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News :: Globalization
28 Oct 2004
Holy shit, watch this video! Eminen not only slams Bush, but he clearly advocates that everyone joins the Black Bloc (including members of the military!) This is hip hop activism meets militant anarchism....but wait, you have to follow the story to the end.


1) A New Kid on the Bloc! Eminem joins the Anti-Capitalist contingent


2) The Black Bloc links up to forms a Soft Bloc - ready for battle!


3) A Crusty Punk jumps up and dismantles the Long Range Acoustic Device (LRAD), a sonic crowd control weapon


4) The Bloc faces off against the Riot Cops


5) The Bloc storms the government building....


6) ...just as a liberal reformist reveals himself hidden among the radicals...


7) ...and convinces everyone that electoral politics is the only way to change the system.

THE SEQUEL: After the election we can only hope that Eminem REMAKES this video with the Black Bloc (and Padded Bloc!) storming the White House, and trampling the suit-and-tie reformists under their feet.


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28 Oct 2004
are fairweather cheerleaders for their beloved "black bloc" really so arrogant as to think that when anyone in popular culture dawns a black hoodie it has to do with them? or can only the "black bloc" wear black hoodies now? perhaps they can register their garb as trademark items for their ad-hoc posses of world revolution (or OK at least getting the circus out of town in Eugene), the way Benetton did with its new fashion line after Seattle.
"Clearly advocates that everyone joins the Black Bloc" by wearing black hoodies and voting for John Kerry... right.
Were Red Sox fans wearing black hoodies last night who faced off against riot cops "clearly advocating the black bloc" too?
29 Oct 2004
Maybe I am reading way too far into this whole thing, but I assume the original posting above was doing something I have heard about called 'ironic humor'.

hmmm...Its so hard to tell. .

Dear dave-or-rific...If you are not a member of the black bloc, but would still like to wear a black hoodie, I think people would be okay with that. You might want to ask around however, just to be sure.
29 Oct 2004
I thought the original post was TOTALLY fabricated, but when I watched the video, it became pretty clear that Eminem actually is borrowing images directly from the Black Bloc storybook. It goes way beyond just wearing black hoodies. The black clad youth get organized and link arm and arm...and they do confront lines of riot police in classic Bloc fashion (which is not the way people normally act in crowd situations - Mr. Daveoriffic). I think the media images of Black Bloc have become so familiar to people, that they now serve as a visual icon for resistance itself...even if the actual political messages of the Bloc have gotten totally lost. I don't know if that's really a good thing, but it shows that at least the Bloc have created a powerful image that has seeped into the public consciousness.

BTW, if you have not figured it out, the VOTE FOR KERRY buttons and word balloons were added to the images above - I figure to make fun of the cartoon, not to say it was really endorsing the Black Bloc.
Can the Black Bloc Sue Eminem?
29 Oct 2004
I am a member of the Black Bloc, and I am thinking of suing Eminem for copywrite infringement. Would others interested in joining me in a class action suit? It might be hard because we usually try to hide who we are, and judges will probably ask us to give our names. It might be worth it, however, because if we don't it will make it hard for the them to decide who gets the money. Anyway. if you are interested, write a letter to:

jeffrey (at)

P.S. does anyone know if any of the various Bloc chapters have non-profit status? We might be able to send the money there.

11 Nov 2004
wats up man

your my hero

peace out

love all your song