Tea Party Group Rips Off 4chan Slogan (Update3)
Trolling victims, or the most brazen trolls yet? Redditor choochy spotted this bumper sticker from an Oregon Tea Party group which steals one of the most recognizable Anonymous slogans: “We are Anonymous. We are Legion. We do not forgive. We do not forget. Expect us.” Its veracity has been called into question by some Redditors, but one found a since-deleted cache item from the Portland Tea Party’s “Tea Party Patriots” page in which the slogan is used as the group’s primary description.
Update: A little more evidence that the slogan was legitimate: The Next Web has what looks like an email exchange with the head of the Oregon Tea Party. Note that the response is from 3:03 PM, so the sender would have to be in Europe or another time zone east of EDT for this to be legit.
Even more frighteningly, the slogan has appeared at some real-life Tea Party rallies, suggesting that it has been ripped off by Tea Partiers on a broader scale, most of whom probably have no idea of its origins:
(via Portland Mercury)
The slogan of moms, indeed.
Now, it’s worth pointing out that Anonymous and 4chan are far from the same thing: 4chan is one of the group’s highest-profile strongholds, but it has plenty of other online hangouts and affiliations. Still, the Tea Party is definitely not one of them. One thing is for sure: Anon is going to be pissed about the theft of their slogan by Tea Partiers, if they didn’t secretly socially engineer the whole thing.
Update 2, 2:50pm: It looks like the Oregon Tea Party is currently under attack. Their Facebook page is currently being flooded with Desus, Heracrosses, and links to sex toy websites, among other things:
Update3, 4:33pm: The Oregon Tea Party will no longer be using the slogan. They write that they “appreciate [Anonymous’] resources” and “admire [their] tactics.” Hurm.