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Proposal: Direct Action vs. "The Simple Life" Billboard in Allston
03 Jun 2006
I propose a direct action against the billboard advertising the new season of "The Simple Life " on Brighton Ave. at Allston St. in Allston.
(map: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=Allston+St+%26+Brighton+Ave,+All).
whores1.jpg
I don't even own a tv, but to me, the promotion of this show starring a famous-for-nothing slut-heiress who has never worked a day in her life is infuriating; it's a grotesque insult to all hardworking Bostonians who commute on Brighton Ave. to honest jobs in the city every day. The advertising and corporate media elites must think we're really a bunch of stupid suckers who can't distinguish between excellence and garbage, or recognize talent or accomplishment when we see it.

The money and fake celebrity ├╝ber alles message of "The Simple Life" is doubly insulting and inappropriate for this working class section of Allston, where an immigrant day labor market gathers every day along the sidewalk across the street.

We didn't ask them to force Paris Hilton's dumbshit image into our minds or to rub her unearned wealth and life of luxury in our faces. But we don't have to sit back and take it either. Lets fight back!

I've seen some of "The Simple Life" bus stop posters creatively vandalized, but this operation will be a little different because the billboard is on the roof of a building. Add a comment if you have any good ideas about what to do to the billboard. I was thinking of like an antiwar message or an impeachment slogan, or maybe just tagging it with the word "WHORE!" or something like that.

Also, if anyone has any intel about building security or how to get on the roof, email me.

Update #1: It's a Clear Channel billboard -- what a surprise. Also, it's only a one story building w/ easy roof access.

This work is in the public domain

Comments

Nice try cop!
03 Jun 2006
Look people, if you want to vandalize billboards go ahead and do it, but posting your intentions on the Internet like this provocateur is doing is just nonsense.

I have a better idea, though. Copy some DVDs about the lies of 9/11 and hand them out in the neighborhood. That way, instead of making a working class neighborhood feel like their neighborhood is full of useless angry hoodlums, you would be helping the residents understand that the real problems facing them are much more serious than what anorexic rich bitch is trying to sell them on.

Stop acting like kids if you want to be taken seriously, and that applies equally whether this posting is legit or posted by law enforcement.
Cops = reel smart
03 Jun 2006
You really think Boston police are smart enough to come up w/ something like this? I bet it's legit.
Boston Cops...
03 Jun 2006
Are no more or less intelligent on average than Boston activists. I have no knee-jerk hatred of cops. I understand they like evryone else can be honest or corrupt, well-informed or brainwashed. If this was not done by a scheming cop, then it was done by a stupid activist. I don't target the individual, just the sentiment and rationality behind the tactic. I don't believe in insulting groups of people, especially those that include lots of honest good hearted folks who just happen to have been lied to over and over. Same goes for a lot (not all) of the soldiers in Iraq. The tactic of making groups hate and fear each other is a tool of the problem, not the solution. Learn that and the revolution will succeed. Don't learn it and you'll perpetuate the oppressors' startegy of social tension. It's your choice.
i'll have some!
03 Jun 2006
.. of what you're smoking!
Re: Proposal: Direct Action vs. "The Simple Life" Billboard in Allston
03 Jun 2006
I agree with you that Parris Hilton is a slut, but mind your own business. You don't own a TV so you will not be forced to watch the show. You are not forced to look a a billboard either. Avert your eyes.
By the Way - I'm a Cop
03 Jun 2006
Yes, it's true. And I monitor this site daily.
Let roy batty do it himself.
03 Jun 2006
No one is stopping you, roy batty.
hey tim
03 Jun 2006
you're a hero! don't let anyone tell you different. i salute you for your service.
Hey!
03 Jun 2006
What's with this woman-hating language on Boston IMC? Look, I might not like this TV show either but your sexist invective against female actors and musicians shows your true political orientation: a knuckleheaded reactionary. Fuck off and die.
that's funny
03 Jun 2006
oh no. roy's been denounced and expelled from the party consisting of exactly one person.. fred bergen! if you can't call a person whose notoriety is based on serial boning of B-list celebrity dudes and a drugged sex video with a hollywood gigolo, a "slut" and a "whore," who can you? hilton is the one selling it; not our fault when we call it what it is..
Re: Proposal: Direct Action vs. "The Simple Life" Billboard in Allston
03 Jun 2006
I would think that if your neighborhood is working class as you said it was that you would be more offended by the illegal immigrant day labor market that drives down wages of americans than an advertizement for a show you don't have to watch. Fight for something worth fighting for!
Re: Proposal: Direct Action vs. "The Simple Life" Billboard in Allston
03 Jun 2006
Well, all-american, Brighton is largely populated by working class immigrants--how about that! Irish, Brazilian, Russian--many of them undocumented. Are you supporting the working-class, or just the native-born sections of it? If you don't want higher wages, let people get legal status so their bosses can't exploit them as easily.

