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As thousands of students rallied together for Saturday’s March for Our Lives to protest anti-gun violence following the Parkland, Florida, school shooting last month, protestors again enlisted help from the Oscar-nominated film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
In the film, a mother (played by Frances McDormand) uses large signs to berate police for failing to catch her daughter’s killer. Calling out the National Rifle Association and politicians, multiple Three Billboards-inspired campaigns were spotted throughout the streets of cities’ rallies, including those in Washington and London.
Reminiscent of the signage in the Martin McDonagh film, with black text on a red background, some signs read, “To gun violence, we can’t respond with silence,” “We want a shot at our future, not to be shot,” “Gun violence kills 32 people a day. Not just a school issue, it’s an epidemic” and “We will be the change, because you couldn’t be.”
Other signs called out House Speaker Paul Ryan and Sen. Marco Rubio, reading, “17 dead in Parkland and still not assault weapon ban? How come, Paul Ryan?” and “49 dead at Pulse nightclub and still no universal background checks. How come, Marco Rubio?”
This is hardly the first time Three Billboards has appeared in protests: Soon after the Parkland shooting, an online activist group organized a Three Billboards-inspired campaign outside Rubio’s office in Doral, Florida, and in downtown Miami and Little Havana. “Slaughtered in school,” “And still no gun control?,” “How come, Marco Rubio?” read the message, sprawled across the three mobile billboards.
Following news of the shooting, Rubio has received backlash for his alliance with the NRA, having reportedly received $3.3 million in contributions from the association as of last October.
A Three Billboards-inspired protest was also staged after the Grenfell Tower apartment fire in London and in Hollywood following the multiple sexual harassment and assault accusations made against public figures.
See images of the signs in D.C. and London, below.
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Billboards driving by on 14th St, past Pennsylvania Avenue. pic.twitter.com/GFT7QaRGgy
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