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Bloomin Scruffy Crusty Protestors

If y'all dressed better, people might take y'all more seriously!
Well its quite time someone brought this up isn't it? I mean who the devil do they think they are. Turning up at all of the Anti-Globalisation protests looking like they have just been dragged through a hedge backwards. I mean what kind of ruffian image do they want to give off. With their dayglo clothes, dogs on strings and scruffy hair cuts, I'm sure their parents are outraged.

I for one have had my fill with them, its about time somebody told those smelly kids that we just won't take it any more. Scrub up an take yourself seriously, you look worse that a one eyed lepper at an Egyptian bazaar. Speaking of which, I remember one time on my travels, I was in Cairo, had spent a little to long on the old hubbly bubbly and realised that I was quite intoxicated. Anyway I stood up and staggered up to an old leather faced store lady, my tie was all askew and I am sure I had started to perspire a little. Talk about hazy head, anyway the old dear began to stare into my eyes, and I felt the floor begin to sway. Couldn't remeber much else to be honest, but woke up in my hotel, room stark naked and looked next to me in the bed when who should be.....Sorry drifting off the subject there a little. Yes Scruffy bloody hippies and students, quite a bloody site if you ask me. There was a time when a man was a gent and a woman was a lady, what. I tell you what Charles my tailor would have a bally word or two to say about some of the blooming excuses for clothes those tykes seem to mistake for fashion.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not anti fashion, but there are limits to common decency. Dreads and beads, are not for me thanks, a nice paisley cravatt is quite flouncy decor enough.

So listen up and listen clear you ruffian types. All of us fine fellows are going to have to pull you up to scratch. Believe me you will feel all the better for it, a good scrub and a clean, a nice set of clothes, some new cufflinks and some polished shoes. What more could a young chap want from life. We are going to drag this blossoming protest movement out of the primeaval caves and into the world of dapper dress. We are many and we are growing.

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Fashion Faux Pas? 26.Nov.2002 06:14


While your point is well taken in that people who give the appearance of being mainstream don't raise the hackles of actual mainstream or conservative folks, and therefore appear more credible (just as having a PHD after one's name lends credibility), the problem with maintaining the appearance you describe is that one must work a "normal" job in order to be able to afford the duds you espouse. That means one cannot devote the time to the causes being persued. Now if you clean and fashion conscious folks would get off your asses and write letters, e-mails, faxes and make phone calls in support of environmental responsibility, and send a whole bunch of your discretionary income to the organizations whose members are doing the dirty work for you, the REAL people who are putting their time, energy, safety and comfort on the line might be able to meet your fashion standards. Why don't you go out to the forest sites personally and deliver the workers some fancy clothes? Then you would sleep better knowing you have done so much vitally important work for the environment. Or you could just march on down to Saks Fifth Avenue and buy yourself some new clothes! I'm SURE that would help the environment.

I commend the original poster 26.Nov.2002 09:32


When I see photos of the May '68 uprising in Paris, I am struck by how snappy the students dress. Now that's my kind of revolution.

Fashion Police 26.Nov.2002 17:07


I like the original idea and have always thought it would be really fun and funny to show up for an action dressed like the man. (It would kind of be like halloween). As for these clothes being too expensive, it is pretty easy to outfit yourself thrifting for cheap.

Imagine a clean cut crew: Dresses and pumps, make up and brief cases and ties. Marching looking like the Young Republicans would be a trip and would mess with peoples perceptions. I wonder if the fuzz would treat you differently, if your standard Americans wouldn't dismiss you as not worth listening too. How often do you dismiss someone who dresses like the Man, imagine the vice versa.
I think this could be a creative fun experiment. Or we could dress like country/western Americans, or I liked the '68 French student idea. Or all the hippies could dress like anarchists and all the anachists could dress like hippies- that would really mess with em.

If we are more conscious than average Americans and we acknowledge that average Americans judge people/messages by their appearance, Why not manipulate our appearance to fit their preconceived notion of reputablity. Perhaps making our message more accesable. Or is your expression of fashion more important that your ideas? I am not advocating dressing like the Man all the time, but occasional and intentional manipulations of my/our appearance can give us a different look and take us places that we have, perhaps, never been. And once we are inside y'all can dance naked and shit.

check it out! 26.Nov.2002 17:15

ms. understand

Take a looky loo at the space hijackers site-they are funny and radical. If I'm not mistaken this quote is from their tea party action on Mayday in London during which they dressed up and served tea and cucumber sandwiches outside of Starbucks whilst reminding folks of the coldness and unneighborliness of corporate chain-stores.

it makes difference.. visually for sure 26.Nov.2002 17:48


when I look at photos of the civil rights protests of the 60s, i notice a couple of things:
1. the poor quality od the photos, grainy black and white photos.

2.Foggy areas that appear to be smoke or tear gas.

3. Black splotches on crisp white shirts on folks who appear to be crying.

I have seared on my memory a photo of a man/boy in dress pants with a slim tie and white button up shirt being attacked by a dog with fighting going on in the background.. ..
I have seen much footage since then, but I will focus on
Seattle. I have seen the films from that protest many times. (FreeSpeechTV played them often, and I tend to stay up late) A compelling bit of footage is of a man being
beaten down and surounded by Robo-cops who kick his ass
ala Rodney King. His clothes are dark and droopy, he looks unwashed, maybe homeless. they cut to Unionists, protesters, workers Rights folks from other contries....
then back to the guy getting beat.. is he a protester?
a student?.. he is NOT with the union (no blue poncho)..
he looks white-ish.. it could be argued he's just a trouble making anarchist from Salem. How much better that footage would have been, more compelling if ...
His clothes were light...
his hair was shorter...

I know for a fact in the 60's blacks borrowed clothes, wore their "Sunday best".. did their best not to look raggety ....

As to not being able to afford a white, button up shirt ...
Please who are you kidding? Go to goodwill and get one used.. costs less than a latte. "borrow" from your dad, grandpa or rommmate... put your hair up, after you have washed it, run a comb thru it..

Most people in this country have the ability to get together a look that is "clean, neat, and camera friendly from 20 feet"... without a huge "class" discussion.

I thought part of "going to the street" is to get support from passers-by.
To grow support from the mainstream/middle looking freaky
doesn't work...
So go on ...keep preaching to the choir ..