Shoe-Throwing Becomes Leftist Protest Du Jour

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So the members of lefty protest group Code Pink were watching the YouTube of the Iraqi journalist chucking his shoes at shifty George Bush and realized, “OMG, why didn’t we think of that first?” And voila, press release! A forthcoming event!


Please join CODE PINK: Women for Peace, AfterDowningStreet, and this Wednesday, December 17, 2008, in Washington, D.C., at Lafayette Square Park in front of the White House. We will have with us a large supply of shoes labeled with the names of Iraqis who have died in Bush’s war. We encourage you to bring your old shoes as well. Come rally with us in solidarity with the Iraqi people to demand an immediate and complete end to the occupation of Iraq.

Eh, maybe we’ll just donate our old shoes to the Salvation Army — so people can wear them — rather than just throwing them on a lawn. Although if we threw them on a lawn, then George Bush would end the Iraq War immediately… decisions!

Will the shoes even be thrown? It doesn’t say. And would throwing shoes in the general direction of George Bush be considered an insult, or is that only in Arabic culture? Is Dana Perino OK?

This announcement raised many more questions than it answered.

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    Is there any way to push this into an all-out strip-fest?

  • MARCdMan

    I think they shoot you if you throw anything over the fence.

  • NewSpence

    I can’t imagine the creepy foot fetish weirdos who are going to be lurking at the edges of this protest, offering their “support”.

  • Churchill

    I’m broke and need my worn-out shoes to wear. When I get some money I’ll buy new shoes and throw the old ones at Bush or other assorted NeoCons. But in honor of Obama I’ll throw them in a spirit of bipartisanship!

  • Churchill

    [re=199227]WIDTAP[/re]: A Strip-fest; In December???

  • SayItWithWookies

    We encourage you to bring your old shoes as well.
    Well I’ll ask, but I doubt Barbara Bush will even respond.

  • Texan Bulldoggette

    Well, at least they won’t be burning their bras. I mean Cindy Sheehan & her ilk are probably not the type of women you guys want to see topless …. (Right?)

  • ToeCramps

    Give the old shoes to the Salvation Army & forget about these unoriginal, identity challenged retards. Considering Hopey even gets his shoes resoled – he wouldn’t even be involved in this meme. These guys are ass pains waiting to happen.

  • heroinmule

    Can you turn a shoe into a bong? Aging Baby Boomer foot-stink is certain to get you crazy high.

  • One Yield Regular

    [re=199230]NewSpence[/re]: I once met an unapologetic shoe-fetishist at a party in San Francisco. Another guest was describing having recently returned from an adventure in South America where he’d climbed a mountain that was 22,000 feet high. The fetishist, upon hearing this story, exclaimed, “Oh my god – 22,000 feet!? Why, that’s 11,000 pairs of shoes!”

    I sure hope he’s reading this post.

  • bureaucrap

    Does that mean we should start calling all activists “Blahniks”?

  • wheelie

    “We will have with us a large supply of shoes labeled with the names of Iraqis who have died in Bush’s war.”

    Heavy. If I was killed in an unjust war, that’s exactly how I would want to be remembered.

  • dougbob

    Can we send the second shoe to Blagojevich?

  • Fruit Machine

    Why don’t I get to see more of Campbell Brown when I scroll down the page :(

  • elcapitan

    Has anything ever jumped the shark as quickly as this?

  • KilgoreTrout_XL

    “Is Dana Perino OK?”

    She’s looking at the average recovery time we doctors have been seeing for pro-americans who get skull-fucked by Islamic microphones.

    im not a doctor.

  • Monsieur Grumpe&#39

    It’s just another sinister plot by Adidas and Nike. Don’t fall for it people!

  • Dumb Ass

    Pink has not been so cruelly used since it was turned into a catchy Aerosmith tune in the late 1990s. I feel sorry for it. It used to be so lovely and innocent and pure.

  • jagorev

    [re=199251]wheelie[/re]: Yeah, putting their dead relatives on shoes is not going to piss off Iraqis at all. I also hear Code Pink will have some shoes printed with Koranic verses to show their tolerance for Muslims.

