Pic of the Day: The Suffering of the #OccupyDC Hunger Strikers

You have got to be kidding me….

And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward.

– Matthew 6:16 (NRSV)

Four Occupy DC protesters have gone without food since Dec. 8 to advocate for “D.C. voting rights”. Their demands: “two senators and one representative for the 600,000 residents of the nation’s capital, along with full local control over the district’s budget and laws.”

Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., joined the cause for a whopping 24-hour hunger strike, (or what Catholics during Lent, call “Friday”.)

Sistah Toldjah’s not the least bit impressed:

I was thinking when I read about this story about the small group of Occupy DC hunger strikers that I bet it’s not a “real” hunger strike in the traditional sense of the term, and sure enough, I was right:

The men are consuming only electrolyte-enhanced water and vitamins. Parsons, Mears and Jewler, all district residents, began their hunger strike at noon on Dec. 8 after a nutritious last meal of fruit smoothies and stir-fried vegetables. Gray, of Gaithersburg, Md., joined them the next morning after chowing down on an egg burrito.

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Oh, and the sob story the Washington Post wrote about the poor suffering and weak OccupyDC hunger strikers wouldn’t be complete without the requisite photo of them in – you guessed it – wheelchairs.

About the wheelchairs, the Post writes:

They’ve walked the halls of congressional office buildings, sometimes being pushed in wheelchairs to conserve energy, and they’ve met with a few members of Congress and staffers for several others.

“[T]o conserve energy” my a**. This is all about images. Remind you of anything?

Push youngest/oldest to the front lines….This is a battle over images, not just over the park.
Charles Lenchner, Occupy Wall Street activist, Oct. 13, 2011

It’s images like the one above that have contributed to the #Occupy movement’s downfall.