It comes from a guy back in 1605, Guy Fawkes, an Englishman who tried to bomb the British Parliament on Nov. 5, 1605…
One protester Alexandra Ricciardelli said they are very meaningful mask, “It’s not about bombing anything; it’s about being anonymous — and peaceful.”
To another guy from Keyport, N.J., the Fawkes mask “is about being against The Man — the power that keeps you down.”
A nearly 30-year-old graphic novel and a five-year-old movie led to the mask popularity, the movie was based on a violent anarchist anti-hero guy who fashioned himself as a modern-day Guy Fawkes who rebels against a fascist government.
Warner Brothers holds the licensing rights to the Guy Fawkes mask, several protesters said they were using foreign-made copies to circumvent the corporation.
After the book and the movie People began thinking of Fawkes as a libertarian or even anarchist hero.
The Mask carries a stronger connotationsthan some of the Occupy protesters seem to understand.
While Fawkes’ image has been romanticized over the past 400 years, he was a criminal who tried to blow up a government building. Sounds a lot like Bill Ayers……It would be hard to imagine Americans one day wearing Timothy McVeigh masks to protest the government or corporate greed.
Before the movie he was originally seen as a terrorist trying to destroy England. Now he’s seen more as a freedom fighter, a fighter for individual liberty against an oppressive regime. The political meaning of that figure has transformed.”
Nearly two years after the film “V for Vendetta” was released, the hacker group Anonymous wore the Guy Fawkes masks depicted in the movie during protests against the Church of Scientology. Then came Wikileaks and the Occupy movement.
Fawkes was executed for the bombing attempt. In the years immediately following his execution, Nov. 5 was England’s official celebration for defeating Fawkes…
At Zuccotti Park in New York, the Guy Fawkes masks have been worn over the past month by Occupy protesters ranging from self-proclaimed anarchists to drummers to those impersonating “zombie” bankers.
How sad it is to try to unify the world under one symbol that represents terrorism and murder…