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Forum Post: Guy Fawkes Mask and The Occupy Movement

Posted 6 years ago on Feb. 3, 2012, 3:46 p.m. EST by itsagoodlife440 (1)
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Hello, so I'm sure that this question has probably been asked several times already, but I'm doing a bit of research on the importance of the Guy Fawkes mask (V For Vendetta) in the Occupy Movement and I'd like to know some of the opinions about how the mask as a symbol connects with the protesters and what it stands for by those who have worn it during the movement (is the mask (including the man(?) behind it) associated more along the lines of the abstract (for example, the mask= liberation, solidarity, social justice, rebellion etc.) or is it simply a matter of its popularity (identity, is it just cool to wear the mask?). Obviously the opinions that expressed are limited to those who have internet access in this case, thus it is not representative of people who do not use the internet. Regardless, I figured that this would be a good place to start in order to formulate a picture of what the mask means to the protesters and nonprotesters (those who have not physically protested, yet sympathize with the movement.) I'd appreciate any input or feedback that pertains to this question/s



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[-] 1 points by BonTon (57) 6 years ago

It's a really stupid smirky mask, lacking in originality, and I doubt the wearers even have a clue as to what the so-called Gunpowder Plot was really about.

[-] 1 points by itsagoodlife440 (1) 6 years ago

Personally, I've viewed it as an interesting symbol mostly because we live in an age where terrorism doesn't really have a face (other than the one that fear-mongering has created, which is incarnated in the "radical Muslim jihadist etc."), and with some of the protesters selecting it as their symbol (V is seen as terrorist by some critics), it's fitting, very ironic in a sense.

[-] 0 points by BlackSun (275) from Agua León, BC 6 years ago

Um..how is identifying most modern day terrorists as "radical Muslim jihadists" fear-mongering? It is truth. Or is the truth too politically incorrect?

[-] 1 points by BonTon (57) 6 years ago

the truth is too politically incorrect.

[-] 1 points by dreamingforward (394) from Tacoma, WA 6 years ago

The mask is not for popularity nor merely symbolic, I'd argue. It represents the purity of the Movement in a way. By purity, I mean something like a zeitgeist, something arising before any individuality, differentiation, or ego.

Call it the testicles of ADAM.

[-] 1 points by asauti (-113) from Port Orchard, WA 6 years ago

V For Vendetta was a great movie - one of my favorites. Because of the messages of the comic book and then the movie... The Guy Fawkes mask does indeed stand for important concepts: the seeking of truth, liberation, solidarity, justice, and rebellion against tyranny... etc.

[-] 0 points by Skippy2 (485) 6 years ago

Wear Guy Fawkes mask=be edgy and rebellious=pay corporation for mask=be dufus........means nothing in OWS context. Anons unlikely to wear it to protest. Too busy sitting at comps, eating doritos, drinking Mt. Dew and surfing Anime

[-] -1 points by Kite (79) 6 years ago

It's the face of Anonymous.

Exactly like a white hood worn by you know who.

[-] -1 points by owsleader2038 (-10) 6 years ago

The mask don't have shit to do with anything real, OWS leader's ( CIA, ... SEIU , Kalle-Lasn ) would love to un-mask the real anonymous, this forum and all of OWS has always been a honey-pot to entrap 'anonymous',

Your post is such a trap.