Antifiti* rebel Xoro* was out in full force in the West end last week, marking any sign that might be interpreted as commercial advertising with an easily removable green painter’s tape X. Many locals have expressed appreciation of the universal appeal of the X as well as the general sentiment of sticking it to outdoor ads. This Torontoist has also been noticing a side-effect of the gesture: most of these ads are so predictably located, we don’t even notice them anymore, but Now With Green Xes!, we’ve actually been reading the ads. Reverse psychology or unintended consequence? Only the X knows.
Also dabbling with green tape this weekend was a group of Active 18ers, who staged a left-of-message “queer-in” demonstration outside that building we’re not even allowed to link to anymore, to welcome new condo buyers to the neighborhood. Not only did they bring plackards and megaphones and tape the word “fag” to their hoodies, these activists brought something to the corner that would improve almost any neighborhood vista: lesbians skipping brunch to make out on the sidewalk.
*(both names made up right here)