The idea of protesting protests with an anti-protest protest is probably as old as the first person to ever get sick of activists, but the (very few) members of Citizens Opposing Whining have captured America's hearts by nailing the execution of this timeless joke. Setting up their April Fool's Day "rally" in downtown Marquette on the upper peninsula of Michigan, the C.O.W. aimed to stop Millennials from joining too many protests and succumbing from "cause fatigue."
Said C.O.W. leader John Taylor,
"We are a group of very unconcerned citizens who are tired of not being able to come to the post office without some worthy cause vying for our attention and nagging at our conscience. We would like clear, quiet streets again so that we can be oblivious to the needs of this community and be content with our own lives...
...We feel the need to stand up for our right to not stand up for our right. It seems that our entire generation is being conscripted into protest after protest of greatly meaningful things, but no one, no one cares about those don’t care. Except us."
That's how you do April Fool's, folks. As John wrote on Facebook:
As everyone has probably guessed by now, this was a very elaborate April Fool's day gag. But I did it with a purpose. There are a lot of worthy causes in Marquette that thrive on volunteer efforts and activism. But activism is such serious business now, people seem to lose the community spirit that drove them to the streets over petty squabbles and partisan divisions. I wanted to make a joke as much as a statement, the community needs that every April 1st. This joke has run it's course, it's time to put C.O.W. out to pasture. But in closing, I wanted to share an insight I had today: Our most controversial sign was a parody of the Westboro Baptist Church's "God Hates" signs, that simply said "God Hates Signs." At least one person we met today said something like "right on, man! but God doesn't hate signs." Yet, when a sign actually does say "God Hates Jews," Or Gays, or anyone else, nobody says anything. Are not our fellow people much ,more valuable than a sign? If we object to saying "God hates Signs," can't we object as much to any other "God hates..." banner? Just a thought and a laugh on this April Fool's day -John L. Taylor
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