Public Comment

Press Release: Cornell, TP and Yoo

From Matt Cornell
Tuesday April 20, 2010 - 01:15:00 PM

According to a press release from Los Angeles artist Matt Cornell, students at UC Berkeley were surprised to discover a new brand of toilet paper in the stalls of the law school building this morning. 

Cornell made a private donation of "Yoo Toilet Paper" protesting the tenure of controversial Bush lawyer, and author of the "torture memos," Professor John Yoo. 

Each roll of toilet paper contains text from the United Nations Convention Against Torture, just one of the many laws that critics say Yoo violated when authorizing the use of torture against detainees. 

Cornell says that the irreverent prank is intended to remind Berkeley's law students that Professor Yoo helped turned human rights laws into toilet paper. At the bottom of each roll is a reminder that "this toilet paper was made by possible by John Yoo, Professor of Law." 

Cornell also notes that his brand of toilet paper is softer and of higher quality than that provided by cash-strapped UC Berkeley and contains "valuable reading material" for law students. 


Information, photos and a video of the action can be found at  


Matt Cornell can be reached at 213-268-8401 or at