The latest Fathers 4 Justice stunts – Batman perched on a Buckingham Palace balcony and Spiderman climbing Britain’s huge Ferris wheel called the London Eye – are continuing to harm the fathers’ rights movement.
While the Spiderman incident was a barely noticed blip last week, the Batman incident is causing far more consternation. Part of the problem is that by breaking on to the grounds of Buckingham Palace, Jason Hatch sparked fears of a terrorist attack on the royal family. Fathers 4 Justice caused a similar stir when two of its members attacked Prime Minister Tony Blair with a purple flour condom.
But the bigger problem surrounds Hatch himself, whose girlfriend left him for ignoring their 7-month-old daughter, Amelia, in his effort to win access to his three other children borne by two other women, reports the UK Daily Telegraph.
This is what Gemma Polson told the Telegraph about her caped crusader ex-boyfriend:
It was all going too far. Fathers 4 Justice has taken over his life. He had told me he was going to give it all up, but then he goes and does this at Buckingham Palace.
He didn’t even tell me he was going to do it when I last spoke to him on Saturday. He was seeing hardly anything of our daughter, which was a bit rich when the whole point of his campaign was to allow dads to see more of their children. I would rather he saw more of Amelia than he does.
So a story about dads’ rights is morphing into a story about a man who is more interested in public displays of obsession who doesn’t care of his youngest child. It may be a mischaracterization, but it is one that is going to stick.