There is an ad on Craigslist seeking "actors" to protest the Lenin statue today at 6 p.m.. If you do this performance, which requires you to bring "your own costume and props" like 'USA flag shirts, 'MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN' baseball or trucker hats, Gadsden flags, gun rights tees, hand-written signs, tiki torches, etc," you will get 50 bucks. I'm also guessing you have to be white to play these pro-Trump and neo-Nazi roles. ]
Thinking all of this to be a joke (the tiki torches being a bit much), I called the number on the ad and it sent me directly to a message machine for Alex Jones' InfoWars. Also the person named on the ad is Mikael Thalen, which is also the name for a writer for InfoWars.
From the ad:
Meet at the Lenin Statue in Seattle's Fremont district (3526 Fremont Pl N, Seattle, WA 98103) at 6pm on Saturday, August 19, and protest the statue, Marxism, communism, Hillary's emails, etc. IMPORTANT: We will not be portraying this as staged, so remaining in character the entire time is essential.If this is a joke, it's not funny and it really could cause big trouble in quirky Fremont tonight. And, yes, the Lenin statue in its current context is not about Marxism or Communism but sheer quirkiness; and my criticisms of this kind of thing can be read in my piece on the horrible architecture of the Beacon Hill Library.
UPDATE: Mikael Thalen of InfoWars contacted me and stated he did not post that ad on Craigslist. He says it is a hoax. You will not get paid if you protest the Lenin statue tonight with a tiki torch.