The more recent trend of climate protesters trying to destroy art in all its various forms has become pervasive, especially in Europe. In the last several years, many different videos have chronicled people gluing themselves to paintings, pouring dye into reflecting pools, and storming stages, all in the name of “saving the planet.”
That happened again over the weekend in Sweden after several climate protesters decided to interrupt a dance performance. In the video, you can see what looks like some kind of green powder being thrown into the air while another person holds up a sign.
But it’s what happens next that has caused the clip to go viral. Apparently, the person running the camera boom (this was a televised event) didn’t take too kindly to the imposition.
Climate cultists thought they had sabotaged another beautiful event — then the cameraman had his revenge.
Wait for it 🎥 💥
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) May 29, 2023
If you can’t watch the video, once the protesters storm the stage and interrupt the event, the camera boom comes flying in from the left and just levels the person holding the sign. Security guards then rush in and tackle the other person that was involved. All the while, the dancers keep gracefully sliding across the stage in the background as the music plays. It reminds me of those old chaos memes where there’d be several seemingly unrelated, crazy things going on at once.
I haven’t been able to find out whether any arrests were made, but I’d certainly hope so in regard to the protesters. There’s a reason this stuff largely only happens in Europe. The lack of punishment for desecrating works of art (physical or performing) has incentivized a rise in the kind of vandalism seen in the video. Until people start going to jail for some serious length of time, none of this stops. Unfortunately, because most of the European governments are chief purveyors of climate hysteria, there seems to be a pattern of nonenforcement against those who keep doing this stuff.
Regardless, can someone explain to me exactly who is being convinced by these protests? If it’s the raise awareness, how does raising awareness help if you are angering people in the process? I also doubt that there’s any lack of hearing about climate change going on in Europe given the leaders there make it a top issue of discussion.
That’s the irony of these protests. Most Europeans are likely sympathetic to the idea that climate change is some existential, world-destroying threat. Yet, destroying works of art and making the lives of normal people more difficult (i.e. blocking traffic) is a surefire way to turn public opinion against one’s cause. So what’s the actual strategy here?
Lastly, I’ll just note that we almost never see this stuff done in the United States. There’s a reason for that, and it’s because the kind of immediate justice taken in the above video is all the more common on this side of the pond.