Trigger warning for the nostalgic types out there. The son of Joe Corre, the son of Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McLaren set fire to approximately £5 Million (valued at about $8.4 million CAD) in memorabilia this weekend in protest.
Standing on a barge on the River Thames in London, Saturday afternoon, Corre was protesting the commercialization of Punk, calling it a “McDonald’s brand, owned by the state, establishment and corporations.” It was also a protest of the anniversary of the 40th anniversary of “Anarchy In The UK”.
“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 the onlooking crowd through a speakerphone. “It’s time we threw it all on the fire and started again” he said before setting ablaze to irreplaceable Punk history items.
Among torched memorabilia of mostly clothes, posters, and an original copy of “Anarchy In The U.K” were effigies of British politicians including David Cameron, Theresa May, and George Osborne.
“Punk has become another marketing tool to sell you something you don’t need. The illusion of an alternative choice. Conformity in another uniform,” he said.
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