Glue girl: Activist protests Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor during play-in game vs. Clippers, attempts to glue herself to court
File this under “W” for weird.
During the Clippers and Timberwolves play-in Tuesday night, play was halted at the Target Center for what the broadcast thought was a fainting woman. The truth, however, was stranger than originally thought, as a woman was apparently trying to glue herself to the floor in protest.
Yes, that happened. And no, the picture does not clear anything up.
Woman down under Clips basket during free throws. pic.twitter.com/FiZU5XmypJ
— Mirjam Swanson (@MirjamSwanson) April 13, 2022
Given professional sports broadcasts now take great pains to not show antics from fans that will detract from the game itself, there isn’t much video to help the situation. The in-game reporting wasn’t particularly helpful.
What? Lmao pic.twitter.com/jUUSPbuTvy
— Italo Santana (@BulletClubIta) April 13, 2022
Questions, of course, continue to abound. What was the desired outcome? Why did she think glue would resist multiple people trying to pull her off the floor? What’s the purpose?
What was glue girl protesting at the Timberwolves-Clippers game?
Some eagle-eyed Twitter users managed to pick out her shirt, which appears to read: “Glen Taylor (the Timberwolves owner) roasts animals alive.”
In conjunction with the incident, the organization behind it — “Direct Action Everywhere” — put out a press release via Google Doc detailing alleged animal cruelty from Taylor.
DxE investigator Alicia Santurio is the protestor who disrupted the Timberwolves game, supergluing herself to the court after today’s investigation exposed team owner Glen Taylor’s factory farm brutally killing 5 million birds via “ventilation shutdown” https://t.co/4XQWB195mK pic.twitter.com/aR27AS7NJe
— Direct Action Everywhere (@DxEverywhere) April 13, 2022
Direct Action Everywhere writes they led an investigation that “exposes the reality behind a recent mass killing of 5.3 million chickens following an outbreak of “highly pathogenic avian influenza” (HPAI).”
DAE claims “the mass killing happened at Rembrandt Enterprises, an Iowa factory egg farm owned by billionaire Glen Taylor.”
The Sporting News cannot independently verify Direct Action Everywhere’s claims.
The woman, identified as Alicia Santurio, also tweeted after the incident.
I superglued down to the basketball court to bring attention to the mass killing of chickens at glen taylors factory farm using vsd https://t.co/m0trPvqZGs
— alicia santurio (@aliciasanturio) April 13, 2022
How Santurio is managing to tweet after being dragged off the floor is only begetting more questions.
(This story will update as more information becomes available.)