    (If word of this protest gets into Al Jazeera, expect suicide bombings against code pink headquarters any day now).

  • sowbelly

    I count this one as a victory in the legacy column. Ducking an unscheduled shoe requires an alertness that was no fluke, as proven by the second shoe. This man is on top of things.

  • dannygutters

    gandhi never threw his sandles at anybody.

  • iwillsavethispatient

    [re=199235]Churchill[/re]: So, you’re saying you need new shoes?
    Let’s learn from this important lesson – if you don’t mind nearly-new shoes, try insulting some Arabs. Starting an unpopular war in the Middle East has already been done, but there must be other things that rile them up. Sing bad karaoke, perhaps? Eventually, everyone will send shoes your way!

  • shortsshortsshorts

    [re=199266]jagorev[/re]: Annihilate them.


    [re=199236]Churchill[/re]: Well, it has be unseasonably warm here in the DC area, but still, point taken.

  • gurukalehuru

    What they need is a catapult.

  • gurukalehuru

    What they need is a catapult. A really good one.

  • TGY

    They have a lot of sole.

  • pattycake

    Well, that’s Shoes for Industry.

  • sevenrepeat

    I’m sorry, I’m too gay to throw one shoe and walk around like a Trig with only one shoe….no matter how un-original the cause is!

  • shortsshortsshorts

    [re=199266]jagorev[/re]: All of them.

  • Cicada

    Jeebus. This is why I can’t stand these people. Hearts in the right place, but thy obviously have waaaaaay too much time on their hands.

    Reading about Code Pink’s protests makes me feel the same way I do when I go to the movies with my mom and she whisper-yells comments about what’s happening on screen.

    Love ya ma, but shut the hell up!

  • sevenrepeat

    ……….and the only name on my shoe will be Prada. Ok, I’m not that gay….or rich. I wear Skechers.

  • Gopherit

    [re=199227]WIDTAP[/re]: Code Pink:Stripfest::Stiletto:my precious eyes

  • Luke Warm

    Oh Code pink, is there an empty political gesture you won’t pass up?

  • mrpuma2u

    I think the White house will respond with a few mortar rounds. A really smelly shoe could be considered a chemical or biological attack. They’ll all be rounded up and sent to Gitmo.

  • Woodwards Friend

    Three questions:

    1. Isn’t this kind of like Wag the Dog when Robert DeNiro got the whole country to feel sorry for brave American hero Ol’ Shoe?

    2. Didn’t we learn this fall that the way to solve our problems is through active engagement in the democratic process as opposed to comically ineffective violence?

    3. Is it sexist to think these broads need to take a Midol and shut up?

  • oregone

    Why is Portland, Oregon mayor-elect Sam Adams in the picture?

  • edgydrifter

    [re=199350]oregone[/re]: I was wondering exactly the same thing. My theory is he’s telepathically forcing James Earl Jones there to give that poor Pinkette the dreaded Reverse Shocker. Her expression kind of says it all.

  • rubybuckaroo

    I am gonna be on the other side of the fence and wait til someone throws my size!
    Who knows maybe I’ll git me a pair from Campbell Brown!

  • WoundedVeteran

    Shoes smooze, the George Man could have caught both shoes in his mouth while blowing twelve Arab wise guys and milking the cocks of the entire Iraqi government. No foul at all.

  • Min

    If they throw high heels, they might be able to get some boomerang action going.

  • MegsOfMegs

    This feels like a delightfully political episode of “Sex and the City”! Oh, what naughty, sexy wackiness will these Code Pink gals get into this week?

  • Texas2Step

    Didn’t somebody tell him the earings come off first, THEN you throw the shoes? He wouldn’t make a very good Drag Queen…..

  • finallyhappy

    No, I won’t go. I have been at a number of protests where I dress like a normal person and have carried a sign with the name of a soldier (who went to my elementary school- years after me) killed early in the war. What the hell is it with grown women wearing pink foam crowns and pink sheets- how does that say something about protesting anything? I think they make women look silly and as a woman of a certain age(OLD), I want the silly stupid women to be on the other side- like Princess Sarah.

