The Occupy Wall Street movement (OWS) has picked up steam all across America, with worldwide support from some, and admonishment from others. In order for many protestors to remain anonymous, they have chosen to cover their faces with bandanas or hoods, or the more popular Guy Fawkes mask, which was popularized in “V for Vendetta.”
The comic, originally released in 1982, was adapted into a movie in 2006, gaining a whole new fanbase behind its ideas and moreso the iconic mask that V wears. Since then, it has been a mainstay in comic cons nationwide, and has now infiltrated politics with the mask being worn in numbers of protests and marches related to OWS. Both creators of the comic are surprised and pleased to see this happening.
“The Guy Fawkes mask has now become a common brand and a convenient placard to use in protest against tyranny – and I’m happy with people using it, it seems quite unique, an icon of popular culture being used this way,” said David Lloyd in conversation with BBC News after visiting the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York City’s Zuccotti Park.
While Moore doesn’t presume that the protestors who’ve worn his character’s face are necessarily fans of his work — “[The mask is] cool-looking. I’m not trying to make a proprietorial statement,” he said — the writer did express some measure of satisfaction with the predicament. “I suppose when I was writing V for Vendetta I would in my secret heart of hearts have thought: wouldn’t it be great if these ideas actually made an impact?” Moore confessed. “So when you start to see that idle fantasy intrude on the regular world… It’s peculiar. It feels like a character I created 30 years ago has somehow escaped the realm of fiction.”