Wednesday, 19 October 2011

I DON'T WANT TO BE A MOVIE STAR, I DON'T WANT TO DRIVE NO FANCY CAR



Following the general Toronto mode of copying New York fashion and bullshit hipster trends, this week the lifestyle criddling even expanded to protesting, with the initiation of Occupy Toronto.

Generally I would be all for this, however, walking past Occupy Toronto everyday on my way home from work, seeing the Tent City erected and the crowd that has gathered, it's really just protesting for protesting's sake. It's the most cliched people ever; girls with blonde dreads that look like Aliens/Predators, skids, pachouli kids, that one guy with the staff doing some weird interpretative karate dance thing. It's basically just a little Raver Village. Listening to their "mic checks" filled me with an overwhelming source of second hand embarrassment for all 80 or so involved. The whole vibe comes off like a Matrix trilogy themed LARP game.

There is no initiatives being presented. They're 3 blocks east of the banks, they're disrupting very little if anything, and worst of all not bringing any issues to the general public to rally around or support. The members of Raver Village are only concerned with maintaining Raver Village, having a medic, toiletries, snacks provided, etc. The whole thing is redundant. It's almost like they're just first year poli sci students that saw an opportunity to go camping.

It's nice to show to support for the massively needed protests in New York, but such a half-assed, useless "protest" in Toronto almost takes away from the movement of serious, open discussion of the issues effecting the 99%, especially when the criticism of this whole Occupy movement is focused on those protesting being 'disheartened teenagers'. Which is ironically 99% of the current Occupy Toronto.