From Che to V
|September 17, 2011||Posted by Sophy Bot under Politics|
Propelled into popularity by the film “V for Vendetta,” a new article by The Guardian points out that the Guy Fawkes mask has lately become an international symbol of rebellion. As recognizable now as images of Che Guevara and the hippie “peace” symbol before it, the new vanguard of political rebellion has adopted the mask as its own emblem du jour. Euclides Montes explains:
“…with the recent rise of harsher and more intrusive social media laws, where to be recognised by the authorities can lead to a prison sentence, it is telling that dissenting voices are turning to a symbol of anonymity as their symbol of protest.”
It’s also telling that the new voice of dissent chooses to band together as an anonymous whole rather than protesting as a group of unique individuals. Either way, you can’t deny the aesthetic value of a mob of people sporting a single poignant mask.
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