To best capture the zeitgeist of end-of-the-world activism, here are some of the best protest signs from the climate strike.
While climate strikers attempted to shut down Washington, D.C. on Monday, the movement to stop climate change has already gifted us with immediate results.
Granted, policy makers didn't leap to action and a hoax even circulated Facebook that hypocritical "eco warriors" had trashed Hyde Park in London while protesting (a bogus claim that was quickly debunked). But on Monday, the United Nations held their Climate Action Summit for world leaders to create "concrete, realistic plans." A U.N. official said the meeting could be a "slingshot" to mobilize world leaders to reduce emissions and limit global warming. Even Donald Trump, who was not scheduled to attend, made an unexpected appearance.
But no, the most immediate gratification from climate strike is the bevy of protest signs that mix calls to action with meme culture, text speak, and cult classic teen movies. Led by 16-year-old Greta Thunberg, the Global Climate Strike movement resulted in strikes in 150 countries, spanning across all 7 continents. The demands, as listed on the climate strike website, are simple: "We need to act right now to stop burning fossil fuels and ensure a rapid energy revolution with equity, reparations and climate justice at its heart."
In New York City, over 250,000 protesters took over downtown Manhattan, thousands more marched in major cities like Denver and Chicago, and #ShutDownDC became a trending topic on Twitter as protesters continued the movement in the nation's capital. To best capture the zeitgeist of end-of-the-world activism, here are some of the best protest signs from the climate strike.
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The classic He-Man meme video stands the test of time as an iconic example of queer-coded art.
In December of 2005, Brokeback Mountain shifted queer-coded cinema into the mainstream.
Prior to 2005, "New Queer Cinema"––a term coined by film scholar B. Ruby Rich in Sight & Sound to define the queer-themed independent film movement, which focused on rejecting heteronormativity and concentrated on LGBTQ protagonists––existed on the fringe of the film world. It's worth noting that while the movement primarily refers to the boom in independent LGBTQ films from 1992 onwards, queer cinema existed for many years prior, albeit without a proper name. But regardless of nomenclature, New Queer Cinema was typically designated for niche audiences, relegated to arthouse showings at best.
There's a big problem with the trailer for Morbius, Sony's upcoming Marvel outing that is definitely not part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe even though it has Michael Keaton reprising his role as Vulture (please let us keep our license, Disney!).
See if you can spot it.
MORBIUS - Teaser Trailer www.youtube.com
If you answered, "Sampling Beethoven's 'Für Elise' to line up with blue-tinted action shots is the absolute lowest effort, brain-dead attempt to signify 'gothic vampire movie' in the entire history of movie trailers," you're correct, but that's still not the biggest problem with Morbius. No, the biggest problem is that Morbius is played by Jared Leto.