Now, The Hot Button generally frowns on navel-gazing, but The Globe and Mail’s quietly caustic “ Caption Writing Person” caused an international maelstrom last night when he sprinkled his Celebrity Photos of the Week gallery with Occupy Wall Street photos, skewering celebs for their conspicuous displays of wealth as protesters hunker down all over the world bemoaning corporate greed.
A sampling: “Selena Gomez, attending the premiere of The Thing, is delighted by Eli Roth's discourse on how power belongs to those who control the means of production. You'd be good at feigning interest, too, if you were dating Justin Bieber.”
Predictably, protesters are now claiming the newspaper’s photo gallery was hacked: “Hack done in support of #OccupyWallStreet,” came one dubious Tweet from OperationLeakS.
Others still just thought it was funny. And at least one dutiful reader pointed out CWP is routinely insubordinate: “guys! the globe and mail captions are ~always snarky~. they are not going to be ‘taken down.’ no one ~went rogue~. it is ‘topical humor.’”
We caught up with CWP in the office, where he/she is still gainfully employed.
From the Telegraph: “An online journalist who lost patience with his employer’s celebrity coverage has unleashed an unedited tirade against the wealth and excess of Los Angeles’ elite and become a Twitter star.” Care to comment?
None of it is true. I’ve been a mean little unedited brat every week for months now. Just ask Sarah Jessica Parker.
You “go rogue” every week. Did you think you were going extrarogue this week?
I was actually shooting for extrasuperrogue and fell short, so I’m a bit bummed about that.
What prompted your Occupy Wall Street edition of celeb photos?
My insatiable thirst for
cheap laughs social justice!
Some protesters are claiming responsibility for the gallery “hack.” How do you feel about becoming a darling of the Occupy movement?
Just my luck – I’ve made it big with people who have no money to give me.
Some are suggesting this is merely an elaborate marketing ploy. What do you make of that?
Marketing ploy? That’s absurd. See my brand new Twitter account ( @captionperson) for more reaction.
Have any of the celebrities been in touch?
No, but only because I’m, you know, anonymous.
What will you do next week?
Hopefully hold out for higher pay. But, if history is any lesson, probably just apologize profusely and go back to work.
Are you going to be fired?
You’ll have to ask my incredibly good-looking, absurdly talented bosses for whom I have the extreme pleasure of working.