Why are Extinction Rebellion so into White Face?

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

So much white…


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Brian Valentine
October 14, 2019 6:19 pm

Because it’s “whitey” telling Mister Dark Man how to behave and “what’s good for him,” because it is “Science” based.

Like Eugenics. Victims of eugenics simply didn’t realize that whitey was doing it for their own good.

TG McCoy
Reply to  Brian Valentine
October 14, 2019 7:12 pm

Cousin on my Native side was sterilized for the Crime of;”Fertile while native.”
So that Eugenics thing hasn’t gone away. You have said what i’ve said for years..

Reply to  Brian Valentine
October 15, 2019 12:51 am

Hello Brian Valentine

I think you’re right on! with your racism comment
Here are some thoughts on that issue
though not as concise as yours


Hot under the collar
Reply to  Brian Valentine
October 15, 2019 6:29 am

It’s so they can scare the bejesus out of people of colour as whitey preaches to African Nations about not being allowed to develop.

They’re also wearing Red because White hoods are not very politically correct.

Reply to  Brian Valentine
October 15, 2019 1:30 pm

I doubt the racism angle, although it is amusing. They are playing Death or Harbingers of Death, telling us that we are all going to die if we do not live the way they want us to.

The key thing to understand, IMHO, is that to be a demonstrator is to party, while all the while feeling morally superior. As a foolish youth in the late 60’s I was at some of the big anti-war demonstrations. Everybody was jovial, having a good time marching about, and then in the evenings it was Sex, Drugs, and Rock-n-Roll. Yet if you asked us later, it was all earnestness and dogooding, personal sacrifice, and “fighting against the war in Vietnam”. We were phonies. It took me a year or two to fully grok this, as we used to say, and then I moved on.

The climate alarmists are as sincere as they are capable of, which may not be much, but not deep or critical in their thinking. Some of them may catch on as the climate continues to at most warm slowly, as it has been since the 1700’s.

Peter D
Reply to  kwinterkorn
October 15, 2019 5:31 pm

I live in coal mining country on Queensland Australia. The protestors are openly racist here. Chinese coal mines do not attract protests. Mines owned by whites are tolerated.
However, there are violent and nasty protests against Indian companies. Black traditional land owners, who want jobs and training for there kids are either ignored or insulted.
The MSM do not call them out.

October 14, 2019 6:21 pm

Probably because it’s getting closer to Halloween. I wonder how many trick or treater I’ll get who are dressed up as pro extinction nutjobs.

Reply to  co2isnotevil
October 14, 2019 6:37 pm

Hmm. Should I buy a case of Gorilla Glue to hand out?

Doug Huffman
Reply to  Writing Observer
October 15, 2019 4:41 am

GG is urethane glue and slooow. Use super-stupid glue.

October 14, 2019 6:24 pm

Because they’re mimes? Mimes trapped in a glass box of their own limited imaginations. Trapped by their own “settled” beliefs.

Reply to  Kenji
October 14, 2019 8:30 pm

Yes, this is a problem of mimes, a poor player. We shouldn’t normalize diversity (i.e. color judgment), whether its white face, black face, male, female, etc.

Richard of NZ
Reply to  Kenji
October 15, 2019 3:38 am

Perhaps because they have so little of reality to say it is best mimed.

Reply to  Kenji
October 15, 2019 7:22 am

A mime is a terrible thing to waste.

D. J. Hawkins
Reply to  MarkW
October 15, 2019 10:09 am

It depends on how much ammo you have.

Russ Wood
Reply to  Kenji
October 16, 2019 9:30 am

Then treat the ‘mimes’ as did Terry Pratchett’s Patrician of Ankh-Morpork. Hang ’em upside down in a scorpion pit with a sign on the wall: “Learn the words!”.

October 14, 2019 6:26 pm

Two of our students were called out on the carpet and suspended by the Dean for Halloween costumes which featured black-face Al Jolson-style make-up a number of years before I retired. Fortunately for these individuals, there is no accountability for their theatrics, yet.

Reply to  Pop Piasa
October 14, 2019 7:31 pm

Speaking of no-accountability types, Jane Fonda won’t need much clown-white to look like a deer in the headlights these days.

Reply to  Pop Piasa
October 14, 2019 8:34 pm

White and tight. Can you tell she has the same plastic surgeon as Cher?

Reply to  Scissor
October 15, 2019 5:22 am

not looking at where her braless bits are..no

Reply to  Pop Piasa
October 16, 2019 12:30 am

What would the Dean have done if it was a person of colour in a white face?

October 14, 2019 6:28 pm

Perhaps they should protest real extinction, you know like wars?

