Punk has become a joke. The anti-capitalist movement that once shocked and appalled the public is now deemed passé with those who were a part of it now praising its historical and cultural significance. Luckily Joe Corre, the son of the Sex Pistol’s manager Malcolm McLaren and punk fashion designer Vivienne Westwood, slightly saved the subculture’s legacy this weekend by burning £5million worth of memorabilia on the River Thames.
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The destruction of the items – including original Sex Pistol’s merchandise and dummies of idiot politicians such as David Cameron, George Osbourne and Boris Johnson – coincided with the band’s 40th anniversary of their debut single release. The protest was staged as a defiant response to official plans for the track’s birthday – events such as gigs and exhibitions were due to be thrown by major institutions such as the British Library and the British Film Institute.
Whilst setting fire to the items, Corre explained to the crowd that “punk was never meant to be nostalgic – and you can’t learn how to be one at a Museum of London workshop. Punk has become another marketing tool to sell you something you don’t need. The illusion of an alternative choice. Conformity in another uniform.”
Although some may say that punk is totally dead, this one particular alternative band shot a porno on the Westboro Baptist Church’s lawn, proving that the spirit of the original cause is well and truly alive.