In November of 1999, Kevin Smith attended a protest against his own movie: "Dogma." He even made it onto the local news, when the on-the-scene reporter asked him (not knowing it it was him) his thoughts on the movie. He responded: "I don't know, but I've been told, 'not good.'" comicbook.com/movies/news…
A disgruntled game dev student made a hilariously terrible animation of a dancing bear as a protest that he learned nothing from an animation class, by only utilizing techniques taught in the class. It became a meme after a friend uploaded it to youtube; he also got an A waxy.org/2008/01/colins_b…
In order to protest the high tariffs enforced by a U.K. censorship board, a filmmaker sent in a 10 hour β€œmovie” of white paint drying. They had to watch the entire film. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
In 1964, Muhammad Ali threw his Olympic Gold Medal into the Ohio River as an Act of Protest against Racism. smithsonianchannel.com/vi…
Even though Johnny Cash's first wife was Italian-American, black and white photos in the 1960s misled some people into believing that she was black, which led to protests, death threats, and cancelled shows history.com/news/why-hate…
In 1968, in protest of the UK government cutting military funding, a Royal Air Force pilot went rogue and flew a Hunter jet low over parliament, rattling their windows, before tucking through a gap just 200 ft wide in Tower Bridge. The stunt remains as a record to this day. youtube.com/watch?v=Gavx5…
Bloomers, the short gym bottoms worn by Japanese girls in Anime and manga, were largely phased out IRL in favor of unisex longer-legged shorts in the 1990's after a student protest at one school over the shorts attracting "unwanted attention" spread nationally. japantimes.co.jp/news/201…
There was an Anti-Mask League, an organization formed to protest the requirement for people in San Francisco to wear masks during the 1918 influenza pandemic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant…
In 1986 The Slow Movement that believes in "doing everything as well as possible, instead of as fast as possible." Began with a protest against the opening of a McDonalds in Rome. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slo…
Today I learned about the Mugwumps, who were Republican political activists who voted Democrat in 1884 to protest GOP financial corruption... theatlantic.com/magazine/…
In 2003, MTV aired an adult cartoon called Clone High which features clones of historical figures in high school. It was canceled after one season because it caused mass protest in India and even hunger strikes over its portrayal of Ghandi as a party animal ew.com/tv/2017/11/02/clon…
: Another factor for the 1989 Tiananmen Square protest was the death of Chinese reformist Hu Yaobang and rapid market economic reform. and at their last stand, the protester sings the international socialist anthem to protest the Chinese leadership for betraying their original ideas. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/198…
Godiva is not just a brand of chocolate. Lady Godiva was married to the Earl of Merica. There is a legend that she rode her horse through town naked, covered only by her long hair, to protest her husband’s taxes on the villagers. britannica.com/biography/…
On June 23, 2014 Charles R. Moore a white minister from Texas set himself on fire to protest racism en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
Today I learned of Japan group "Kakuhido" which roughly translates as "Revolutionary Alliance of Men that Women find Unattractive," founded by a man dumped by his girlfriend on Christmas. On Valentine's Day 2015, 7 men showed up to march in protest of the commercialized day where women buy chocolate for men. telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
The bassist of Rage Against the Machine once climbed the set of the MTV Video Music Awards to protest not winning Best Rock Video loudwire.com/rage-against…
The Beatles LP "Yesterday and Today" originally featured a cover depicting the band laughing while covered in mutilated and decapitated baby dolls. The cover was intended as a Vietnam protest, with Lennon saying "If the public can accept something as cruel as the war, they can accept this cover" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yes…
In Fortaleza, Brazil, in 1920, the population elected a goat as a city councilor in protest to local oligarchies and politicians. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Today I learned about an African American man who was shot by authorities during a protest in Boston. His name was Crispus Attucks, and he took two musket balls in the chest. First death of the American Revolution. Attucks was said to be exhibiting "mad behavior" and his shooters were acquitted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cri…
A couple once tried to name their child Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116, which is pronounced "Albin", to protest against Swedish naming laws. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/enter…
Pacific Gas & Electric attempted to build a nuclear reactor In Bodega Bay CA where the San Andreas Fault line ran directly through the reactor core. Protests by locals were ignored until an 8.6 earthquake in Alaska caused them to be listened to. sonomamag.com/nuclear-fau…
When Danes living under Prussian rule was banned from flying the Danish flag, they bred a special red pig, with white stripes resembling Dannebrog, as a protest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