Reply to  John
October 14, 2019 7:58 pm

Or unnecessary deaths from inadequately heated houses.

Mary White
Reply to  John
October 16, 2019 4:08 am

Yes! Where are all the war protesters when they’re needed? I guess grandparents and great-grands don’t care.

Pat Frank
October 14, 2019 6:29 pm

Life it too easy for these people.

So they look to clownish obsessions to bring existential meaning into their lives.

Reply to  Pat Frank
October 14, 2019 8:15 pm

Or any sort of meaning to their lives.

Reply to  Pat Frank
October 15, 2019 4:49 am

Pat there is some semblance Of truth to your comment. Each new generations lives get easier and easier as human beings thrive. Idle free time can be both a blessing and a curse.

Reply to  Derg
October 15, 2019 5:07 pm

Civilization is not a Darwinian survival trait.

October 14, 2019 6:36 pm

Because they are zombies

Reply to  Mike
October 15, 2019 2:14 am

Since when do Zombies have white faces, they are usually depicted as grotesque with blood?

October 14, 2019 6:38 pm

Very well put, Brian. Thank you. Fully agree.

I am composing a post on this subject. It should be ready sometime this afternoon Thailand time. Will write again then and leave the link here for you.

October 14, 2019 6:40 pm

Don’t worry they’re recruiting token black and brown protesters as we speak.
Next ER protest will focus on ‘diversity’.
Unfortunately blacks prefer alcohol to dope so recruiting right now is a tad frustrating for ER management . . .

Reply to  Warren
October 14, 2019 7:42 pm

Just throw buckets of blood over them. It’s very clear they desperately want to be red.

October 14, 2019 6:41 pm

They didn’t get the Jonestown Kool-Aid recipe quite right, hence all the white faces and green vomit.

October 14, 2019 6:44 pm

So they’re trying to engage in performance art or something? And they have no idea what they’re doing, but they do look ridiculous. The red costumes are interesting: herd mentality personified. Same with the other stuff: they can’t act alone, but must be part of a herd of some kind.

Now, if you have a moment, what is the psychology behind being part of a herd????

Mike Lowe
Reply to  Sara
October 14, 2019 7:01 pm

Herd? Shouldn’t it be flock?

Greg Cavanagh
Reply to  Sara
October 14, 2019 7:33 pm

Re the red costumes. They are either left over art class costumes, or somebody has gone to a lot of effort to make them. They are detailed and intricate, and a good quality material by the looks too.

Reply to  Sara
October 14, 2019 8:56 pm

Early men hunted in packs, forming a long line, then encircling an area and closing the gap to entrap game. This required coordinated movement by everyone along the circle, but such coordination is instinctual. The key was that everyone had to move at the speed of the slowest member of the pack. Similarly, modern mobs have an IQ equal to that of the stupidest member. This is built into us by generations of evolution.

Clarky of Oz
Reply to  jorgekafkazar
October 15, 2019 1:21 am

I think you have to divide the lowest IQ by the number in the group.

Peter Wilson
October 14, 2019 6:45 pm

If these clowns were to put on dark makeup, they would be accused of blackface, and assumed to be racists. So how is this OK?

Reply to  Peter Wilson
October 14, 2019 11:07 pm

Few people complained [ though might have wondered wtf ?] when Michael Jackson went whiteface

Crispin in Waterloo but really in Beijing
Reply to  Peter Wilson
October 15, 2019 2:20 am

Apparently it is called cultural appropriation. So much for performing Shakespeare’s Othello.

Well have a Gentile merchant of Venice. Harold Smith and Juliette, if performed in London. As Jordan Peterson points out, they can never go too far.

John Endicott
Reply to  Crispin in Waterloo but really in Beijing
October 15, 2019 5:17 am

Not inclusive enough Crispin. It’ll be Hariett and Juliette or Romeo and John. Need to include the LGBTQ+XYZ123!$&

Irritable Bill
October 14, 2019 6:49 pm

Mikes hit the nail on the head, they are a mindless collective of infantile fools who like to watch zombie movies and only needed an excuse to don the zombie makeup and play with the other childish cretins.
I say its time to get the chainsaws out and complete their zombie movie fantasy with blood and guts flying everywhere.

October 14, 2019 6:51 pm

Its all to do with science, paint your face white and you reflect more of the sun’s rays back into space, bit like painting the roads and roofs all white to save the planet!

Patrick MJD
October 14, 2019 7:09 pm

One man’s opinion about XR…


He sums them up pretty well IMO.

