Nothing says class like insulting your guests. And not much insults guests more than calling them living “symbols of slavery.”
But that was the message protesters unhappy with a State Island grand jury decision not to indict a police officer the death of illegal cigarette vendor Eric Garner decided to deliver Monday during an NBA game at the city’s Barclay Center that was attended by visiting British royals Prince William and wife, Kate.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge meet the NBA Commissioner in Brooklyn before Nets vs. Cavs @ABC pic.twitter.com/fpsyXhNQbA
— Josh Haskell (@joshbhaskell) December 9, 2014
Not certain what they think the British Royal Family had to do with the case but nevertheless, there they were and Twitter was buzzing about it with the hashtag #royalshutdown.
Royals: Symbol of Slavery, White Supremacy & birthright inequality. #ShutItDown #royalshutdown #BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/aADOxHVya6
— Michael Patrick MacD (@MickPaddyMack) December 8, 2014
“@ellievhall: First sign aimed at Will and Kate at the #royalshutdown protest. #RoyalsInUSA pic.twitter.com/QA1JBhdcbm” didn’t c this on BBC !
— The WOO (@Woo100) December 9, 2014
Me & my queens @carmenperez21 @FeministaJones @Awkward_Duck at Barclays Center. #BlackLivesMatter #RoyalShutdown pic.twitter.com/v4q43wZDYY
— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) December 9, 2014
#RoyalShutdown doing circles in Flatbush & Atlantic intersection, one of largest in BKLYN. #ICantBreathe https://t.co/VzOcfgaCO5
— Keegan Stephan (@KeeganNYC) December 9, 2014
Even Jay-Z and some Cavaliers players got in on the act.
DraWilliams: RT Awkward_Duck: Yooooooooooooooooo #ICantBreathe !!! #royalshutdown pic.twitter.com/JAPOd8thzR
— Wayne (@Wayne9224) December 9, 2014
— Christopher Netta (@cnetta68) December 9, 2014
But apparently social justice has to be a little more comfortable for some as one group of protesters move inside to disrupt mall shopping.
It is cold out; they’ve moved inside, flooding into @Target across street. #royalshutdown @ABC7NY pic.twitter.com/2Xtty0tgc4
— Josh Einiger (@JoshEiniger7) December 9, 2014
#ICantBreathe #RoyalShutDown Protestors Take Over Mall In NYC. MUCH BETTER PLAN OF PROTEST . . Hoping We can see… http://t.co/xdEdJOXHhh
— Bobby Wesley (@bjohnnywes) December 9, 2014
Though not everyone was on the protesters side.
Commies. How cute RT @DefendWallSt: Revolutionary Communist Party sign spotted at Brooklyn #RoyalShutDown tonight. pic.twitter.com/XyejoOkz9K
— Jay Caruso (@JayCaruso) December 9, 2014
Protesters in Brooklyn are calling it #royalshutdown because William & Kate are there. Protesters are really a #royal pain in the azzz!
— ~~ Lady Liberty ~~ (@libertyladyusa) December 9, 2014
Pure class, “peaceful protesters.” Pure class.
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