We stand against the significant human rights abuses that take place every day in many countries. But as an arts institution, the Met is not the appropriate vehicle for waging nightly battles against the social injustices of the world. We respect the right of activists to picket our opening night and we realize that we've provided them with a platform to further raise awareness about serious human rights issues abroad."I don't know whether they thought they were being confrontational or if it was just brilliant," Rudin said, bursting into a laugh. "He managed to dedicate the opening night by saying why he wasn't dedicating the opening night!" TheStreet was instrumental in raising awareness of the petition, publishing an interview with Rudin soon after the petition appeared and when it had gained only 200 signatures. In the following week, that number shot up to close to 2,000, attracting interest from other major news outlets around the world.