After the Bulldozer Revolution in Serbia, the resistance set up a course in non-violent protest canvasopedia.org/wp-conte…
Libyan dictator Gaddafi's son, Al-Saadi Gaddafi, had a football "career". Announcers were only allowed to mention his name and the military prevented any protests. 'Recruited' into Serie A had one substitute appearance before failing a drug test. He was considered "twice as slow as slow itself." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-…
In 1974, a protest group of traditional country artists was formed in Nashville as a result of Olivia Newton-John, a foreigner from Australia, winning the Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year award claiming her foray into country music as "un-American" people.com/archive/cover-…
Paul Tibbets -the pilot who dropped the Hiroshima bomb- requested not to have a grave, so antinuclear activists wouldn't protest on it. wsfa.com/story/7300956/am…
Today I learned of the Fan Meifuri Movement. In 1948, protests erupted in China as Americans pardoned known Japanese WW2 War Criminals. Fearing communist influence, the KMT cracked down hard against the protests. This in turn demoralized many nationalists with the KMT, aiding the CCP's victory in 1949. jstor.org/stable/23612628…
During a nationwide student protest, National Guard troops fired upon and killed several students at Kent State. Republican Governer, Jim Rhodes had called the protesters "the worst type of people" and "we're going touse every part of the law enforcement agency ... to eradicate the problem" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ken…
When the La Tomatina was banned in 1957, poeple carried a coffin with a huge tomato in it as a sign of protest. The festival was permitted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_…
In 1967 labor disputes led to violent protests in Hong Kong that resulted in a wave of diaspora en.wikipedia.org/wiki/196…
The Toyi-toyi was a dance used in protests in South Africa, especially against apartheid, where crowds would jump from one foot to the other youtube.com/watch?v=XPuQB…
Final Solution, a 2003 Indian film allowed a Pirate-and-Circulate campaign in protest against its ban by censor board (Get-a-free-copy-only-if-you-promise-to-pirate-and-make-5-copies). Over 10,000 CDs of the film were distributed and the director uploaded the movie to Vimeo during the campaign. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fin…
The word Luddite comes from the radical 19th century workers who destroyed textile machinery as a form of protest. Over time, the term has come to mean one opposed to industrialisation, automation, computerisation, or new technologies in general. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
There's a holiday called 'Buy Nothing Day' an international day of protest against consumerism & 'Black Friday.' Participants wander around shopping malls or other consumer havens with a blank stare. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Buy…
In 2006, a freelance journalist from California was jailed by federal district court for 226 days. This is because he refused to turn over his videotapes of an anti-G8 protest, in which some protesters vandalized property and one of them being choked by a cop en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos…
When the US military tried segregating the pubs in Bamber Bridge in 1943, the local Englishmen instead decided to hang up "Black soldiers only" signs on all pubs as protest en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bat…
Today I learned about Freeganism, an alternative philosophy for living, based on minimum participation in capitalism and conventional economic practices as well as limited consumption of capitalistic resources. Freegansβ€”at least in theoryβ€”avoid buying anything as an act of protest against the food system. wikipedia.org/wiki/Freega…
In 2014, to protest Black Friday, Cards against Humanity only sold boxes labeled "Bullshit" to Black Friday shoppers for 6 dollars each. The boxes contained actual bull feces and some dug through it looking for a new card but found nothing but feces. The profits were donated to charity. independent.co.uk/news/we…
In 1988 there were Anti-African protests in Nanjing, China. The protests were groundbreaking dissidence for China and would play a role in influencing the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nan…
In 2016, a British man crowdfunded a ten hour film of paint drying in order to force the British Board of Film Classification to watch it, as part of a protest against it. This is due to independent filmmakers needing to pay Β£1,000 per submission in order to be certified. The film received a U. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
In 1992, Singer SinΓ©ad O'Connor tore up a picture of Pope John Paul II during a performance on Saturday Night Live to protest the abuse of children within the Catholic Church. It was extremely controversial at the time and she was heavily criticised in the media. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
The first US-built tanks were too late for use in WWI but during the great depression the US army deployed six to disperse the BONUS army protest of WWI veterans en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M19…
