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Best and Most Confusing Agitprop 

Gay Shame

The queer group Gay Shame was the bane of DPW workers everywhere this past year, using "wheatpaste" (wheat + water = irritatingly hard-to-remove glue concoction) to post flyers targeting everyone from astroturfing pro-development group SFBARF to its capitalist benefactor, Yelp founder Jeremy Stoppelman (lest ye forget his epic response to now-fired Yelp staffer Talia Jane's Medium post complaining about the cost of living in SF: "Move to Phoenix!"). Breaking every graphic design rule in the book, the posters eschew a "more is more" sensibility, often requiring closer inspection. To wit: One recent anti-Airbnb flyer featured a prominent use of gradients, six (!) distinct fonts, and the head of Sarah Slocum — the self-proclaimed "anti-tech hate crime victim" who was famous for almost 15 minutes way back in 2014, when she was accosted in Molotov's on Haight Street for wearing Google Glass (remember those?). If that isn't art, what is?

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