As ever, Peter Simple a half century ahead of the times

Now, the discovery of a craigslist ad posted last Monday, almost a full week before the Charlottesville protests, is raising new questions over whether paid protesters were sourced by a Los Angeles based “public relations firm specializing in innovative events” to serve as agitators in counterprotests.

The ad was posted by a company called “Crowds on Demand” and offered $25 per hour to “actors and photographers” to participate in events in the “Charlotte, NC area.”

Well, they couldn’t call it Rentamob, could they, would make it obvious where the idea came from.

21 thoughts on “As ever, Peter Simple a half century ahead of the times”

  1. Bloke in North Dorset

    “Are you ok with participating in peaceful protests (optional)?”

    Is answering the question optional or is it the peaceful part which is optional?

  2. Why do they have to pay two times minimum wage? They could get students on internships for free.

  3. Maritime Barbarian

    Wasn’t it Rentacrowd for the Peter Simple column?
    Its shares were always rising, every time a new grievance was invented.

  4. According to the infallible WikiP:

    “Rentamob (originally Rentacrowd) — mammoth consortium supplying semi-automated, slogan-shouting demonstrators wherever they are required. Was particularly in demand during the Apartheid era.”

  5. I don’t know if I am missing something here, or if there is just a simple typo, but Charlotte and Charlottesville are two very different places quite some distance apart.

  6. “So who dropped the bucks for this? Enlighten me…”

    I too await the Washington Post/ New York Times report on this disturbing story…..

  7. Interested

    Yes. Charlotte is in North Carolina. Charlottesville is where the ‘incident’ happened. So the ad does raise questions.

  8. I love the requirement for a miki-CV stating “relevant experience”.

    How would ” I sang ‘Ohhhh Jeremy Corbyn’ at Glastonbury this year” rate?

  9. Someone said he’d volunteered to do career counselling work in sub-Saharan Africa for an NGO, for the summer. . Don’t know if there’s any truth in it.

  10. ‘paid protesters’ is oxymoron.

    It would seem that if they are paid, they aren’t protesters, they’re extras.

  11. The Inimitable Steve

    Charlotte and Charlottesville are two very different places quite some distance apart.


    No idea if this was the case in Charlottesville, but it’s quite common for alt-left “protestors” to be bussed or even flown in, at whoever’s expense.

    The Nazi LARPers were from out of town too.

  12. The Inimitable Steve

    they aren’t protesters, they’re extras.

    After one of the recent Ramadan Murderthons, the Beeb and the Met set up a fake “Muslims Against Terror” protest.

    (The DM blames CNN, but it wasn’t on their turf.)

    The video is quite instructive. Immediately before the news cameras start rolling, a couple of white policemen hasten out of shot and are replaced by more acceptably brown policemen. (Why were they there? Why is the Met providing colour-coded extras to a fake Muslim protest?)

    Then the “protest” begins, runs for about two minutes, and immediately disperses once the “news” people have their footage – nice tight angle close-ups of about half a dozen Muslimas, to make it look like there was a big noisy crowd.

    The Left relies on this kind of fakery, because reality is a right-wing bastard.

  13. Pendantically, I should like to point out that Peter Simple was one decade ahead of the times in the 1970s, two decades ahead in the 1980s, three decades ahead in the 1990s, so “as ever” is an arithmetic error.

  14. Aaargh! Pendant fail
    That should read:
    “one decade ahead of the times”
    missed out the quotation marks

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