Today I learned about the Singing Revolution which was a series of events between 1987 and 1991 in the Baltic States which incorporated the singing of patriotic songs as a method of protest against the Soviet Union. These events would ultimately result in the Baltic State gaining their independence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sin…
The first pro-gay film in the world was a 1919 German film called β€œDifferent from the Others”. It was created as a protest against German laws that criminalised homosexuality. The Nazis destroyed most prints of the film, and only one known copy has survived. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dif…
Today I learned about the People's Olympiad, a planned international sports event to be held in Barcelona meant as a protest to the Berlin 1936 Olympics. It had the support of Stalin's Soviet Union and athletes from many countries, but in the end it was cancelled due to the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peo…
In 1986 a man named John R. MacDougall jammed HBO on the East Coast for almost 5 minutes, affecting 8 million people, all to protest their rates for satellite dish owners en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
Plebeians from the Roman Empire abandoned the city in a form of protest, known as Secessio plebis, leaving the streets completely empty and the wealthy unable to enforce their power. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sec…
31 inmates of Louisiana's Angola prison cut their Achilles' tendons to protest deplorable living conditions. This prompted national news agencies to write exposΓ© stories on inmate life, leading to prison reform. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lou…
In December 1958, fishing rights tensions between Mexico and Guatemala escalated. Seeking to distract from domestic protests, the Guatemalan Air Force strafed a row of Mexican trawlers, killing 3 fishermen. The president defended his brinkmanship, claiming they were pirates plotting an invasion en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mex…
On 4/20/69 , Protesters built a park on a lot of land owned by the University Of Berkeley. Dubbed "Peoples Park" it still stands to this day, only after multiple violent protests where Hippies fended off both the police force, and the national guard that was sent in by President Reagan. ucpd.berkeley.edu/history…
For several years Uganda has had the highest alcohol consumption per capita in the world. Ugandan's drink of choice was created specifically protest British colonial law. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War…
Samuel L. Jackson was expelled from his college by locking the board members in a building in protest; one of them being Martin Luthor King Sr. watchtheyard.com/colleges…
In 1965, the Welsh village Capel Celyn and surrounding farms were flooded in order to make a reservoir to provide water for Liverpool despite protests from the locals and the Welsh Members of Parliament. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
When the British electronics retailer Dixons introduced the Matsui brand, they drew protests due to the brand having the same name as Iwane Matsui, the Japanese general responsible for the Nanking Massacre. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dix…
Today I learned of the violent episode of the civil rights movement, the Orangeburg Massacre. On February 8, 1968, a civil rights protest at South Carolina State University turned deadly when 3 young men were killed, 28 people wounded, shot as they fled the assault by law enforcement. history.com/topics/1960s/…
In 1958, a female rhino received 100,000 votes in the SΓ£o Paulo city council elections, as a form of protest vote. Officials did not accept her candidacy. "Voto Cacareco" (Cacareco being the rhino’s name) is commonly used to describe protest votes in Brazil. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cac…
Today I learned of Topsy the Elephant, an exhibit at Coney Island. Due to her 'bad behavior' it was decided to hang her in front of a fee paying audience. Following protests she was killed by large ropes tied to a steam-powered winch with both poison and electrocution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top…
Today I learned of Paint Drying, a 10 hour movie about paint drying on a wall. Created as a protest to force British Board of Film Classification watch all 10 hours to rate the movie mashable.com/2016/01/26/p…
The U.S. Men’s Basketball team was 63-0 in Olympic History going into the finals of the 1972 Munich Olympic finals. The lost by one point to the Soviet team in one of the most controversial events in the Olympic history. The U.S. team never accepted their silver medals in protest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/197…
Clone High, an adult animated tv series about the clones of famous historical figures going to high school, was cancelled due to its portrayal of Ghandi as a loose party animal, causing great controversy in India. It began hunger strikes and even a national protest where MPs got involved. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clo…
Today I learned of David Buckel, who self-immolated to protest the burning of fossil fuels. He left a note to police apologizing for the mess and built a fire ring so the fire would not spread. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