  • Scandalabra

    Who is this Campbell Brown chick? I’m getting the feeling that she really likes me./

  • completelyuninformed

    “They aim to show support for Iraqi journalist Muntader al-Zaidi”

    Peace activists endorsing violence? Way to stay on-message.

  • Numbat Dundee

    Back in the days when I went to a lot of demos and didn’t wash as regularly as I should my shoes were…well let’s just say that left-wing shows as missiles could be very potent.

  • glamourdammerung

    Thank you Code Pink for demonstrating that not all petty fools are right-wingers.


  • ladymacbeth

    why is giles from ‘buffy’ at a code pink rally? this suggests the presence of the undead.

  • Mr Blifil

    So from this we learn that far-left ivory tower utopians Code Pink watch teevee too. Originality has never been their strong suit. Note to Code Pink: The guy assailed Bush with the lowest insult Arab men can use toward each other. And he missed from point blank range. I’m pretty sure he wasn’t dreaming that one day Code Pink would ape his antics, taking them completely out of the original sociological context, and distort those antics into tawdry political theatre. So it’s a draw. The reporter probably not real progressive on Code Pink’s core women’s rights agenda. And Code Pink completely blind to the particular meaning of the shoe insult, preferring to appropriate the gesture toward their own ends.


  • S.Luggo

    [re=199290]gurukalehuru[/re]: Cheney will not be responsive unless what is tossed are hobnail boots. Only then he will know that he is lost support of the Waffen SS.

  • S.Luggo

    [re=199549]Mr Blifil[/re]: Yes, damn that Code Pink (“Women against War“), with more balls than you to openly oppose the Iraq War. Such female irrational behavior by Code Pink to be angry at the 4500 dead and 15000+ physically injured in an unjustified war, and Code Pink’s radicalism in search of peace as you send terse notes of annoyance to your congressman and an invitation to tea.

    Wemenz. Whatcha gonna do?

  • MrNeutral

    Perhaps with the name of every dead Iraqi they can also write the name of a 9/11 victim

  • glamourdammerung

    [re=199658]MrNeutral[/re]: Or they could write ingredients to bake tasty cookies. Which has about as much to do with 9/11 as Iraq does.

  • Aloysius

    Hey, isn’t it like an insult or something in the Middle East to hit someone with a shoe? So why would you write someone’s name on the bottome of a shoe?

  • CorkPopper

    [re=199627]S.Luggo[/re]: I like Wemenz, being one of them and all. But Code Pink’s shallowness and lack of moral seriousness (war is bad! genocide is bad! if war can stop genocide…ack, stop, you’re hurting my lady brain!) is embarrassing to all of us. Although I haven’t completely decided whether they’re counterproductive, by making war opponents look ridiculous, or productive, by making the rest of us look rational by comparison.

  • Keram2

    Oh man, why does code pink take everything cool — protesting, the color pink, and now throwing shoes — and make those things uncool?

  • ellwort

    OK. I guess I’ll just stay here and make sarcastic comments. Bush hasn’t been THAT bad, has he? It’s not like he broke the law or set any bad precedents or anything.

  • twirl2

    Goodness, I wish the dozens of snarky commenters here had tried to, say, help the journalist (who still hasn’t been heard from as far as I know). Instead of all this whining that Code Pink isn’t cool enough or young enough or pretty enough or um, moral enough? Yes, they’re being opportunist about the event and the symbol of the shoes – in the interest of protecting this journalist, who’s already been beaten on camera, drawing more attention to the occupation, and yes, ending the war. S.Luggo, check out their website, the recent peace delegation to Iran, and the pinktank for more thoughtful, moral seriousness. It’s there, it’s just much less likely to get covered because many people would rather keep the dialogue on the level of “aren’t those women in pink just WACKY! and old, too!”

  • buzzie

    Yes, yes! Throw shoes at rude salespeople. At road rage drivers (risky). At in-laws nobody likes. It’s really the new thing. And besides, it keeps ya shopping a lot for those new molos and pradas!

  • Shoe Thrower is a site for shoe throwers. In the spirit of the George Bush incident, a place for all who feel the need to throw.