Protesters Critical of Mainstream Media Wear Colorful Costumes to Hijack News Coverage During Republican National Convention
I am pretty sure I captured this scene on Chestnut Street near South Broad Street on the eve of the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia in 2000. I rememeber that it was really hot out. I was still shooting film at that point and was probably using a Nikon F5.
These protesters were dressed up as clowns in an exercise intended to demonstrate that they could easily hijack media coverage simply by looking ridiculous. I never understood if they were suggesting that theatrics could take attention from more serious demonstrations or from the convention itself but I got this picture published with a caption addressing their tactics which would seem to diminish either motive.