Peter H. passes along this amazing tale of Occupy Seattle destroying itself by acting like idiotic thugs at a public meeting designed to broaden support their cause! Excerpt from The Stranger, the city’s alt-weekly (emphases in the original):
No sooner had the panel finished opening remarks last night than a woman scampered up onto stage and yelled, “Mic check!” It was an orchestrated effort by several dozen activists to use the People’s Mic to interrupt a forum at Town Hall—a forum in favor of Occupy Wall Street, featuring three wonks and three activists from Occupy Seattle. Their stunt replaced what was supposed to be an informed discussion of the movement with an uninformative, shout-a-thon about process that consumed most of the evening. They booed opinions they disagreed with and drove supporters out of the building.
“I walked in supportive and left unsupportive,” said 69-year-old Mary Ann, who declined to provide her last name. “I’m turned off by the negative shouts, repetition, and all I can think about is a cult. And I believe in every one of their damn principles.”
Paula and Brian King also headed for the door early. “It was frustrating to listen to people shouting and interrupting,” lamented Paula. Brian added, “We are leaving because they are looking inward at themselves and their eccentric process rather than reaching out to people.”
You know why they ruined this event? Get a load of this:
Activists had planned to interrupt the panel because, some said, they opposed the power dynamic created by speakers on stage talking into microphones.
Holy Bob Dylan at Newport, isn’t that amazing!? These ninnies thought the use of a microphone was oppressive. This is not a movement. It’s a liturgical cult. Here’s the last word:
On his way out the door, Brian King added, “They think it is more important to purify themselves rather than connect with people who are not like themselves. They probably can’t get much further than they are right now.”
Oh, I don’t know about that. If only they had puppets, everything would be different!