If there’s anything social justice warriors are good at, it’s signaling their virtue to show their friends, their enemies, and everyone else in the world how noble they are.
Jessica Deer, a reporter based in Montreal, bragged about how she and a small group of her friends were out and about in town on Halloween when they ventured into a store to vandalize the costumes on display.
They’d brought with them a whole set of stickers to paste upon the packaged products, ostensibly to shame people from buying costumes and props that depicted instances of cultural appropriation. One of the props seen in the image she shared appears to be nothing more than a plastic pipe. It’s 2016, and white people aren’t supposed to smoke pipes anymore.
By her account, the manager became “really aggressive” when he saw them vandalizing his property and called the police on them. She and her group of friends were promptly arrested and told to come to an agreement with the store to pay for the costumes or be charged with vandalism.
Deer claims that she’s now the owner of $1,503 worth of culturally appropriating costumes—truly a small boon for the costume shop and the company that manufactured them.
She went on to complain about how the manager refused to give her any tax exemption before giving her a lecture on hard work. It’s a concept that any one with the time and money to vandalize private property with printed stickers on a popular holiday would never understand.
The vandal has since been offered financial support from her followers on Twitter, who readily expressed their disgust at the police officers and the store owner for acting against her.
Jessica Deer has taken her story to The Globe and Mail, to complain about “racist and sexist online trolls,” while boasting about her act of vandalism.
“A seed has been planted in the consciousness of more Canadians about cultural appropriation, indigenous representations and identity,” she says, defending her actions.
“While Canadians who wear these costumes often do not have racist or harmful intentions, their actions contribute to a larger issue,” says Deer. “We’re placed in the realm of cavemen, cave trolls and woodland fairies and that affects how society understands the real social, political and economic issues we face.”
“Our campaign is meant to provoke, spark dialogue, foster change, and empower.”
The only thing she succeeded in doing was to empower the store owner by making him $1,503 richer. And if there’s any dialogue to be sparked—can we talk about how stupid the whole concept of “cultural appropriation” is?