If you’re a fan of the punk movement, then the goings on along the River Thames in London might interest you.
A protest, led by the son of Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren and fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood has seen millions of dollars worth of memorabilia go up in flames, and all because they don’t want the movement’s 40th anniversary celebrated!
Joe Corre was so outraged by Punk London’s plans to mark the occasion of the sub-culture’s birth he set fire to his collection of punk memorabilia, including Sex Pistols posters, said to be worth an estimated $8.4 million.
“Punk was never, never meant to be nostalgic — and you can’t learn how to be one at a Museum of London workshop,” he told onlookers.
“The establishment has decided it is time to celebrate it. It is trying to privatise it, package it, castrate it,” he is quoted as saying. “It’s time to put it all o the fire.”
Effigies of David Cameron, George Osborne and Boris Johnson were also among those items engulfed by flames as part of Corre’s protest boat, which bobbed on the River Thames.
Corre used the platform to encourage people to take action against climate change, which his mother, Vivienne Westwood, supported from dry shores at the back of a green double-decker bus on the river bank.
“This is the first step towards a free world,” Westwood cried out. “It’s the most important thing you could ever do in your life.”
Several fire engines, a fire service boat and police cars attended the protest.