Today is Guy Fawkes Day. You know,
Remember remember the fifth of November
Of gunpowder, treason, and plot.
I can see no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot.
I read in this article that the Occupy Wall Street people were wearing Guy Fawkes masks.
I had to do a double take. ‘Cuz I kinda got this image in my head of the final scene in V for Vendetta, when everyone is running around in Guy Fawkes masks, and Parliament is blowing up, and the audience is supposed to be getting all revved up and emotional.
Did the mask-wearing Occupiers learn about Guy Fawkes from Hollywood? I understand where they’re coming from, but do you really want to make Guy Fawkes a symbol of your movement?
Because Guy Fawkes was not a bulwark of democracy or equality, or pretty much anything you’d want to represent. He was basically a terrorist–an unsuccessful terrorist, at that.
But people have this idea of him being some sort of democratic freedom-fighter, striving for the common man (or something). And I’m pretty sure this idea comes from the movie V for Vendetta.
(Quick aside for those of who haven’t seen this movie: In a dystopian futuristic England, a young woman gets embroiled with the Guy Fawkes-wearing revolutionist V, who comes up with an elaborate plot to blow up Parliament in protest of stolen civil rights that involves half of London wandering around in Guy Fawkes masks.)
In the graphic novel the movie’s based on, V is an anarchist, so his worship of Guy Fawkes actually makes sense. But. . .since the movie makers decided to make him a stanchion of democracy, the whole Guy Fawkes metaphor falls apart, ensuring that the movie version of the story makes no sense whatsoever.
Either way, I’m not sure Guy Fawkes is someone I’d want to identify with.
But those are just my thoughts. Do you think Guy Fawkes was someone to be emulated or admired?