V for Vendetta Mask Worn by Occupy Wall Street Protesters

By January 4, 2012 In the News No Comments

The V for Vendetta mask has become a symbol of Occupy Wall Street. If you have wondered why you have seen so many pictures of Occupy Wall Street protesters wearing this creepy white mask, then you need to know its origins and how it came to be the mask worn by the vigilante in V for Vendetta.

The V For Vendetta is a comic and movie about a freedom fighter called “V” who wears a mask to hide his identity, and uses terrorist tactics to insight a revolt against the government.  The mask is based on the likeness of a man named Guy Fawkes who lived in the early 1600s and was part of the Gunpowder Plot of 1605. The plot involved a group of English Catholics who planned to assassinate King James, a protestant, by blowing up The House of Lords with gunpowder and restoring a Catholic Monarch to the throne. Fawkes was in charge of guarding the gunpowder. Authorities were tipped off and captured Fawkes. He was tortured until he broke but rather than be condemned to death, he took his own life.

The original Guy Fawkes mask is based on a design by artist David Lloyd and features a white face with a wide smile, a thin, upturned mustache from cheek to cheek and a thin pointed beard from the lower lip to the bottom of the chin.

Due to is origins and its use in the movie, the mask has come to represent protest in general. Today, the mask is often seen worn by “Occupy” protesters who disapprove of  the nation’s politicians and financial institutions. Wear the V for Vendetta Mask for Halloween along with the V for Vendetta costume, or with your clothes to portray an OWS protester. However, you can purchase the V for Vendetta Mask all year long in support of “Occupy” protests all over the country. You can purchase the mask at Costume SuperCenter for only $6.99