The 15 Dumbest, Wackiest, and Laziest Protests of the 2000s


People have been protesting for centuries. And as long as we have free will, people will continue to show their support or opposition against anything from government policies to corporate greed. However, protests in the 2000s are a breed of their own. Sure. People still gather and march, but there have been several new and creative ways of protesting, thanks to the Internet. However, in every really cool protest, there a just as many that are weird, pointless, and lazy.

Keeping that in mind, here are the 15 dumbest, wackiest, and laziest protests of the 2000s:

15. Joan Rivers vs. Costco

In the summer of 2012, Joan Rivers handcuffed herself to a person’s shopping cart at a Costco in Burbank, CA. So what was she protesting? The treatment of Costco employees? Nope. She was protesting the fact that the store wasn’t selling her book.

14. The Topless Women March

In Portland, ME in 2010, some two dozen women marched topless through the streets. The march was to make society “have the same reaction to a woman walking around topless as it does to men without shirts on.” This sounds fair until the organization, Ty McDowell, became “enraged” with the massive amount of men watching the event.

13. The Big Brother Alcohol Protest

Big Brother housemates climbed to the roof of the house in 2009 and demanded “We want drink, more booze, and parties.” They were to get down or be kicked, so the cast did so. However, the protest kept going as the sober people threw objects into the swimming pool.

12. The Sonic 4 Boycott

When the footage of Sonic the Hedgehog 4 was leaked in 2010, fans didn’t like what they saw. So, they decided that they would spend their money elsewhere. Obviously, that would be a rival to Sega, right? Wrong. They thought that it was a great idea to purchase the original Sonic online. I guess they don’t know what a boycott means since they were still giving Sega money.

11. ‘FlashForward’ Fans’ Blackout

It sucks when your favorite TV show gets cancelled. Sometimes, an online petition could save a show, but that wasn’t the case for ABC’s FlashForward. Outraged fans decided to stage a blackout, which entailed them by falling to the ground for 2 minutes and 17 seconds (just like the blackout in the series) in front of ABC offices in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Detroit, Chicago, and London.

10. Starbucks Too Risque

In 2008, Starbucks reintroduced its 1971 logo, which was brown and white and featured a two-tailed mermaid. This outraged a Christian group called The Resistance because “The Starbucks logo has a naked woman on it with her legs spread like a prostitute,” but this wasn’t the first time Starbucks offended them. Previously, the group boycotted the company because Frappuccinos pushed a homosexual agenda.

 9. German Man Sets His Car on Fire

We all hate the expensive cost of gas, but instead of trading in for a more fuel-efficient car or using more public transportation, a German man went to the extreme. In 2008, he decided to protest the high-gas prices by covering his BMW in gas and setting it on fire.

8. Moon the Balloon

About 300 people from Ontario, Canada in 2009 dropped their pants and mooned a balloon with a surveillance camera trolling the Canada-U.S. border. The purpose was to show the United States that they didn’t appreciate being spied on.

7. Farmers Protest Milk Prices

Some 2,500 farmers took to the streets of Brussels to protest falling milk prices. Their main demand was to limit production through quotas to drive up prices, which was not, despite burning hay and tires, blocking roads into the city with tractors, and literally sparing police with milk from a cow’s udder.

6. The Pointless Facebook Protest

Almost everyone was upset about “The New Facebook” when it launched. So what did the Facebook generation do about it? They started a Facebook group that racked up millions of members. Talk about pointless. What would make a bigger impact: People joining a Facebook group to complain about Facebook or those people getting rid of their Facebook accounts?

5. The Tea-Party Protests

The Tea-Party, originally known as Teabaggers, are essentially a misinformed, angry, racist group of people that have problems with spelling. They were always meant to be a political protest that were supported by the Conservative agendas of the Koch Brothers. What’s even worse than those Colonial hats with dangling tea bags is that they helped elect some of the most inept and mentally unstable politicians in American history.

4. The “Vomit-In”

Most of us hate war. Most of us would petition or march against it. Would any of us make ourselves vomit to protest a war? But that’s exactly what anti-war protesters did in 2003. The San Francisco protesters staged such an event because the war in Iraq made them sick.

3. Any PETA Protest

We think that PETA is supposed to protect animals from abuse and consumption, but all we’re really sure about them is that they are excellent at getting coverage. Over the decade, PETA has protested animal cruelty by having celebs pose naked, putting people in cages, dressing up as the KKK, and covering two interns in blood and wrapping them in cellophane to emulate meat packages.

2. Severed Penis

In 2009, a 25-year-old man from Egypt cut off his own penis after his family denied permission for him to marry a woman from a lower class. Despite being rushed to hospital, doctors were unable to reattach the man’s member.

1. Westboro Baptist Church Protests

Honestly, we hate mentioning this group, but we can’t deny that they’ve received a lot of attention for their outrageous protests over the last couple of years. Of course, they became notorious after their despicable and heinous protests during the funeral of soldiers. However, they’ve pretty much protested everything else. They’ve protested a Foo Fighters concert in Kansas City, a Lady GaGa show in St. Louis, Kevin Smith’s film Red State, and even Comic-Con, which gave us some great counter-protesting.

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