That's how the Greens appeal to the young generation. And the problem is not so much with the swearword (after all, that's not much different than the "flick off" campaign, once run by the Ontario Liberals,) but that the party in fact tells youth to reject their parents - for the sake of "Mother Earth" and to follow The Party - which knows best.
And what about the party leader? Is Elizabeth May aware of this appalling slogan? According to the press release, she is, and she is very proud of the "Young Greens" team:
By Elizabeth May on 15 October 2009 - 6:18pmNotice that this was published on October 15th - after the scandalous poster had been on the
I am proud of the youth active in the Young Greens. For that matter I am proud of youth engaged in any political party and in work in social movements --- whether Amnesty International, Engineers without Borders, Oxfam, Greenpeace, Sierra Youth Coalition, World Vision, Otesha, the list is long.
Obscenity is a subjective concept. Our culture is steeped in the F-word. John Baird used it on Toronto. (He did apologize). Trudeau may have said it, but it came out “fuddle duddle.” The Young Greens have used a version with asterisk inserted to make a point. To get more youth engaged. And what they are saying is fundamentally true. How many of us in the boomer generation can honestly dispute the fact that our generation has done an unacceptable amount of damage to this planet?
How should youth respond? Go to the mall? Do drugs? Party til the whole mess goes away? Or get active and engaged and call for meaningful engagement in the political process?
I am proud of them for choosing the latter.