Much anticipation and enthusiastic punditry has accompanied what some are calling the ‘Tecoma revolution’. Moderator of United for Global Change, Samwise Gilda-Coss, has heralded this extraordinary event “the spark that will ignite the second wave of the global revolution”. Parallels have been drawn by a number of pundits with the self-immolation of Mohamad Bouazizi, which “sparked”** the Arab Spring/Indignados/Occupy movement.
Notwithstanding all the enthusiasm, there are some undeniable ambiguities surrounding the ‘No Maccas in the Hills campaign’. Local woman Sandra Beauchamp stated that she was worried about noise and rubbish in the surrounding area. Sandra also highlighted a common sentiment among locals, stating that “A new maccas would lead to a tidal wave of obese bogans from the flatlands”.
“A new maccas would lead to a tidal wave of obese bogans from the flatlands”
A McDonalds spokesperson seized on these comments, labelling Sandra and the Tecoma movement more broadly, in uncharacteristicly direct language, as “fattist, hippy snobs”. Samwise Gilda-Coss hit back immediately claiming that this attack is part of a concerted effort by McDonalds to “fracture the global revolutionary solidarity” inspired by the occupation. Gilda-Coss asserted that the Tecoma “grassroots people”, as they insist on being called, and the “bogan flatlanders” share a common class interest, and “will inevitably unite in a global struggle against the oppressive corporate elite”.
Late last night Frogmento Oliphanto, from the Post-Modern Institute for Meaninglessness entered the fray, diagnosing Gilda-Coss’s statements as “symptomatic of the circumstantial liminality of the neo-revolutionary aesthetic”. His convoluted comments were ignored by all other participants in the debate.
Meanwhile, Tecoma occupiers sang a catchy song, with a melody unintentionally plagiarised from Up there Cazaly.
Social movement are notoriously difficult to predict and perhaps only the forlorn passing of the days will show us if the resilient residents of Tecoma are NIMBYs or NOMPs.
*NIMBYs (Not In My BackYard ) – People opposed to development in their local area
ᶧNOMPs (Not On My Planet ) – People opposed to global injustices
**No disrespect intended to the family and loved ones of a global hero