TRENDSETTERS  4:23 pm December 15, 2008

Shoe-Throwing Becomes Leftist Protest Du Jour

by Jim Newell

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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WIDTAP December 15, 2008 at 4:26 pm

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

MARCdMan December 15, 2008 at 4:26 pm

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

NewSpence December 15, 2008 at 4:27 pm

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 December 15, 2008 at 4:31 pm

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 December 15, 2008 at 4:32 pm

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

SayItWithWookies December 15, 2008 at 4:33 pm

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

Texan Bulldoggette December 15, 2008 at 4:34 pm

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 December 15, 2008 at 4:37 pm

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 December 15, 2008 at 4:40 pm

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

One Yield Regular December 15, 2008 at 4:40 pm

[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 December 15, 2008 at 4:42 pm

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

wheelie December 15, 2008 at 4:42 pm

“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 December 15, 2008 at 4:43 pm

Can we send the second shoe to Blagojevich?

Fruit Machine December 15, 2008 at 4:44 pm

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

elcapitan December 15, 2008 at 4:45 pm

Has anything ever jumped the shark as quickly as this?

KilgoreTrout_XL December 15, 2008 at 4:46 pm

“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' December 15, 2008 at 4:50 pm

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

Dumb Ass December 15, 2008 at 4:51 pm

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 December 15, 2008 at 4:51 pm

[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 December 15, 2008 at 4:54 pm

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 December 15, 2008 at 4:55 pm

gandhi never threw his sandles at anybody.

iwillsavethispatient December 15, 2008 at 4:57 pm

[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 December 15, 2008 at 5:01 pm

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

WIDTAP December 15, 2008 at 5:02 pm

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

gurukalehuru December 15, 2008 at 5:04 pm

What they need is a catapult.

gurukalehuru December 15, 2008 at 5:05 pm

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

TGY December 15, 2008 at 5:07 pm

They have a lot of sole.

pattycake December 15, 2008 at 5:08 pm

Well, that’s Shoes for Industry.

sevenrepeat December 15, 2008 at 5:16 pm

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 December 15, 2008 at 5:19 pm

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

Cicada December 15, 2008 at 5:21 pm

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 December 15, 2008 at 5:29 pm

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

Gopherit December 15, 2008 at 5:35 pm

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

Luke Warm December 15, 2008 at 5:40 pm

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

mrpuma2u December 15, 2008 at 5:41 pm

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 December 15, 2008 at 5:44 pm

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 December 15, 2008 at 5:47 pm

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

edgydrifter December 15, 2008 at 6:08 pm

[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 December 15, 2008 at 6:23 pm

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 December 15, 2008 at 6:35 pm

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 December 15, 2008 at 6:42 pm

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

MegsOfMegs December 15, 2008 at 6:52 pm

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 December 15, 2008 at 6:54 pm

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 December 15, 2008 at 7:04 pm

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 December 15, 2008 at 7:29 pm

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

completelyuninformed December 15, 2008 at 7:48 pm

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

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

Numbat Dundee December 15, 2008 at 8:18 pm

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 December 15, 2008 at 8:58 pm

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


ladymacbeth December 15, 2008 at 9:01 pm

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

Mr Blifil December 15, 2008 at 10:37 pm

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 December 16, 2008 at 1:02 am

[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 December 16, 2008 at 2:01 am

[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 December 16, 2008 at 8:05 am

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

glamourdammerung December 16, 2008 at 9:14 am

[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 December 16, 2008 at 9:50 am

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 December 16, 2008 at 12:03 pm

[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 December 16, 2008 at 1:20 pm

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

ellwort December 16, 2008 at 2:34 pm

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 December 17, 2008 at 1:53 pm

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 December 17, 2008 at 9:48 pm

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 January 24, 2009 at 4:01 pm is a site for shoe throwers. In the spirit of the George Bush incident, a place for all who feel the need to throw.

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