V For Vendetta Continues At Washington State University

Posted by Grey Sunday, November 14, 2010

"Remember, remember, the fifth of November." It certainly seems that someone is trying to give us yet another reason to remember Guy Fawkes Night.

On the 5th November in 1605, Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested while guarding a hoard of explosives placed beneath the House of Lords in an attempt to assassinate King James I. In celebration of the botched assassination attempt, bonfires were lit across London, prompting the introduction of the Observance of 5th November Act, enforcing an annual public day of thanksgiving for the plot's failure.

In 1982, celebrated writer Alan Moore collaborated with artist David Lloyd to create V for Vendetta, a dark tale exploring a dystopian future in the 1990s where a totalitarian government ruled Britain with an iron fist. The protagonist (arguably an antagonist as well), a mysterious revolutionary wearing the mask of Guy Fawkes who calls himself "V", worked relentlessly take down the authority. A powerful and thought-provoking seminal work, V For Vendetta was adapted into a major Hollywood feature film directed by James McTeigue, from a screenplay by the Wachowski brothers in 2006. While the film adaptation received largely positive reviews, it garnered negative response from Moore himself (and yours truly). Nevertheless, being a complex examination on Anarchism and Fascism, the film carved a deeper place into the general public consciousness, representative of an Anarchistic spirit.

In 2008, "Guy Fawkes masks" were worn by activists during protests against Scientology in London, and many other demonstrations ever since.

And on this year's fifth of November, V struck again, in the form of an anonymous hacker wearing a Guy Fawkes mask, at the Washington State University, by taking over classroom projection screens to broadcast a pre-recorded message somewhat adapted from V For Vendetta.

An anonymous hacker wearing a Guy Fawkes mask took over classroom projection screens at Washington State University on the fifth of November, to broadcast a prerecorded message adapted from V For Vendetta.

An elaborate prank comprising its own website, Facebook page and Twitter hashtag, the nearly four minute video, now posted on YouTube, criticizes the university's IT department while urging student bodies to rise against squirrels on the campus grounds as they does nothing but "eat, drink and breed."

Check out the slightly theatrical speech right after the jump.

Here's the stupendous quote from the alliterative introductory monologue of V in the original comic.

"But on this most auspicious of nights permit me then in lieu of the more commonplace sobriquet to suggest the character of the dramatis persona. Voila! In view a humble vaudevillian veteran cast vicariously as both victim and villain by the vicissitudes of fate. This visage, no mere veneer of vanity is a vestige of the vox populi now vacant, vanished. However, this valorous visitation of a bygone vexation stands vivified and has vowed to vanquish these venal and virulent vermin vanguarding vice and vouchsafing the violently vicious and voracious violation of volition. The only verdict is vengeance, a vendetta held as a votive, not in vain for the value and voracity of such shall one day vindicate the vigilant and the virtuous. Heh heh heh, verily this vichyssoise of verbiage veers most verbose so let me simply add that it is my very good honor to meet you and you may call me V."

- V, "V For Vendetta"

Source: Wired


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