V Vs Scientology

Published On February 12, 2008 | By Joe Gordon | Comics

Boing Boing has a video of a recent Anonymous Vs Scientology protest; I’m not going to get into the meat of what the protest is about, partly because I don’t fully understand it and partly because I’m worried Tom Cruise will pay me a visit to explain his spiritual beliefs to me. But it does tickle me that a number of the protesters in this LA demo chose to protect their anonymity with a V For Vendetta mask. I love that – wouldn’t it be great if that became common at many demonstrations? Could you imagine a protest march going past the House of Shame (as Private Eye refers to Parliament) with everyone in it wearing V masks? Wouldn’t that scare the life out of the politicians and other large organisations? One of my colleagues here tells me he saw a similar group of protesters at the weekend marching near the FPI store (the Edinburgh L Ron Hubbard centre is close by) and I believe there were a number of similar protests around the globe.

Anonymous versus Scientology V For Vendetta protest.jpg

(a frame from Sean Bonner‘s video of the protest; V masks have been a tremendous bestseller for us for a while, now I am starting to understand why!)

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Joe Gordon

Joe Gordon is ForbiddenPlanet.co.uk’s chief blogger, which he set up in 2005. Previously, he was professional bookseller for over 12 years as well as a lifelong reader and reviewer, especially of comics and science fiction works.

8 Responses to V Vs Scientology

  1. Hyphen says:

    “Wouldn’t that scare the life out of the politicians and other large organisations?” What? Why? I can’t imagine many of them have read the comic or seen the film.

  2. Joe says:

    You may be right about many of them not having seen the film or read the book, but politicians have to be media savvy and if they saw a sea of faces with the same mask it wouldn’t take them long to find out where that image had been appropriated from and from there achieve some understanding that it was an additional sign of the protest power of citizens. And one thing that frightens politicians is not just a mass of citizens telling them they are wrong (and therefore possibly out of their jobs at the next election), its an eye-catching, visually attractive protest which is likely to draw the media to cover it, because then it is harder for them to ignore what’s being said.

  3. Skeptobot says:

    Incidentally. I was in FP in London, during the gap in the protests as I went to try and pick up some V masks. There was 2 Scientologists their with cameras looking for people trying to do that who followed us out and down the street.


  4. efg says:

    [spoiler] anons use of the masks has little to do with the movie/comic.[/spoiler]

  5. The Forrener says:

    This has happened several times in Birmingham, England – where all the protestors (mostly students I guess) wore ‘V’ masks.

    It wasn’t until I saw the movie on HD DVD that I realised what the point was, so I bought my own mask, you never know when you might need one these days… :O)

    The Forrener

  6. Lincoln says:

    Scientology is great and they just don’t get it. Time mag. lost millions in a liable suit in 1993 for publishing crap as above. Hiding behind masks is perfect for criminals, eh?

  7. Joe says:

    Well thanks for that, Lincoln, a deep and well reasoned defence of Scientology 🙂 And as for ‘publishing crap’ as you so eloquently put it, how is reporting of a legitimate event being mentioned in the worldwide media ‘publishing crap. And as for ‘criminals’ – when did the freedom to peacefully protest in a democratic society become a criminal offence?

  8. Kaleb says:

    Haha, well said Joe. 😀 Any “religion” that allows its members to harass people who exercise their democratic rights clearly has some explaining to do.

    But enough of that – I do believe, aside from whatever the protest of this article was about, that the V mask as a protesting symbol would be quite striking. It might make quite a good tradition for political protests. Like a dress-code of sorts.