Whaddawe want? When do we want it?

Really digging these two protest posters — presumably from the anti-austerity protests in London, but I’m not sure — posted on Twitter by Anita Anand, known over there as a presenter on the telly but who describes herself initially in her profile as “Mum to small person and wife to taller variety.”

I especially like the rushed, anarchic penmanship of the “evidence-based change” sign. Contrasts so deliciously with the mock moderation of the message…

9 thoughts on “Whaddawe want? When do we want it?

  1. Brad Warthen Post author

    Hmm… that convention of listing oneself as mum and wife first seems common among presenters of her generation. I started following Ms. Anand, and Twitter suggested I also try Jane Garvey (“Increasingly incompetent Mother of two daughters, part-time Radio 4 presenter”) and Victoria Derbyshire (“Mum of 2 boys, partner to Mark. Journalist. 5 Live.”).

    I DO so hope that “Victoria Derbyshire” is her real name, don’t you?…

    1. Kathryn Fenner

      One wonders if she isn’t the Something of Derbyshire, Duchess, Countess, who uses the Derbyshire for a surname,

  2. Kathryn Fenner

    Re time travel. My favorite Steven Wright: I went to a restaurant that offered breakfast any time, so I ordered French toast in the Renaissance

    1. Brad Warthen Post author

      They did a variant of that in “Swingers.” Jon Favreau orders “the pancakes in the Age of Enlightenment.” He then frets about having made a joke the waitress wouldn’t get (“Like a Las Vegas waitress is gonna get an obscure French philosophical reference”). A few seconds later, he tries to get the waitress’ attention, and without looking at him, she says with a world-weary tone, “Hang on, Voltaire…”

      My favorite Steven Wright is similar. It’s from the early ’80s, when microwaves were still sort of considered miraculously fast: “Last night I put some instant coffee in the microwave oven. I went back in time…”

  3. Maggie

    The top photo (Evidence-based change!) is from Jon Stewart’s “Rally to Restore Sanity” in DC a few years ago. It’s been on my bulletin board ever since!

  4. Brad Warthen Post author

    I particularly like it because as you know, I tend to take a dim view of street protests. They just sort of leave me jaded, particularly the highly-indignant chanting bits. For the most part, an idea that can be reduced to a lowest-common-denominator chant that a whole mob is willing to recite fervently and earnestly together is not really an idea worth having. It’s like an out-loud bumper sticker.

    But an ironic protest that doesn’t take itself seriously? THAT sounds like a demonstration I could get behind.

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