Here at OBEY, we are always in support of a grassroots effort to change the world for the better. These FREE downloadable posters are promotional materials to help support the Occupy Wall Street Movement. Click the link below, download the posters and make your voice be heard! For more information on the Occupy Movement, please visit www.occupytogether.org.
Designer dissent or legitimate protest? Does it matter? I had a conversation with a friend of mine about these downloadable posters from Shepard Fairey and this article from The Daily Squib and I don’t think we really came to a conclusion. Feel free to weigh in.
The Daily Squib is a parody site much like The Onion, but I’ve heard similar comments from people who are completely serious, i.e. this excerpt:
“The rest of the world is suffering a true recession where children are going hungry and dying in the streets, and you’ve got these bloated retards protesting in Wall Street, their country has plundered the resources of every nation in the world so these idiots can drive the 5 MPG SUV’s that their poppa bought them. It makes me sick to the stomach that these people have the front to say they are in hardship. They turn on the tap and they get water, they flick a switch and get electricity, they ask daddy for money and he hands it over,” an angry witness to the Wall Street protests told the New York Times.
My friend asked if I thought these signs would contribute to an image of the protest as a set of vaguely unsatisfied, privileged white hipsters from Brooklyn. Truth be told, I don’t know. I feel like people who hold that opinion already won’t be dissuaded by more “authentic” hand-painted signs. So there’s that…
I’m torn - I realize that many may not be in the top % of society, but in no way do that have of worst then many who leave a block away in the projects or other low income neighborhoods - but we all have bee shafted by the American Dream one way or another - I’m actually disappointed there aren’t Mrs minoritiesbat these protests, but themln again there would be no way they’d be allow to stay in Zuccotti Park for a month - NYPD would have cleared them out on day one