the son with a pig nose – to poke fun over lyrics that translate into English as "like father, like son, you can't fake blood," and "don't expect change. Nuclear threat, drug smuggling. It’s all the same," the Yonhap report said.

The rappers say they were inspired to take on North Korea after the sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan by a North Korean torpedo earlier this year. One of the 46 South Korean sailors killed in the attack was the son of an acquaintance of Michaelangelo, Yonhap reported.

soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Gerry

    This is exactly why we should have allowed our big banks to fail. Their day of reckoning was upon us and I had my dancing shoes on, ready to dance on their ashes. Then they were *saved* at my, and other taxpayers expense? Ludicrous! Stop supporting these scam artists!

    November 22, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mr Pappas

    I am all for doing the same thing in the United States. But then again, Americans are cowards who would rather blog about it than empty their bank accounts on December 7th.

    Long live the FRENCH!

    November 22, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Carmor

    Be careful of what you ask. Economic collapse through destroying the banking industry would bring all economic transactions to a halt. Not saying that there are "bad banks", just saying you better be careful of what you want. You might just get it and you might not like the concequences!

    November 22, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Gul Med Tahar

    Do Banking the Muslim way; no interest and no charge; God's way!!

    November 22, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. V07768198309

    Announcement: at the request of Géraldine Feuillien I split from BankRun of 2010 in order to allow her to fully enjoy the fruits of her labor. Henceforth I call my movement Le Run on The Bank and its goal is January 6.

    Remember: I am not a man, I'm Cantona. Cantona V07768198309.

    Le Run on The Bank.

    November 29, 2010 at 3:24 am | Report abuse |
  6. V07768198309

    Announcement: at the request of Géraldine Feuillien I split from BankRun of 2010 in order to allow her to fully enjoy the fruits of her labor. Henceforth I call my movement Le Run on The Bank. and its goal is January 6.

    I don't care what you think as long as you keep talking of the soft lead!

    I am not a man, I'm Cantona.

    November 29, 2010 at 11:05 am | Report abuse |