by Clara Bamford
On November 8th, we begrudgingly acknowledged the one-year anniversary of Donald Trump’s election. Naturally, for angry Americans everywhere, this has sparked protests nationwide. Although, they aren’t really protests. In fact, the event has to do less with protesting and more with letting out a collective emotion. The name of the event is “Scream helplessly at the sky on the anniversary of the election.”
Researchers have concluded that using the word “helpless” and the like in advertising for marches makes people less likely to attend. However, this is to make a point about the current state of our democracy. “This administration has attacked everything about what it means to be American. Who wouldn't feel helpless every day? Coming together reminds us that we are not alone, that we are part of an enormous community of activists who are motivated and angry, whose actions can make a difference. Although it is important to acknowledge the tragedy that befell our country on 9 November, we cannot let it defeat us,” said Johanna Schulman, an activist from Boston. Despite the negative word associated with the word “helpless,” nevertheless, over 4,000 people have RSVP’d online to “scream helplessly at the sky” and another 33,000 have shown interest in attending the Boston protest. Similar events have also been planned in Miami, Philadelphia, Dallas, Austin, Los Angeles, New York, Denver, and in Seattle to express rage about our current presidency.
The events have a range of reviews from “Friggin’ fabulous!” to “F***ing stupid.” Donald Trump Jr. was quick to tease the rallies, tweeting, “Solid plan: apparently my 3 year old is consulting for the opposition." He isn’t the only one mocking the protests, however, as the New York demonstration organizers have sarcastically written, “Join us cucks and snowflakes, safe spacers and libtards, as we enjoy a collective cathartic yell into the heavens about our current political establishment.” Lots of people think that the demonstrations will not make a difference at all.“ Their actions may make a difference, to be sure, but perhaps not in the way they are intending. The sight of these unhinged minions binging on bitterness, self-pity, and outrage coming together to collectively howl at the moon is something that will drive more Americans into the arms of Trump.” wrote Debra Heine of PJ Media. Heather Wilhelm of the Chicago Tribune penned,“But this is America, and people can still do pretty much what they want to do, even if it’s a half-baked protest that I guarantee will become really awkward the moment after everyone walks outside and screams for 10 seconds and then looks around in a gigantic, unspoken “OK, now what?”