Transgender Canadian Artists Arrested For Baring Breasts On Airplane
Nina Arsenault and Lexi Sanfino wanted to shock a flight attendant when Sanfino performed an impromptu striptease on a WestJet flight to Edmonton Thursday night.
But the two prominent Toronto-based transgender artists said the performance was spoiled when they were arrested by Alberta RCMP officers, whom they allege deleted photos from their camera and threatened to throw them in jail with men.
Arsenault said the incident was provoked by questions from the flight attendant, which they deemed inappropriate.
“She came over and said, ‘You guys have to teach us how to do our makeup,’ ” said the 39-year-old performer. “And then they were like, ‘You know, because you used to be guys, right?’ ”
In response, Sanfino decided to strut topless down the aisle.
“She walked down the aisle with quite a bit of grace and flamboyance and had her arms out,” said Arsenault. “And then the flight attendants came and covered her up, saying ‘Think about the children!’ ”
LMAO @ “quite a bit of grace and flamboyance”
When the plane landed, RCMP officers were waiting to arrest Sanfino.
Arsenault said she filmed the arrest, which the officers objected to. When she refused to stop filming, she alleges they handcuffed her as well.
Arsenault was eventually released without charge, while Sanfino was charged with causing a disturbance.
Alberta RCMP Sgt. Josée Valiquette confirmed the arrest but would not comment on the allegations.
“We will not be able to speak to the details of the investigation as the matter will be before the courts,” she said. “If these people feel they were not dealt with appropriately, they can make a complaint at the appropriate location.”
Damn, “these people” though??? LOL smh…
Arsenault and Sanfino said they were taken to an RCMP holding cell, where Arsenault claims an officer took her camera and deleted photos and a video of the arrest.
They claim the officers began referring to them as males after seeing their passports.
“They were addressing us by male pronouns,” said Arsenault. “I was like, “OK dude, I understand that legally it says ‘M’ on our passports, but we present as women. . . . Everyone knows I’ve had a lot of surgical procedures to feminize myself.”
“They said, ‘Just so you know, we might have to put you two in the male prison.’ ”
Regarding the alleged comment, Sanfino said, “All I kept thinking is they are threatening me with one hell of a good time.”
Arsenault alleges an officer questioned her about her operations.
“He said, ‘So have you had the final sex change surgery? Do you have the original parts down there? Did you get something new?’ I said, ‘I don’t think that has anything to do with my arrest.’
“Let’s face it: if you’re legally male, it’s not even illegal to remove your top,” said Arsenault. “I think that was the politics she was exposing. If you’re going to treat me like a male, then I’ll put this in your face. Which begs the question: now am I?”
fellas ladies are quite…spirited.
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