Guy Fawkes Mask is a Global Symbol of Our Age of Activism




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Cassius Methyl

October 20th, 2015

(Era of Wisdom) The Guy Fawkes mask, or “Anonymous Mask”, is now a widely recognized symbol of global activism, unity, and action as a people, in standing up for what they believe is right.

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How was this symbol solidified as an icon around the world? How did this simple design from V For Vendetta become what it is today?

This article will briefly recognize an aspect of this icons’ history; global protests.

Protests occurred globally from around the time of 2008-2015; from 2008 to 2015, the prevalence of Guy Fawkes masks increased massively at these protests everywhere, as the rise of social media kicked into next gear.

The most widely recognized symbol of our new age of global internet and communication, as activists, is probably the Guy Fawkes mask.

I know, I know; its origin is a mainstream movie. Does that really matter? I believe at this point, its meaning is so firmly associated with our 2010’s era of activism and evolution, that the meaning will not be easily shook or “de-associated”, and we can now claim it as our symbol because it’s widely recognized around the entire world in a positive connotation.  (Evolution as opposed to the word revolution, which is a circle, “revolve”.)

The mask appeared in Egypt, throughout South America (notably Brazil, also in 2013,) and in countless other places in the world. Thanks to the internet, the symbol is so widespread, who knows where it hasn’t touched down as a symbol of activism. Hopefully, it will be blessed with a widespread association to human rights.

I think its positive to outwardly define this concept, and recognize this symbol as a prized, easily-recognizable symbol of global human rights. For perhaps Voluntaryism, power to the people, and such related concepts we can all agree on as the human race.

The symbol will be about what we make it about. Let’s claim our symbol, because of its rich history and global recognition.

The Egyptian Protests and coup d’état of 2013 are thought to be the largest protests in the history of the world. An estimated 14-22 million people protested.

In the largest protests in the history of the world, Egyptian protesters proudly wore the iconic Guy Fawkes mask.

A Buzzfeed article from 2013 bears the headline-

“Guy Fawkes Masks Keep Popping Up In The Egyptian Protests.”

The article reads“‘Beneath this mask there is an idea.’ Guy Fawkes masks, popularized by the V for Vendetta graphic novel and movie, have been spotted throughout the protests in Egypt.”

Suhaib Salem / Reuters

Spencer Platt / Getty Images

Hassan Ammar / AP
AFP / KHALED DESOUKI / Getty Images

Nariman El-Mofty / AP

Asmaa Waguih / Reuters

 

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  1. “…its origin is a mainstream movie.”

    I’m gonna be the first nerd to point out that its origin is the from the comic and was designed by artist David Lloyd. And Guys Fawkes masks obviously existed prior to that, but not this exact design.

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  2. And someone is selling these masks like crazy and making profit on it 🙂

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