Sunday, January 22, 2017

Women (And Men) All Over The Globe Marching With Ian McKellan In London

Yesterday's Women's March turned into a global event the likes of which is pretty much unprecedented, near as I can remember.

This morning I learned my old hometown, Mount Vernon, in Washington, had a big turnout, lining the main drag through downtown with protesters chanting and waving signs.

The phenomenon was repeated in towns large and small all over America.

And the rest of the world.

Including London.

Here we see British actor Ian McKellan holding the protest sign he carried yesterday in London.

On his Facebook page Mr. McKellan posted his take on what yesterday's marches, worldwide, were all about.

Many clueless sorts seem unable to understand, near as I can tell, from what I've seen in comment form in various locations,  why millions of people were in protest mode.

The clueless are always among us, as has always been the case.

Below is Ian McKellan's Facebook post about yesterday's Global Event....

The Women’s March in London was the longest I have been on. Unlike most demonstrations it was not commandeered by any one group with its identical posters.

The Women and their allies had devised their own visual protests, hand-written and improvised at home, expressing their personal reaction to the new president, whose name in schoolyard English means “to break wind” appropriately.

The placard of Sir Patrick, by the way, was not my own – I found it at the end of the March in Trafalgar Square. 

President Breaking Wind has impacted us all; and personally. Some like him, think they can identify with him, believe him because they’ve seen him on television perhaps and think the billionaire and his billionaire team are truly their friends. The rest of us, including the majority of voters in USA, see through the charade: after all, the schtick is not exactly subtle. But he’s riled us, got under our skin, making us angry and despairing that he should have got through to the final of his show and turned democracy into a TV/Twitter spectacular.

What will happen? No doubt his believers will be soon disillusioned. The rest of us cannot let him reign unchallenged. The Marches worldwide were a good beginning. Some who fear him say “give the man a chance”. OK – he’s started by removing LGBTQ people, climate change and state funding of the arts from POTUS’s website. He’s had his chance.

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