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.
Here is a question – what’s worse? Standing outside for hours on end in the freezing cold, or standing outside for hours on end in the sweltering heat? Either way, you are definitely putting your life and comfort at risk. But context is everything, and it all depends on what you are protesting for.
These two young women had the perfect reason to be protesting in the hot summer sun. They were raising awareness about climate change and the effects it is having on the planet. And still, they managed to bring some levity to the serious situation with a cheeky little joke.
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.
That's Where Malcom Is
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.
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.