The Case for Krampus as an Occupy Mascot

Political Krampus

While there are many good reasons for members of the Occupy movement to related to the rehabilitated image of Guy Fawkes/”V”, I am personally convinced that the image of Krampus could potentially be a much more effective iconic symbol of the Occupy movement, especially in the coming weeks leading up to Christmas which is arguably one of the biggest and most lucrative times of year for large banking institutions and corporations that have been shown to have connections to less-than-equitable business practices. Krampus represents responsibility and accountability for one’s actions while more than willing to punish those who engage in harmful practices – business and otherwise.

The author lists out five reasons that Krampus would be better than Fawkes:

-Encourages radical community involvement.
-Actually aims to punish wrong-doings.
-Horns are much scarier than a mask and pantaloons.
-Makes reasonable demands.
-Hasn’t been usurped by Time Warner and was never a Papist tool.

A Season for Krampus

(Thanks Bob Jones!)

Last year I participated in KrampusCon in Portland. It would be fun to connect this with Occupy. I don’t think Krampus necessarily has to replace any other mascot or symbol, but it sure would be fun to see a Krampus contingent!

6 Comments

  1. I support this change. this would get a lot more people involved. actually there are no good reasons for the historical british rebel or alan moore’s british “superhero”(even though i am a fan) to be a mascot. you know what, come to think of it krampus is not american either. i think we ahould find a a mascot that is quintessentially american–i nominate mothamn! he also has a connection to xmas!

  2. As much as I’d love to see more Krampus around, he isn’t going to fly as a primary in the US. He’d probably work quite well in the various occupy groups in europe.

    I’d go for mothman, but The Mothman Prophecies has already been adapted by a big studio, meaning there’s the potential for another V-mask situation. Unfortunately, I can’t think of some homegrown creature that would be both universally recognizable and not yet arguably the intellectual property of a movie studio. [Even imports like Dracula and Frankenstein are, in their current popular incarnations, arguably Universal property]

  3. I love this idea.

  4. oh, that is right about mothman…damn the commodification of myth…how about masonic aprons–that would be awesome–and a little wink to our original revolution!

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