These days, it’s not a protest until someone dons a Guy Fawkes mask.
But what does “V for Vendetta” writer Alan Moore think of the widespread use of Fawkes’s hauntingly jovial visage?
Moore, the author of the comic book series “V for Vendetta,” was called on by the BBC to provide his take on the use of the Guy Fawkes mask by online hacktivist organizations and protesters the world over.
“V for Vendetta” was first published in 1982, and, according to Moore, the Guy Fawkes mask was on its way out as an icon of the revolutionary. After all, the mask’s origins go back to Guido Fawkes, who became the face of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605 — a failed plan to plant a bomb beneath the House of Lords and, ultimately, restore a Catholic to the British throne.
The Guy Fawkes mask had all but disappeared by the time the Warner Brothers’ film was released. But, according to Moore, the combination of romance, theatrics and anarchy the mask represents has a unique appeal for the modern-day protester:
Today's response to similar oppressions seems to be one that is intelligent, constantly evolving and considerably more humane, and yet our character's borrowed Catholic revolutionary visage and his incongruously Puritan apparel are perhaps a reminder that unjust institutions may always be haunted by volatile 17th century spectres, even if today's uprisings are fuelled more by social networks than by gunpowder.
Some ghosts never go away.
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