And I do agree with Fred--what is "working-class" about calling someone a whore? Is your issue with Hilton that she's rich, or that she had sex with someone? I like sex too--am I a whore? Do you think the working class is supposed to be chaste? Dissing someone as a whore ain't advancing anything revolutionary.
Re: Proposal: Direct Action vs. "The Simple Life" Billboard in Allston
03 Jun 2006
I have no problem with legal immigrants, I have a big problem with illegal immigrants that lower wages, exploit social services, steal identities, and break the laws of the land. By the way saying that an illegal alien is an undocumented worker is like saying a burgular is an uninvited guest.
Re: Proposal: Direct Action vs. "The Simple Life" Billboard in Allston
03 Jun 2006
Why are you so bitter? Paris was fortunate enough to be born into money, beautiful enough to model at an early age, and smart enough to use this to make even more money on T.V. are you feeling a little short changed? I agree with All-American. Get a life. Do something worthy to direct your petty jelousy.
Re: Proposal: Direct Action vs. "The Simple Life" Billboard in Allston
03 Jun 2006
Six! Seven! Go to hell or go to heaven!
Big Picture
03 Jun 2006
We see and hear things everyday that either is not right or annoys us. I am not fond of any reality T.V., but complaining for the sake of doing so makes the planet just a little warmer.
Re: working class
03 Jun 2006
You guys don't seem to understand something. I'm Roy Batty, not Che Guevara. I'm not a working class revolutionary, I'm a replicant with a four year life-span. If I can be said to have any political beliefs at all, they're more punk-anarchist than socialist or feminist. I believe that humans are a cruel and selfish race, but I envy their longevity. In my life I've done extraordinary things; I've also done questionable things. And Paris is a SKANK!!
Re: Proposal: Direct Action vs. "The Simple Life" Billboard in Allston
03 Jun 2006
> If I can be said to have any political beliefs at all, they're more
> punk-anarchist than socialist or feminist

Calling someone a skank ain't punk-anarchist. Can you see Crass calling someone a skank? Please!
Re: Proposal: Direct Action vs. "The Simple Life" Billboard in Allston
03 Jun 2006
Well shit, I guess you petty little thought police are the last word on who is punk anarchist and leftist and the other labels you're responsible for defining. Keep up the good work!
Paris Hilton is a cock sucker.
03 Jun 2006
Well, it's true.
DEFEND WOMENS RIGHTS
04 Jun 2006
The puritanical anti-women tone of this 'modest proposal' sounds like something from an Islamist woman-hater. Calling a woman a "Whore" and "Skank" seems to reveal a hostility to womens sexuality. Should she be covered head to toe?

Freedom of speech and the press extends to 'stupid girls' too. She is harmless, if you don't want to watch her don't. The billboards are a part of the urban landscape...love it or leave it.
Re: Proposal: Direct Action vs. "The Simple Life" Billboard in Allston
04 Jun 2006
Okay, roy, if you think I'm being the "petty little thought police," then explain to me what's punk or anarchist about calling someone a whore.

And just to be clear, thought police regulate and oppress you. I'm calling you out on a contradiction, and I'm doing it on a friggin' anonymous internet site. that's criticism--not thought policing.
Re: Proposal: Direct Action vs. "The Simple Life" Billboard in Allston
04 Jun 2006
Ooo calling me out, eh? You're tough! Sorry, but calling Paris Hilton a "dumb slut" doesn't say anything about my politics except that 1) I'm not blinded by my own bullshit ideology, and 2) I'm not a feminist law student or gender studies grad student. I always forget why the left only controls like three campus departments.. Now I remember. If you like sex, fuck away -- I've got no problem with that. That's a little different than making 100's of millions and getting internationally famous for exploiting it. But whatever, I might as well argue with my wall than w/ indy feminists.
Re: Proposal: Direct Action vs. "The Simple Life" Billboard in Allston
04 Jun 2006
One more thing, big. Do you think the writers at Gawker are foaming reactionaries? Cuz they call Paris a "celebutwat" and a " professional trollop," among other things.

http://www.gawker.com/news/culture/paris-hilton/index.php

But you win -- Guess I'm not "Indy" enough.. The only thing people like you are good at is expelling heritics. You sure as hell couldn't ever persuade anyone of your point of view, or get anything done.
Re: Proposal: Direct Action vs. "The Simple Life" Billboard in Allston
04 Jun 2006
I wish the billboard was of Condi.
Re: Proposal: Direct Action vs. "The Simple Life" Billboard in Allston
04 Jun 2006
Hey now I know why you call yourself "big surprise" because you will be one of the few surprised when the senate gives more rights to illegals and increases their numbers to a point that it will change america into another third world country like Mexico, or maybe you will have a "big surprise " when the american voters are tired of being patient and that day labor site is shut down and the deportations start.
Re: Proposal: Direct Action vs. "The Simple Life" Billboard in Allston
04 Jun 2006
Brighton Ave. and Allston St in Allston. Thanks for the info now I know where to send I.C.E. let the deportation game begin.
Re: Proposal: Direct Action vs. "The Simple Life" Billboard in Allston
04 Jun 2006
Roy, i see nothing remotely punk or anarchist about using derogatory language towards women. if there was some show about a guy who'd gotten famous off of some sex tape would you call him a skank or a slut? i don't believe you would. if you want a better world it starts with every one of us rejecting this patriarchal and oppressive shit.
Re: Proposal: Direct Action vs. "The Simple Life" Billboard in Allston
04 Jun 2006
Roy, relax. You're clearly taking this really personally. I share your dislike for the media and for inherited wealth, but I object to the language you're using. If you think that's silly, then just let it go.

