Friday, February 15, 2008

"We're not gonna protest! We're not gonna protest!"

Can anyone downtown confirm whether or not there has actually been anyone outside Discovery today for the beginning of the big protest? Of course, it's scheduled for another nine straight days, so maybe it still needs to build some momentum. At the very least, this guy better be out there.



I see that he's been getting some, uh, negative feedback about the protest on his MySpace page.

UPDATE: I drove by Discovery this morning, and while there was a relatively large number of participants I have a VERY STRONG suspicion that a large majority of the protestors were there only because they were getting paid to be. Inexplicably this guy has funds to support this, as evidenced by the large media buy he made over the last month or so. There's certainly plenty of precedent for this type of thing. Also, is there really a point in protesting an empty building? It's Sunday. Maybe the security guards will be swayed.

Unrelated, but my suspicions have been confirmed - it is indeed a New York & Company store that is opening up at the corner of Ellsworth and Georgia.



11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Funny that you ask. I actually saw him there today, all by himself, carrying this big sign.

silver spring penguin said...

Just passed the Discovery building. No protest. No nuthin'.

Clancy said...

Around 2pm, there were two men at the corner of Georgia & Colesville "protesting." One carried a sign that made absolutely no sense to me . . . and which is almost entirely forgotten some 2 hours later. Maybe it said something about animals? I remember it seemed to have a lot of animal pictures on it. The other man was passing out fliers (which I did not take).

Sorry that I don't have anything solid. If I'd known there was going to be a quiz, I would have paid more attention.

Anonymous said...

ugh! New York & Company? That is so not "hip."

hillary said...

Today (Sat) at 1pm there was one guy marching around with a sign and a few other people with signs gathered in a group chatting (total about 10 people). That's about 10x the turnout I was expecting...

Anonymous said...

Dude looks like a Stalinist. We use to walk around Stanford U. and deface their flyers with picts. of Trotsky with an ice pick through his head.

WashingtonGardener said...

Thi morning - Sunday about 10:30am - there was a crowd of 20+ with signs marching in front of Discovery.

Nate said...

The amount of money he has invested into this thing is frankly a little bit alarming. Half-page and full-page ads in the Express pretty much every day for weeks, multiple City Paper ads, not sure if he's taken them out in the Examiner as well . . .

Also, given the fact that no one actually appears to be in any way persuaded by his idiot rhetoric, it's pretty likely that all of his fellow protestors are on his payroll as well. Has anyone wondered if it might be Discovery's competitors bankrolling this guy, or even a bizarre reverse-PR thing funded by Discovery itself? I can believe that one nutjob cares about this stuff enough to make a lot of noise and march up and down for a week protesting ... I find it harder to believe he cares enough to invest thousands and thousands of dollars of his own money.

Anonymous said...

New York and Company - *sarcasm* greeeeaaaat. Isn't that where the big girls shop, that and it's full of crappy nondescript clothing.

Give me my Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, or Denium Bar already. Silver Spring has style... Well some do anyways don't been anymore bargain basement crapola

Anonymous said...

New York and Company? I give them less than a year. Kind of like the furniture company that was just across Ellsworth.

Or I could support them and start wearing women's underwear. I suspect the guy who is protesting out in front of Discovery does.

Thats it! He is a publicity stunt, funded by New York and Company. He gets his women's clothing for free, plus is bankrolled to create "excitement" about the area!

Ya gotta love DTSS... It is SO much more interesting than that town west of Rock Creek.

Thayer Ave., too said...

I second the Anthropologie cry!