The hacking group that trades under the name of Anonymous has adopted a very-British mask to represent their struggle against capitalism and the establishment in general. But David Lloyd, the man who created the V For Vendetta graphic novel with Alan Moore, is happy with its newfound usage.
You'd forgive him for feeling a little narked about how the image has been used, but considering Lloyd himself drew inspiration from Guy Fawkes, it's not much of a leg he has to stand on. In an interview with PostDesk, Lloyd said the mask is an "universal symbol of resistance to any group opposing any perceived tyranny," adding that sadly, "there is no shortage of tyrannical powers to express opposition to in this world."
The mask, which was initially handed out at screenings and used to publicise the V For Vendetta film when it came out in 2006, actually earns one of the biggest companies, Warner Bros, royalties with every mask bought by the protestors and hackers. Lloyd says that while Warner profiting from the anti-establishment movement has a "degree of irony," he believes "it’s hardly an issue."
With numerous Occupy protests having sprung up around the world in recent weeks, its supporters bearing Lloyd's mask, it's a face that's often plastered across our newspapers and news channels. And with Halloween tonight, don't be surprised if you see Julian Assange leering out at you from behind his mask on your way home from work. [PostDesk]
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