To reply to your comments, I've never read Gawker. I'd also say that yes, calling someone a "celebutwat" is sexist. As for "foaming reactionaries," that's your term, not mine.

You wrote, "Guess I'm not "Indy" enough." I've no idea how indy you are, nor do I want to guess. All I did was hold up your comment to the punk anarchist politics you said you espoused. I'm not questioning your identity. (For the record, I don't think that I'd be considered very indy at all--I listen to folk and hip-hop. So what?)

As for saying your comment that"You sure as hell couldn't ever persuade anyone of your point of view, or get anything done," you don't actually know shit about me, including my name. I'm pretty comfortable with my skills at persuading people and getting things done. I'm not sure why you feel like my criticism is akin to "expelling heretics," or what I'd even be expelling you from--that's not my goal.
Re: Proposal: Direct Action vs. "The Simple Life" Billboard in Allston
04 Jun 2006
Oh, all-american, I'll be pleased when the Senate gives more rights to undocumented immigrants. Our current immigration law is utterly whacked, breaks up families, and is perfect for bosses who want employees they can easily bully and threaten with deportation.

Why the obsession with Mexico? Did you know that there are huge numbers of folks in Boston who've come here illegally from Ireland? if you really just oppose anyone who's here illegally, why don't I see you embracing legal Meixcans and shouting about undocumented Irish making this a third world country? Could it be...racism?
Big Surprise: This Is An Anglo-Saxon Culture
04 Jun 2006
At the certain risk of being denounced as racist(of course I don't care, consider the source) I will point out the obvious: this is an Anglo-Saxon culture. Thus I feel more comfortable with the English speaking Irish whose ancestors injected Irish perspectives into America, especially the Northeast and New England.

That (AngloSaxon) does not mean tribesmen from Germany in the 8th Century, or just descendents of the Mayflower. It can include all ethnicities and religions. It is a culture. The Irish probably have mixed feelings about what I claim, but modern Irish culture post-1600 is Anglo Saxon too. (Stop throwing bottles of empty Guiness at me, I read Joyce, O'Casey, and Heaney and have my fondest memories of my days hitchin from Sligo to Dublin).

We are not a Latin/South American culture of which much good can be said. But our concept of the individual, the role of women, of religion and frankly use of English which is coceptually different from Spanish(I have taught both to Latino and Anglo students) means that massive inundation of this culture by Latinos is not good for us (native born Americans and legal immigrants) or in the long run for illegal immigrants who will inevitably be a guest worker class full of ambition and of frustration. I am not ranting. I have no problem with limited, orderly immigration where the goal is assimilation. Multiculturalism exists in the minds of education and sociology professors and some politicians in the Democratic Party to dumb to know that it doesn't and hasn't worked in the schools and that America's successes, such as they are (and i'll include the labor movement as one) is the result of assimilation to a common culture. That culture is AngloSaxon. Again, an african american, a mexican american, a chinese american can be an "anglosaxon" for cultural purposes. Am I saying anglo-saxon culture is better? Yes for the purpose of maintaining an orderly and free society here in America. In Honduras, or in Brazil, it would be ridiculous. Having said that, in the business world from Peking to Rio, anglo-saxon values predominate, and have positive influences in journalism and in struggles for free press (anglosaxon idea) and speech.

I will also say that Islam by definition is not anglosaxon, nor is orthodox judaism. both of which should be made to keep low profiles in an anglosaxon culture.

If your response is to call me a racist, don't strain your wrists and get CTS. I don't care.
"to dumb"
04 Jun 2006
"...to dumb [sic] to know that it.." Classic. Thanks for making my day!
Re: Proposal: Direct Action vs. "The Simple Life" Billboard in Allston
04 Jun 2006
Well hey, I'm an Eastern European Jew. People 100 yeaers ago were saying the same things as you--that this is an Anglo-Saxon Country. Those in the Northeast were saying it to denouce the Slavs and Jews and Italians, instead of the Mexicans.

They were wrong then, and it's all the more shameful how wrong and anachronistic you are today.

But than's for showing your true colors. And feel free to kiss my Slavic Jewish ass.
A Button-Down Surprise
04 Jun 2006
Even a Big Surprise Semite can be a WASP. If you post on BIMC, you are a WASP.