The middle class is all of us, really. The common folk. The ones who go to work, come back to our families, try to have a social life, and generally live our average life and be left in peace. We aren’t loaded with enough cash to get involved in tax fraud and we aren’t the dregs of society who might resort to immoral deeds just to make ends meet.
So why would anyone come at us so hard that we need saving? Only the person holding this sign has the answers. Sadly, this isn’t Hogwarts, so their picture can’t speak and give us answers.
And You Actually Went?
People who go to protests want other people to go, too. And since those other people might not be interested or might have families to take care of or jobs to go to, sometimes a few lies are mixed in with the truth.
This sign tells us that one of those lies was that famous pop star Justin Bieber was supposed to be in attendance, or maybe even performing! Sadly, The Biebs was no to be found. Yet this man had a sign prepped and ready to go! Maybe the other side read “I <3 Justin Bieber.” Still, he looks like he's having a good time.
We don’t think we have ever seen a protest quite like this one. Instead of standing in a sea of humans holding up a sign for hours on end, this protester simply painted their message onto a banner and fixed it on the top of the store it was protesting for.
This was part of a Reclaim Brixton anti-gentrification campaign to preserve the stores that are located under some of Brixton, South London’s railway arches. Some people just love their fish and chips so much that they would do something like this to save them. Now that is true commitment.
Silence Is Golden
There are a few catchphrases that you can attribute to this protest sign. The first that comes to mind is definitely “silence is golden.” The second one is most certainly “either say something nice or say nothing at all.” This is definitely the spirit that this woman used to make her protest sign.
She was marching on the Sacramento state capital with another woman in order to fight for women’s civil rights and reproductive health rights. And she’s got a point. We think it’s better to keep your mouth shut than spew words of hatred and prejudice. It’s just common sense.
Why So Serious?
This is a classic case of the old reverse psychology trope. But did it actually work? This man was walking down the streets of London in some kind of protest. And he does look very serious by all accounts.
But the fact that he is holding up a sign that says “this is not funny” in all caps makes us struggle to keep it together. It’s almost like a skit from some kind of deadpan comedy show. We hope that his protesting was worth it because he does look like he is a little uncomfortable in that suit of his.