Reply to  Patrick MJD
October 15, 2019 5:47 am

hey Patrick, thanks for that link
hes bookmarked and shared

over at Iceagenow.com the full list of names for the NOT a climate emergency list is posted
75 brave Aussies spoke up
now lets see how many cop flack firing demoting for doing so
Peter Ridd may soon have companions in his fight

Joel O'Bryan
October 14, 2019 7:38 pm

We must encourage more of this behavior from the climate insane.
It both helps to recognize them and for the sane middle to realize how lunatic fringe this Leftist movement is.
Unlike the SciFi movies, you won’t need special glasses to see these idiots walking among us if they continue on with this behavior.
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So please XR, carry on.

Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
October 14, 2019 7:52 pm

Precisely. Never interrupt your enemy while he’s making a mistake. I thought we saw plenty of dancing idiots at Woodstock. Maybe the drug-taking was the same, but now it’s all about hate. It’s amazing how young generations can convince themselves to act in a degrading manner and think opposite.


Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
October 14, 2019 8:13 pm

Anyone else catch this gem?

Sending positive vibes to my partner who’s been arrested during today’s #ExtinctionRebellion protest in London. Looks like he’ll be spending the night in a police cell. Just for the record, he’s not an ‘uncooperative crusty’, whatever that means, he’s a #UEA professor.

John Endicott
Reply to  philincalifornia
October 15, 2019 5:14 am

he’s not an ‘uncooperative crusty’, whatever that means, he’s a #UEA professor

what’s the difference?

Gunga Din
Reply to  Joel O'Bryan
October 15, 2019 3:26 pm

Come to think of it, I don’t recall the Lew or Mann or AlGore wearing sunglasses.
Maybe they need a pair?
Or maybe just the “97%” need to grow a pair?

Bruce Cobb
October 14, 2019 7:48 pm

They probably are attempting to imitate kabuki theater, because it’s “cool” I guess, or maybe there’s some deeper meaning. Whatever. They’re total idiots, so who cares?

Reply to  Bruce Cobb
October 17, 2019 4:18 pm

Cobb Maybe it’s subconscious awareness that what they’re doing is not genuine protest – it’s just theatre.

Craig from Oz
October 14, 2019 8:26 pm

Related – Margaret Atwood, an author made successful for taking existing progressive attitudes towards childbirth and family* and blaming them on evil Right Wing Extremists, was recently announced as joint winner of the Booker Prize.

Ya, if you are into that sort of thing.

As part of an Instragram post reporting on this there was a photo of young Margaret gleefully pressing a XR badge against her head.

There you go. Make of it what you will.

* The Handmaiden’s Tale is about women being forced into becoming surrogate mothers for the important people. In the real world surrogate mothers are considered perfectly acceptable, not just for people who for medical reasons cannot give birth, but also for couples who for personal reasons want children without the annoyance involved. This is progressive, apparently, and allows women the ‘choice’ of how they use and see their own bodies. Apparently.

So in the real world it is pro choice and good. In Atwood’s land it is middle aged right wing white men and bad. Also Christians, because Atwood wanted to have the bad people religiously justified in their actions but couldn’t think of any real world religion that treats women as third rate citizens. Christianity it is then.

Reply to  Craig from Oz
October 14, 2019 8:44 pm

Rent a womb for professionals, couplets, etc. Sperm banks for professionals, couplets, etc. There has been tremendous progress.

And, the first choice: abstinence. The second choice: prevention. The third choice: adoption. The fourth choice: compassion. The nth choice, Pro-Choice: the wicked solution. Clinical cannibalism if the parts are profitable. Of course, there are edge cases: rape or perhaps rape-rape, which is why women are advised to manage risk, and both women and men are advised to pursue responsible relationships. Normalize behaviors with redeeming value to humanity, society, and the individual. Tolerate what can be tolerated. Reject what’s left.

Reply to  Craig from Oz
October 15, 2019 2:00 am

Margaret Atwood is one of the authors of the real extinction rebellion. For some time the birth rate in Canada and other developed nations has not been at replacement which causes the economists in those countries to promote the importation of competitive labour from more fecund countries. In particularly logic challenged jurisdictions like Quebec, abortion is commonly used as birth control (https://torontosun.com/2014/05/15/sky-high-quebec-abortion-rates-worry-researchers/wcm/614c17e6-dcf8-4e13-9051-5fc2e70d58a8). Female sterility is on the rise in developed nations due in part to delayed parenthood and the rise in STDs like chlamydia (https://www.cdc.gov/std/infertility/default.htm). Male fertility is declining likely in part due to environmental oestrogen including that derived from birth control pills. How ironic that in Margaret Atwood’s world (mind?) men are the cause of the story relevant problems while in the real world some of the biggest problems related to the reproduction crisis are arguably a direct result of feminist policy. An extinction that really warrants rebellion?

