Rapper/actor Yasiin Bey- aka Mos Def — released a video this morning in conjunction with a human rights organization (Reprieve) via The Guardian that shows him undergoing what he says is the standard process for force-feeding Guantanamo detainees. It’s a bit disturbing. Check it out below.
Warning: some viewers may find these images distressing
There’s a reason they call it “force feeding,” and that’s because nobody would choose to receive nutrition that way unless they had to. But activist and rapper Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def), recently volunteered to undergo the painful procedure to call attention to the force-feeding of terrorism detainees at the U.S. military prison facility at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
In a graphic four-minute video, a somber Bey marches into frame wearing all black in an all-white room to explain that he is prepared to “demonstrate the standard operating procedure for force-feeding detainees at Guantanamo Bay.” He quickly changes into an orange jumpsuit and has his hands and feet cuffed together as he takes a seat in a dentist-style chair while his wrists are strapped down to the arms of the seat and his head is immobilized by a leather strap.
Looking concerned, he watches a team of anonymous physicians lubricate a tube and insert it into his right nostril as he recoils painfully from the intrusive procedure. His feet curling up and his head thrashing from side to side, Bey grunts, coughs, tears up and recoils while the tube is fished further and further into his nasal cavity. After an unsuccessful first try, the three-person team attempts to insert the tube again as Bey cries, “Please! Don’t! Don’t! Stop!! No! This is me, stop, I can’t do this!”
Bey breaks down in tears as the medical team tries to console him and a message pops up to explain that the full procedure is carried out twice a day at Guantanamo and typically takes two hours to complete. Among the 120 detainees at Guantanamo currently participating in a hunger strike, 44 are being force fed against their will, according to the clip’s introduction. A spokesperson for Bey could not be reached for further comment on the video at press time.
read more here: MTV.com