Despite all the advancements we've made in communication technology, it seems good ol' fashioned protests remain civilization's favorite way of expressing disdain. A hashtag can't replace an enraged chant. A Facebook status is no match for a hundred picket signs. And while a YouTube comments section may attract the same number of Nazis as a Nazi march, one of them is a lot easier to ignore.
The main thing protests and social media have in common, though, is how easily they can blow up in everyone's faces. Whether it's from a lack of foresight, a lack of common sense, or a ridiculous cause to begin with, it doesn't take much to cause a protest to implode hilariously. Here are some that did:
Anti-Gay-Marriage Group Protests In The Least Heterosexual Way Possible
When you picture an anti-gay-marriage protest, you probably picture angry people passing along angry messages from their angry God. Or maybe you're picturing an alliance of cake decorators who refuse to compromise their butch art by trying to match fondant with two groom figures (there simply isn't enough contrast to make the icing pop!). Whatever anti-gay protest you're picturing, you almost certainly weren't picturing something this shirtlessly homoerotic:
"How does the hand-holding help our position again? Because this seems self-defeating."
To give some context: France legalized same-sex marriage in 2013, and there has been more opposition than one might expect. Groups like Hommen and La Manif Pour Tous (The Protest For Everyone) regularly demonstrate with tens of thousands of supporters against the equal rights of gay citizens. Hommen is a direct response to the Ukrainian feminist organization Femen, which is known for writing slogans on their bare chests to garner more attention for their message. Likewise, the boys in Hommen like to write messages about how terrible gay people are ... on their own exposed, luscious abs. While ... sometimes wearing masquerade masks, homemade ball gags, and exceptionally colorful pants.
If you think that sends a bit of a mixed message about the group's feelings toward the gay community, allow us to introduce you to La Manif Pour Tous, arguably the largest and most popular group of "traditional marriage" crusaders in France.
La Manif Pour Tous Facebook, via The Wire
"Protest traditional marriage? Shit, we thought you said, 'Mostest sensational man bridge.'"
That's them, perched atop each other's shoulders as if a horny billionaire said, "Bring me a dick the size of four men. No, a dick made of four men." That photo, along with the dozens of others featuring equally homoerotic horseplay, is intended to promote traditional family values. Maybe by seducing men away from their husbands? By setting the bar of homoeroticism so high all gays give up? Is it a culture gap? Can the message behind a stack of shirtless men in pink shorts really change so much over a single ocean?
Apparently, flagdick is also culturally specific.