Studio 2.8, Seattle Trans Pride 2019, June 28, 2019, Attendees with Kill Bezos Poster
This Studio 2.8 photography photograph was produced early Friday evening June 28, 2019 on Capitol Hill in Seattle as attendees there gathered before the Seattle 2019 Trans Pride March, pride weekend event, along Capitol Hill's Broadway thoroughfare.
In this Studio 2.8 photograph, a group of attendees held up posters, including one attendee who held a poster with the phrase "Kill Bezos" on it, apparently in reference to billionaire amazon.com founder and CEO Jeff Bezos, whose wealth is estimated at over $110 Billion dollars. The other posters in the Studio 2.8 photograph above include the phrases: "LGBT cops make my pussy dry", "No Pride In - cops, cages, corporations", and "This is Hell! All We Want is Total Freedom! Poverty Is Violence!".
The fair use video clip below, from the 2019 movie Joker depicts a fictional scene in which a crowd of angry protesters held up posters that included a sign with the phrase "Kill the Rich" on it. The 2019 Joker movie wasn't released until October 2019. The "Kill Bezos" poster above represents an example of a reality, and begs the existential question about whether fiction imitates reality and sometimes vice-versa. In this instance, the political messages in the photograph above represent the start reality of what Seattle has become, with its bifurcated economy in which high-technology employees garner annual salaries of $250,000.00 and up, plus stock options, living in million dollar downtown Seattle condominiums, while people who have failed to prepare for the stark reality of the bifurcated West Coast U.S. economic extremes, can barely eat and house themselves on a $15.00 per hour minimum wage, or are, worse yet, sleeping on cardboard under blankets on the sidewalk, in front of the very skyscraper condo towers that are home to the tech economy's affluent employees.