The cover of RATM's self-titled album is a pulitzer-winning photo of a monk, ThΓ­ch QuαΊ£ng Đức, who set himself ablaze in 1963 to protest the persecution of Buddhists by the govt. of Vietnam. This drew enough international attention to persuade JFK to withdraw support for President Ngo Dinh Diem. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rag…
Today I learned of Bayard Rustin, the gay civil rights leader and advisor to MLK who singlehandedly shaped his non-violent protest methods. He was forced to resign to protect the movement when a congressman threatened to fabricate a story of an affair between him and King to dissuade protests in his district. pbs.org/outofthepast/past…
The 1981 comedy film β€˜The Cannonball Run’ starring Burt Reynolds was actually a race event organized by Car & Driver editor Brock Yates to protest the 55 mph speed limit. It was the Cannonball Baker Sea-To-Shining-Sea Memorial Trophy Dash. There were 5 races run between 1971 & 1979. arnesantics.com/i-went-se…
Paul Tibblets, the pilot of the Enola Gay when it dropped Little Boy on Hiroshima, did not have a funeral or headstone on his death, fearing it would become a site for protest. Instead he was cremated and his ashes were scattered in the English Channel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pau…
In Sweden, Elisabeth Hallin and Lasse Diding tried to name their child Brfxxccxxmnpcccclllmmnprxvclmnckssqlbb11116, which is apparently pronounced "Albin," to protest a 5,000 SEK fine when they failed to register his name by his fifth birthday. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nam…
The "crazy" sounds in Jimi Hendrix's notorious rendition of the national anthem at Woodstock were actually simulating combat -- bombs dropping, people screaming -- in protest against the Vietnam War. spin.com/2016/09/remember…
US sailors captured by North Korea, were flipping the middle finger in photos to protest the propaganda on their treatment. The North Koreans for months photographed them without knowing the real meaning of the finger, while the sailors explained that the sign meant good luck in Hawaii. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
Even the Ku Klux Klan classifies the Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group; the KKK were one of the main counter protesters against the Church's anti-Memorial Day protests at the Arlington Cemetery, Virginia edition.cnn.com/2011/US/0…
The 1981 movie β€œCannonball Run” starring Burt Reynolds is based on a real event. Started in 1971 by Brock Yates to protest the 55mph speed limit the Cannonball Baker Sea to Shining Sea Memorial Trophy Dash was a race from NY City to LA. The current record is 2,825 miles in 27 hours 25 minutes. caranddriver.com/features…
A Mayor in Utah constructed a lie about the city having Vikings origins & artefacts for tourism, and people began to call and protest the supposed movement of the artefacts, calling his admission of a lie a β€˜vast government conspiracy’ latimes.com/archives/la-x…
After Albanian citizens lost ~$1.2 billion (~$400 per capita) to Ponzi schemes in 1997, some of the losers started protesting against the government. The protests ultimately turned into a 6+ month civil war that toppled the government and killed 2000 to 3800 people. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
Architect Edmund Bacon (Kevin Bacon's dad) illegally skateboarded across Philadelphia's LOVE Park, the plaza he helped design, to protest the city's skateboard ban. phillymag.com/news/2016/0…
The casting of Daniel Craig to play James Bond was highly criticized. Throughout the making of the film, internet campaigns expressed their dissatisfaction and threatened to boycott the film in protest. However, upon its release, it became the highest grossing James Bond film until that time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
When mobster Joseph Colombo started a picket to protest the arrest of his son with ~30 other Italian-Americans, over five thousand demonstrators joined the protest, and ultimately founded the Italian-American Civil Rights League. The group grew to over 45,000 members in less than two months. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ita…
Today I learned about the Rosenstrasse Protest, where Non-Jewish wives and relatives of Jewish men protested Nazi Germany's policy of deportation of Jewish men. It was the only mass public demonstration by Germans during the Third Reich. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ros…
Nine months before Rosa Parks' arrest for refusing to give up her bus seat, 15-year-old Claudette Colvin was arrested in Montgomery for the same act. The city's black leaders prepared to protest, until it was discovered Colvin was pregnant and deemed an inappropriate symbol for their cause. history.com/topics/black-…
In 1989 around 2 million people from Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania held hands in peaceful protest against the Soviet Union, creating a chain of people that was 600 km long. Known as the Baltic Chain, it sparked demonstrations overseas and forced the USSR to acknowledge its crimes. thebalticway.eu/en/histor…
A puppet who performed at Europe’s largest song contest received several thousand votes in the Irish Presidential election of 1997 and still receives a few hundred votes each election as a protest vote irishtimes.com/news/turke…
During the 2016 anti-government protest, Thai people improvised body armor out of used x-ray film which could stop .38 special bullets. theboxotruth.com/the-box-…
