Performance Art as Protest

Performance Art as Protest

Yesterday, Laura Loomer decided to protest her permanent ban from Twitter by handcuffing herself to the front doors of Twitter’s New York office. The entire event was livestreamed on Twitter – the very platform that banned her.

The responses to this protest were mixed. Folks on both sides of the political spectrum mocked her. But there were also many who were thunderously supportive of what Loomer did.

No matter which side of the argument you fall on, you can’t deny it was effective. “Laura Loomer” became the number one trending topic on Twitter.

And while she might have looked crazy to some, I’m thinking she was crazy like a fox.

I said last week that I’m not a big fan of Laura Loomer’s tactics. I see her less as a journalist and more as a performance artist.

And yesterday’s protest was definitely performance art.

But to quote Seinfeld, “not that there’s anything wrong with that.”

Not only did Loomer become the number one trend on the very platform that banned her, but she also trended in searches:

But despite the viral response to her protest, the usual suspects among conservative Twitter tsk-tsked themselves silly over Loomer’s performance art.

Most of them were outraged over her choosing to wear a yellow Star of David.

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Yeah, I get it. I do. And part of me agrees. Frankly, I’m sick and tired of all these comparisons to Hitler and the Nazis.

And being permanently suspended from Twitter isn’t on par with what the Nazis did to the Jews.

It’s, to put it mildly, over the top.

But then again, performance art is always over the top.

Be embarrassed for Loomer all you want, Kyle. But something tells me your embarrassment on her behalf doesn’t even register on her radar.

Then again, it isn’t Loomer he’s embarrassed for.

Those on Twitter who are horrified by her performance art are more afraid that the mockery Loomer is receiving might splash back on them.

Which Kyle kind of admitted.

But the beautiful thing about freedom of speech is I can defend your freedom of speech without necessarily agreeing with what you say or the method you use to say it.

Now, I do agree with Loomer’s message. But, unlike Laura Loomer, I would never utilize performance art as protest.

But that’s just me. I’m too much of an introvert to handcuff myself to a building while tons of people filmed me. I would no more do that than walk naked down the street.

But that doesn’t mean I can’t see the benefit of using performance art as protest.

And let’s face it; it has its benefits. Specifically, performance art can get people talking.

And despite Kyle’s misgivings and embarrassment, Loomer clearly succeeded because even he spent quite a bit of time tweeting about what she was doing.

Oh, bless his heart.

Yes, let’s have Jack sit down behind closed doors with Ben Shapiro and discuss. Heaven forbid we alienate Twitter executives.

I suspect Loomer didn’t do this to get her Twitter account back. I think her objective was to expose Twitter’s double-standards and completely subjective, capricious “hate speech” rules.

And boy, howdy, did she expose them.

Loomer also read out loud all the Trump assassination tweets from accounts Twitter hasn’t seen the need to suspend.

So while wearing a Star of David was probably not the best idea, you can’t deny that Loomer made the most of the platform she seized with her performance art protest.

You don’t become the number one trending topic on Twitter if nobody is paying attention.

While not every conservative would resort to performance art to advance a message, it certainly doesn’t mean the use of performance art as protest is ineffective.

Again, she became the number one trending topic in the US and the number two trending topic worldwide.

Clearly Kyle is wrong. It was very effective.

And I’m sorry to pick on Kyle. He’s just a kid. And he certainly wasn’t the only one making these criticisms of Loomer.

But his tweets best encapsulate the heart of the criticisms against her.

Frankly this notion that she shouldn’t have done it because it makes us all look bad is dippy.

Maybe it’s just me. I don’t spend an awful lot of time worrying about what other people think of me. And, frankly, the people at Twitter lump us all together whether we like it or not.

Do you think they see a difference between Ben Shapiro and Laura Loomer?

They don’t. Twitter, like all Leftists, views everyone to the right of Saul Alinsky as being equally evil.

So if Laura Loomer wants to stage a bit of performance art outside of the Twitter NY headquarters, why shouldn’t she? She is under no obligation to run it past every conservative on Twitter before she does it.

Sure, when I first heard about it, I rolled my eyes and thought, “Ugh. Loomer’s being a drama queen again.”

But that’s her shtick. Her entire method is one part journalism, five parts performance art.

Sometimes she nails it and sometimes she misses the mark.

And I think yesterday Loomer nailed it.

She did far more to shine a Klieg light on Big Tech’s purge of conservative voices than any intellectual think-piece at National Review could ever do.

She put herself right in the line of fire.

Loomer opened herself up to ridicule, mockery, disdain and insults — from both sides mind you — and she held her ground.

It’s easy to sniff at what Laura Loomer did from the comfort of an echo chamber.

But to step outside of that echo chamber and place yourself in the midst of those who hate you takes an enormous set of cajones.

So give the girl her due.

She succeeded at calling attention to social media’s ideological purge – not to mention the cringing cowardice of many on the right.

And for that, I applaud her.

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3 thoughts on “Performance Art as Protest

  • November 30, 2018 at 12:58 pm
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    ““Oh my God, Laura Loomer makes us look bad. We must reason with the Left with articles and…”

    Shut up nerd”

    OK That’s Tweet of the week for me. lol!

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  • November 30, 2018 at 9:13 pm
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    Mazel Tov!

    Kyle is either a liar or meshugana!

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  • December 1, 2018 at 1:19 am
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    “She succeeded at calling attention to social media’s ideological purge – not to mention the cringing cowardice of many on the right.”

    Easy peasy to agreesy

    ..

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