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Apartment Building Bans Balcony Banners After Real-World Anti-Trump Subtweet

Snark level: expert.


The Internet isn’t the only place people can snark on each other’s opinions, political or otherwise. Before it existed, we just had to find other ways to express ourselves, like bumper stickers or, in the case of this story, banners hung outside our houses or apartments. Unfortunately, these residents lost that privilege after one used it to quietly denounce the other.

As you can see from the image above, one resident of the Camden South Capitol building in Washington, D.C. took issue with another using their building to proclaim support for a certain historically unpopular—especially in D.C.—president. It was already a pretty good bet that neighbors didn’t agree, what with the existing Black Lives Matter banner, and rainbow flag, but it seems the residents who hung the “resist” banner and the “nope” sign directly below the Trump banner just couldn’t sit idly by and let that political endorsement go unchallenged.

Now, everyone’s caught in the middle of the argument, as an email from the building’s management, obtained by Washingtonian, reads, “While we love our residents creativity and unique decorating, the time has come for us to remind all residents it is a lease violation if you…hang anything off of your balcony—yes this even include banners/flags supporting our beloved Washington Nationals.”

Washingtonian explains that the policy had been dormant as far as the sports banners were concerned, but the Trump banner proved controversial enough to instigate a fight and lose everyone the privilege through renewed enforcement—a small price to pay for the smiting of one’s enemies.

(via Washingtonian, image: Ted Eytan on Flickr)

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