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Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, See No Evil Pin

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  • Title Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil, See No Evil Pin

    Date 2000

    Designer Iradj Moini, USA

    Materials Tagua Nuts, Yellow Gold-Plated Base Metal, Simulated Pearls, Antique German Glass Cabochons, Crystals

    Size 1.2" x 2.1"
    (3cm x 5.3cm)

Hear No Evil

In 1999, President Clinton met with Albright and Defense Secretary Bill Cohen prior to a summit of NATO leaders. When a photographer was shown in, the president, to dramatize the need for discretion, clamped his hand over his mouth. Cohen then covered his ears and Albright her eyes. “We literally made monkeys of ourselves, mimicking the well-known adage, ‘hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil,’” said Secretary Albright. Inspired by the photo, Albright found a set of monkey pins to wear when warning of the need to recognize and confront evil.

Clowning around with Defense Secretary Cohen and President Clinton, 1999. Photo Credit: Diana Walker/TIME.