October 14, 2019 9:39 pm

A little O/T, but the federal Labor Party (the Opposition) in Australia has just announced:
“Opposition’s climate spokesman Mark Butler told colleagues during a caucus meeting on Tuesday morning he would lodge a motion for debate in Parliament declaring the climate emergency.” (ref: The Sydney Morning Herald, 15 Oct 2019).

As I understand it, this matter is important because I have seen several recent reports where climate activists have successfully used the legal defence of ‘necessity’ to avoid guilt for various crimes committed whilst agitating about ‘climate change’, based on the existance of some kind of official ’emergency’ that necessitates citizens breaking one or more laws in reponse to the so-called ’emergency’.

I immediately wrote to my federal MP in the Morrison government to alert him to this nefarious plan, and to urge him and his party to strongly oppose the declaration of such an ’emergency’ at every level of our government.

Patrick MJD
Reply to  BoyfromTottenham
October 14, 2019 10:36 pm

Read the number of comments (Yes, I know a biased moderation team at the SMH) in support of this new call.

Reply to  Patrick MJD
October 14, 2019 10:45 pm

Thanks, Patrick. Unfortunately the comments are paywalled – I only saw the headline. I rarely read the SMH – it is sooo Left-wing (and its readers as well) that it leaves a bad taste in my mouth. But I sincerely hope that our PM understands the trick they are trying to pull and knocks it flat.

Andy Mansell
Reply to  BoyfromTottenham
October 15, 2019 12:02 am

Soooo…..if I get caught doing 150+MPH on the motorway, (not that I’d DREAM of doing anything so evil….), all I have to tell the police is that it’s OK to break the law because I have to get home, like, now and murder my children because, you know, climate change and hey presto! Scott free! It’s worth thinking about….

Patrick MJD
Reply to  Andy Mansell
October 15, 2019 5:57 am

I wished I had that excuse in 1994 when I got pinged on the M4 just before Newbury at 101MPH. Yes, the cops thought I stolen the car.

October 14, 2019 10:50 pm

It’s interesting that one of the countries that reports very high temperatures in the summer is India. Nevertheless, as reported on WUWT, India looks as if it will be expanding its coal production by nearly 50% to meet energy requirements. Evidently they don’t believe the CO2 climate driver story. Actions say more than professions of belief.

Reply to  Miha
October 15, 2019 1:25 am

Yes, it is apparent that no-one outside the Anglo Saxon countries, Scandinavia and Germany believes in CAGW.

And even in those countries, we have lots of claims to believe, lots of intolerance for any expressions of skepticism…. but very little policy action of the kind that, if those claiming to believe were genuine, they would consider urgent and essential.

This is probably the single most important observation to take into account when analyzing the climate movement in the West.

What requires explanation is why the movement demands actions which it predicts will have no effect on the problem, while refusing to advocate actions which according to its own theories are urgently necessary and would be effective.

Why, for instance, do we want to cover the North Sea with wind turbines, rather than abolish the ICE automobile? Why do we want to reduce emissions in countries only accounting for a small percentage of them, and where its shrinking as a percentage, and declining in abosolute terms, while refusing to demand that countries which are a huge percentage of global emissions, and rising, make any reductions?

Get specific. Why is it that it was so important to demolish Didcot coal fired power station in the UK, when China has several hundred Didcots installed right now, and is planning on installing several hundred more?

October 15, 2019 12:24 am

Strikes me they’ve been watching too much Game of Thrones – they look like the Red Witch – mixed up with the Walking Dead and the Handmaid’s Tale. Sad sacks sucked into popular fantasy culture.

Reply to  Harps
October 15, 2019 5:15 am

Not sure what this XR guy’s been watching


Hokey Schtick
October 15, 2019 12:45 am

When ignorance meets self-righteousness, this is the result.

Rod Evans
October 15, 2019 1:07 am

We don’t often find positives in the oncoming winter but this year, we will be celebrating the ever deeper snow and extended cold expected and forecast. The chance of these XR types demonstrating in minus deg F temps is zero. On the down side, the forecast was put out by NASA, so it might just have been made up data….

Kenan Meyer
October 15, 2019 1:31 am

Haven’t seen any of these zombies on Tiananmen Square in Bejing. Even though there’s megatons of climate agitation required in China.

Ed Zuiderwijk
October 15, 2019 2:04 am

Because they are so stupid that they don’t even know they are.