Today I learned of the slow movement, which advocates a cultural shift toward slowing down life's pace, and "doing everything as well as possible, instead of as fast as possible." It began with a protest against the opening of a McDonald's in Rome in 1986. "It’s about quality over quantity in everything." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slo…
Today I learned about Coxey's Army. It was the first popular protest march on Washington. Composed of unemployed workers from the United States, the protesters petitioned for government jobs in 1894, the second year of a four-year economic depression that was the worst in United States history to that time. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cox…
A Kent State communications major took an audio recording of the war protest from his dorm room in 1970. He created the only real-time account of the shooting, and his original tape was destroyed by the Department of Justice in 1979. huffingtonpost.com/entry/…
Pink Floyd's 'The Wall' was banned in South Africa after schoolchildren started chanting itslyrics to protest an inferior educational system. ultimateclassicrock.com/p…
Today I learned about Mary Thomas, a leader during the Fireburn riots of 1878 on the island of St Croix where plantations were burned in protest of oppresive working conditions enforced by Danish colonial rulers. A statue of Mary has been erected in Copenhagen, the city's 1st public statue of a black woman. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Today I learned about Claudette Colvin, a 15 year old African American girl from Montgomery, AL who was arrested in 1955 after she refused to give up her seat on a bus to a white woman, telling the bus driver, "It's my constitutional right to sit here." She did this 9 months prior to Rosa Parks' famous protest. biography.com/people/clau…
In 1999 Kevin Smith joined in a protest against his own movie Dogma, and was even interviewed by the local news under his friends name, Bryan Johnson. news.avclub.com/back-in-1…
Today I learned of the Secession of the Plebs. A form of protest where Rome's non-aristocratic citizens would leave the city en masse leaving the aristocratic Patricians to fend for themselves. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sec…
Despite 12 indictments and several convictions of high level officials involved in the Iran-Contra scandal, all perpetrators were either pardoned or had sentences overturned resulting in no prison time. The only person to go to jail was a minister who stole a street sign in protest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ira…
When the Prussians banned Danes who lived under their rule from raising the Danish flags, they instead displayed Husum Red Pied pigs because they looked similar to the flag and were nicked named the Danish Protest Pigs. thatsfarming.com/news/por…
When Danes living under Prussian rule were prohibited from raising the Danish flag, the bred a pig to look like the flag instead, called the Danish Protest Pig. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
In 2003, as a response to Prime Minister John Howard's attitude towards peace protests, the Australian satirical newspaper The Chaser published his real home phone number on their front page. The headline read "Howard ignores the people. So call him at home on (02) 9922 6189". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
For the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the Chinese government announced that people could apply for permits to protest in designate areas. None of the permits were granted, and many of those who applied disappeared or were arrested. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Con…
Today I learned about Nangeli, a South Indian woman who chopped off her breasts to protest against the breast tax, which was levied by the kingdom if the women weren't bare chested in public as a sign of respect towards the 'superior' castes. The tax was annulled after she bled to death. indiatoday.in/amp/educati…
Today I learned of Alan Pollock, a former RAF pilot who, in 1968, flew a Hawker Hunter jet fighter through London's Tower Bridge to protest the Ministry of Defence's failure to commemorate the RAF's 50th anniversary. wikipedia.org/wiki/Hawker…
Some people in the USA modify their cars to produce thick black diesel smoke to protest/annoy cyclists and environmentalist. It's called 'Rolling Coal' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rol…
In Singapore, there is a park known as "Speaker's Corner" where people are allowed to protest and speak freely - something which is not permitted in the rest of the country. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spe…
Today I learned about the Montgomery bus boycott, a political and social protest campaign against the policy of racial segregation on the public transit system of Montgomery, Alabama, that also led to the Emergence of Matin Luther King Jr. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mon…
550 motorcyclists participated in a ride to protest New York State's mandatory helmet law. During the ride, One of the rider's breaks failed and was sent over the handlebars and hit his head on the pavement, killing him. Medical experts said he would have survived if he had worn his helmet. abcnews.go.com/US/york-ri…
In 1978 disability advocates blocked buses in Denver to protest the lack of handicapped equipped public transit. youtube.com/watch?time_co…

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