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Well that spoils the surprise


 

PETA announces its intention to barge in on the Prime Minister’s speech this evening.

MEDIA ALERT – MEDIA ALERT – MEDIA ALERT

CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER’S NEW YORK VISIT TO BE MARRED BY PETA PROTEST

‘Bloody Seal’ to Barge Into Hotel as Stephen Harper Addresses Business Leaders

What: As Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper meets with Canadian and American business leaders at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York today, a PETA member dressed as a bloody seal will barge into the hotel to urge him to heed the call of world leaders—including President Obama and Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin—to end Canada’s gruesome and cruel seal slaughter. PETA members will hold signs that read, “Harper: Stop the Seal Slaughter.” PETA’s campaign against the massacre will continue through the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

The protest comes just one day after PETA members targeting Harper in Washington, D.C., dressed as bloody seals and stopped traffic on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the Canadian Embassy. Just hours after the Washington protest, three PETA members dressed as nuns disrupted Canadian Parliament in Ottawa with their “save the seals” message…


 

Well that spoils the surprise

  1. How did Maclean's find out about this? Was it a media alert?

    • You have to wonder if it came with accompanying audio, something like "DANGER Will Robinson!!!"

  2. These PETA types are real fruitcakes.

  3. Not being a professional rabble-rouser, I'm sure I'm missing something, but won't the RCMP detail just be on high(er) alert for loons in costume, now? Or is this just a particularly high-concept way of having a virtual demonstration without the stigma (or pathos) of doing it in an online game of some sort?

  4. Not being a professional rabble-rouser, I'm sure I'm missing something, but won't the RCMP detail just be on high(er) alert for loons in costume, now? Or is this just a particularly high-concept way of having a "virtual" demonstration without the pathos of doing it in an online game of some sort?

    • I'm pretty sure they put out this media alert to make sure the media would cover it. If they didn't, then there would be no coverage of them getting arrested by the RCMP. From their perspective, the point is to get on tv to get their message out, not so much to actually talk to Harper.

      • Oh, no doubt. But the press release severely reduces the chances of getting in close enough proximity to both a camera and Harper to "mar" anything, I would have imagined.

      • Oh, no doubt. But the press release severely reduces the chances of getting in close enough proximity to both a camera and Harper to really "mar" anything, I would have imagined.

      • In fact, the purpose of the release is most likely to try to get the RCMP detail to react, it makes far better TV.

      • Technical question: would the RCMP be actively engaged on the streets of New York?

        • No – they're just bodyguard detail. Local city police would be the ones reacting to any disturbance.

  5. Not being a professional rabble-rouser, I'm sure I'm missing something, but won't the RCMP detail just be on high(er) alert for loons in costume, now? Or is issuing a press release and not showing up/being stopped by police just a particularly high-concept way of having a "virtual" demonstration, without the pathos of doing it in an online game of some sort?

  6. PETA seems to be coordinating strikes by using "cells" consisting of three costumed activists each.

    Just look at the media attention they got yesterday from a mere six activists. Three 'nuns' in the HOC, plus three 'baby seals' who lay down on a Washington street and were arrested by Capitol police. PETA got ample coverage by effectively deploying a handful of troops.

    Who needs crowds of demonstrators when a few costumed performance artists will draw just as much media attention for a fraction of the effort?

    • "Canadian Prime Minister's New York Visit to Occur Simultaneously with Distant Performance Art" doesn't have the same ring to it, I must admit.

    • "Who needs crowds of demonstrators when a few costumed performance artists will draw just as much media attention for a fraction of the effort?"

      The Right. The media ignores groups of right-wing activists numbering less than several thousand unless their actions are boorish enough to discredit their own cause.

  7. They have ruined attendance in the gallery for real nuns.

  8. I hope Harper carves one of these suckers up and eats their heart. Show that GG of ours who wears the pants in this government.

    • Yeah, that'll show the Governor General! How dare she!

      Wait, what did the GG do again?

      Why is it exactly that you think the Governor General needs a lesson in the wearing of pants as it pertains to the hierarchy of Canadian federalism?

  9. Well, mostly it was a joke – I was trying to say I'd like to see the PM eat a human heart. The GG wears pant(suits) as good as anybody.

  10. I'm not sure I'd want to be taken into custody by the cops, already painted in blood.

    • You do the cops an injustice. In my experience they're pretty fair-minded and careful to avoid mistreating people.

      In fact, I've been on several protests where overwhelming police protection was the only thing that kept counter-protesters from killing us.

        • Touche. But you have to admit that there's enough mistrust of cops out there for someone to miss the joke.

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