International Women’s Marches across the globe boasted some very cheeky and memorable sign making. The peaceful protests, a show of solidarity for women’s rights – along with rallying for LGBT, immigration and climate change policies – came days after the US President Donald Trump‘s inauguration.
The global demonstrations were joined by celebrities and public figures alike, who donned colourful home-made visuals, along with music, art and a good sense of humour.
Meanwhile in the UK, Sir Ian McKellen was marching in London and might just have won our vote for the best sign. He happened to pick up the sign as he was marching towards Trafalgar Square and it happens to perfectly capture the mood in the most appropriate of ways.
The Women’s March in London was the longest I have been on. See the rest of my message attached. pic.twitter.com/q7QC4Jvg0S
— Ian McKellen (@IanMcKellen) January 22, 2017
Along with his great sense of humour, McKellen is super passionate about the Women’s March and is a champion for feminism. Taking to Twitter he shared a heartfelt message to the world highlighting the significance of the event.
In it, he said, “President ‘Breaking Wind (Donald Trump) has impacted us all; and personally.”
Check out his full message below:
The Women’s March in London was the longest I have been on. Unlike most demonstrations it was not commandeered by any one group with its identical posters.
The women and their allies had devised their own visual protests, hand-written and improvised at home, expressing their personal reaction to the new President, whose name in schoolyard English means “to break wind” appropriately.
The placard of Sir Patrick, by the way, was not my own — I found it at then end of the March in Trafalgar Square. But there were hundreds of others, including the other three here.
President Breaking Wind has impacted us all; and personally. Some like him, think they can identify with him, believe him because they’ve seen him on television perhaps and think the billionaire and his billionaire team are truly their friends. The rest of us, including the majority of voters in the USA, see through the charade: after all, the schtick is not exactly subtle. But he’s riled us, got under our skin, asking us angry and despairing that he should have got through to the final of his show and turned democracy into a tv/twitter spectacular.
What will happen? No doubt his believers will soon be disillusioned. The rest of us cannot let him reign unchallenged. The Marches today were a good beginning. Some who fear him say “give the man a chance” OK — he’s started by removing LGBTQ people, climate change and state funding of the arts from POTUS’s website. He’s had his chance.