A Note to Protesters


Please, please, please stop wearing stupid-looking Guy Fawkes masks. They make you look like idiots. Also, it’s worth noting that Guy Fawkes was a Catholic terrorist and would-be assassin who wanted to restore the Catholic monarchy. He’s hardly anyone that any democratic movement should be associated with. Frankly I blame all of this on V for Vendetta. It was a decent movie, but V wearing the mask only barely made any sense. Modern protesters who are in favor of democratic reforms wearing it? No. It just makes you people look like morons.

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5 Responses to “A Note to Protesters”

  1. arthurthepanther Says:


    And I suppose every other historical thing that has become another thing entirely over the course of time and societal change ticks you off?

    I mean, realistically, a huge portion of every culture on the planet is recycled information altered to fit with the current societal landscape/communicate a new or vital idea through shorthand symbolism.

    For instance, thing. A thing was the governing assembly in Germanic societies and introduced into some Celtic societies, made up of the free people of the community and presided by lawspeakers, meeting in a place called a thingstead.

    Now it’s just, you know, a thing. An object that one need not, cannot, or does not wish to give a specific name to: “that metal thing”; “things I’d like to buy”.

    Stuff changes in meaning over time. It happens.

  2. A. Michael Schwarz Says:

    Those masks annoy more than beg for change. And with the association with certain underground groups marks all who wear them as cheaply bought rabble rousers. And you can go a step further and speculate that if you have to wear a mask, you must be afraid of people knowing who you are in which case, are you really protesting or just pretending?

    I love Guy Fawkes by the way. Remember remember the 5th of November and all, and the way V used it in the movie and his great speech against tyranny was touching. But then again, V could do that because he was “all that.” Perhaps we should play that on all the TV channels.

    But I agree having young people dress up in those leering grins does not make me think of freedom. Why not wear a Abraham Lincoln mask or something?


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