Should Pepper Spray Be TIME’s Person of the Year?

PepperSpraySlade Sohmer asks at HyperVocal:

What started out as a joke has become an increasingly real proposition: Even though it’s not a “person,” we must now begin to debate whether Pepper Spray should grace TIME’s most discussed cover.

No person, place or thing has come to define the absurdity of 2011 more than the “food product, essentially,” this suddenly ubiquitous lachrymatory agent/chemical weapon.

Pepper spray, essentially, gave birth to the national media’s recognition of the Occupy Wall Street movement when NYPD Deputy Inspector Anthony Bologna cowardly pepper-sprayed some unwitting young women. Without his depraved indifference to the freedom to assemble and the freedom of speech, the national media, and by extension the nation, might never have begun to discuss income inequality in earnest.

The pepper-spraying incidents then moved west: The notoriously corrupt Tulsa police department doused some eyes while evicting the Occupy protesters in that city, then Seattle police sprayed 84-year-old Dorli Rainey as she checked out the protests there. Portland police continued the Pacific Northwest trend, and the instantly iconic image of a young woman taking it in the face went viral …

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  • Calypso_1

    Pizza and peppers are vegetables.  Corporations are people.  People can be persistently vegetative.  Therefore corporate entities are in fact edible, even for vegans, and are recommended by the USDA at 3-5 servings a day.  Eat the corporations. 

    • Anarchy Pony

      I can’t find a single flaw in your logic. Anybody got a fork?

      • BuzzCoastin

        the down side is that they taste like $hit
        smell like $hit
        and rot your guts while digesting them
        however
        they make great compost

        • Calypso_1

          They’ve been feeding us toxins for years so perhaps we’ve developed the proper antibodies. 

          • BuzzCoastin

            > They’ve been feeding us toxins for years

            all the more reason to compost them
            because they are toxic
            let the worms purify the toxins
            bury the smell in the dirt
            and use it to grow pot plants

            i’d rather smoke them composted
            by using them as fertilizer for some nice Purple Haze

          • Anarchy Pony

            I think I know which proposal to back now.

          • Calypso_1

            I find no problem in transmogrifing my projected consciousness into that of the detrivores or brother buzzard as both are worthy totems of regeneration.  As to the reemergent life-cycle, I descry the parting of the universal veil to be more inductive of perceptual plasmogamy.

      • Calypso_1

        I would suggest a knife.

  • Anonymous

    Pizza and peppers are vegetables.  Corporations are people.  People can be persistently vegetative.  Therefore corporate entities are in fact edible, even for vegans, and are recommended by the USDA at 3-5 servings a day.  Eat the corporations. 

  • Anarchy Pony

    I can’t find a single flaw in your logic. Anybody got a fork?

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    the down side is that they taste like $hit
    smell like $hit
    and rot your guts while digesting them
    however
    they make great compost

  • Anonymous

    I would suggest a knife.

  • Anonymous

    They’ve been feeding us toxins for years so perhaps we’ve developed the proper antibodies. 

  • http://buzzcoastin.posterous.com BuzzCoastin

    > They’ve been feeding us toxins for years

    all the more reason to compost them
    because they are toxic
    let the worms purify the toxins
    bury the smell in the dirt
    and use it to grow pot plants

    i’d rather smoke them composted
    by using them as fertilizer for some nice Purple Haze

  • Anarchy Pony

    I think I know which proposal to back now.

  • http://leo00o83.blogspot.com/ leo00o83

    Time is a pretty gross magazine. Gross in terms of the repugnant stench of its corporate shilling voice. Every time I see some article with fancy schmancy pictures about some juicy story from around the globe that doesn’t get any air time, I keep being reminded who paid for / dictated how / approved format of this waste of paper propaganda when I flip the page… oh, look, another ad by Goldman Sachs or some pharmaceutical giant or Chevron/Exxon, gee, what a surprise there… then I go to Vice dot com and get the real stories (see Liberia, North Korean slave camps in Siberia, etc).

  • http://leo00o83.blogspot.com/ leo00o83

    Time is a pretty gross magazine. Gross in terms of the repugnant stench of its corporate shilling voice. Every time I see some article with fancy schmancy pictures about some juicy story from around the globe that doesn’t get any air time, I keep being reminded who paid for / dictated how / approved format of this waste of paper propaganda when I flip the page… oh, look, another ad by Goldman Sachs or some pharmaceutical giant or Chevron/Exxon, gee, what a surprise there… then I go to Vice dot com and get the real stories (see Liberia, North Korean slave camps in Siberia, etc).

  • DeepCough

    The answer is NO: the pepper spray cannot be Person of the Year, because it is just a thing. Now a real interesting idea–how about the first cop to spray protesters with pepper spray, how about we get that guy some exposure so we know who the fuck he is.

  • DeepCough

    The answer is NO: the pepper spray cannot be Person of the Year, because it is just a thing. Now a real interesting idea–how about the first cop to spray protesters with pepper spray, how about we get that guy some exposure so we know who the fuck he is.

  • Anonymous

    I find no problem in transmogrifing my projected conciousness into that of the detrivores or brother buzzard as both are worthy totems of regeneration.  As to the reemergent life-cycle I find the parting of the universal veil to be more inductive of perceptual plasmogamy.   

  • DrDavidKelly

    “It’s a food product, essentially” Goes down as one of the dumbest things said on TV in 2011.

    “Well Jim the bomb we dropped on Hiroshima was essentially just a type of power source we used to light our homes …”

  • Dr K

    “It’s a food product, essentially” Goes down as one of the dumbest things said on TV in 2011.

    “Well Jim the bomb we dropped on Hiroshima was essentially just a type of power source we used to light our homes …”

  • Anon
  • rtb61

    From the country that brought you enhanced interrogation tactics now there is enhanced arrest tactics. Now arrest is part of the punishment cycle, not only assaulted and thrown to the ground but now chemical weapons are used to enforce the message you are guilty of wasting law enforcements time and must be punished, tortured in fact. Law enforcement, bringing home the principle of judge, jury and executioner in the new more profitable corporate state.

  • Anonymous

    From the country that brought you enhanced interrogation tactics now there is enhanced arrest tactics. Now arrest is part of the punishment cycle, not only assaulted and thrown to the ground but now chemical weapons are used to enforce the message you are guilty of wasting law enforcements time and must be punished, tortured in fact. Law enforcement, bringing home the principle of judge, jury and executioner in the new more profitable corporate state.

  • Ghostface

    The multiplication of prohibitions increases the poverty of the people.

    The more implements to add to their profit that the people have, the greater disorder there is in the state.  The more skills that men possess, the more strange contrivances appear.

    The more legislation there is, the more thieves and robbers there are.

    -Lao Zi

  • Ghostface

    The multiplication of prohibitions increases the poverty of the people.

    The more implements to add to their profit that the people have, the greater disorder there is in the state.  The more skills that men possess, the more strange contrivances appear.

    The more legislation there is, the more thieves and robbers there are.

    -Lao Zi

  • Itchyteeth

    Corporations are people, though. 

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