October 15, 2019 2:17 am

Peter Hitchens writes:

I have yet to get one of them to respond to this simple point. We recently closed and demolished Didcot ‘A’ coal-fired power station, an efficient, reasonably modern plant with a generating capacity of about 1.44 gigawatts.

Why? Why not at least mothball it? But no such caution is allowed in the great cause of cutting CO2 emissions.

Look at the facts: an enormous 259 gigawatts (180 Didcots) of new coal-fired capacity are under development in China. That’s on top of the 993 gigawatts of coal-burning capacity China already possesses (690 Didcots).
Perhaps the most dispiriting version of it is to be seen in the painted, beatific faces of the red-robed mime-artists who are to be found on so many of the demonstrations demanding that this country commits economic suicide

Perhaps the most dispiriting version of it is to be seen in the painted, beatific faces of the red-robed mime-artists who are to be found on so many of the demonstrations demanding that this country commits economic suicide

The UK’s whole electrical generation capacity, in all forms of power, is 85 gigawatts (59 Didcots). If we gave up using electricity entirely, it would make no difference at all to the impact of Chinese coal burning on the atmosphere.

None. Not any. Zero. If we completely abolish all our fossil-fuel generation, including gas, it would likewise not matter in the slightest – except to us, our economy and our standard of living.

China’s planned increase, yes, increase, in coal power is three times the size of our whole electricity-generation industry – wind, nuclear gas, and all. India is also increasing coal generation and last March reached a coal capacity of 200 gigawatts (139 Didcots).


Henning Nielsen
October 15, 2019 3:46 am

What? White face and not-so-white hands and neck? Poor theatrics.

Killer Marmot
Reply to  Henning Nielsen
October 15, 2019 6:48 am

Trudeau wore it better. He even blackened the skin beneath a rip in his jeans.

John Endicott
October 15, 2019 4:56 am

Because white hoods are so last century

John Bell
October 15, 2019 5:04 am

All those day-glo freaks who used to paint the face
They’ve joined the human race
Some things will never change
(Son, you were mistaken)
You are obsolete
Look at all the white men on the street

John Bell
October 15, 2019 5:05 am

They probably ordered those costumes from amazon, ironic!

Jimmy Haigh
October 15, 2019 5:27 am

It’s to hide the fact that they are all white.

October 15, 2019 8:22 am

Appreciate that the Red Brigade was a radical, violent Marxist terrorist group in the 1960s and 70s. Supported by the Soviet Union. It is even possible Putin helped organize the original Red Brigade and Red Guard groups. Sounds like the same 1960s-70s playbook to me.

Harry Passfield
October 15, 2019 8:52 am

It’s all part of meme that is based on bogey-men and frightening children. It’s why CO², which is colourless, is always referred to as ‘carbon’ – ‘cos it’s BLACK. Subliminal racism at its worst. The black bogey-man is coming to get you!!

October 15, 2019 8:56 am

Extinction Rebellion’s tweets do not sound as though they are scared of what they predict !! More as if they are looking forward to it – good riddance !!!

October 15, 2019 9:01 am

The use of colors is pure Gene Sharp stuff. From Maidan, to Hong Kong, to XR.
Color revolutions brought to a town near you.

Coeur de Lion
October 15, 2019 10:06 am

It’s quite simple. This is a war between white senior educated and white junior uneducated. People with brown skins will continue to build coal fired plants and the CO2 count will continue to rise irrespective of this irrelevant war.
When it reaches four and a half molecules per ten thousand and nothing’s happened, we can relax and think about the future in a rational manner.

October 15, 2019 10:38 am

Because they are clowns.

John Endicott
Reply to  Gator
October 15, 2019 11:43 am


October 15, 2019 11:30 am

All the costumes and protests they do cost money. Who is providing financial backing for them? Apologies if this was previously asked and answered!

John Q Public
October 15, 2019 11:57 am

Basically, Extinction Rebellion is illustrating through drama the impact on plants, animals, humans, and all life on earth in the absence of sufficient CO2. Spread the word.

Eric Eikenberry
October 15, 2019 12:22 pm

Climate change fanatics are becoming a cult. Period. “Accept our beliefs as facts, you idiotic non-believers!”

John Gorman
October 16, 2019 12:55 am

If they are going to be a totalitarian honor they should honor their roots.Could someone please show the Extinction Rebellion protesters how to draw a swastika properly!

Richard S Courtney
October 17, 2019 2:33 am


London commuters have used violence in response to ‘Extinction Rebellion’ attempting to stop them getting to work.
see https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/10153612/extinction-rebellion-jubilee-line-tube/


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