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The revolutions we like, and the ones we don’t

Empire State BuildingA few weeks back, supporters of the ill-fated Green Revolution in Iran petitioned to have the Empire State Building lit in green during the week of the United Nations General Assembly. The supporters wanted the lighting as a show of solidarity with the Iranian opposition during a time when the world’s leaders were gathered in New York City. The Empire State Building, however, was not so keen on the idea and turned them down.

However, the Green Revolution supporters were elated to find that the Empire State Building would be green on Thursday, Sep. 24, in honor of the 70th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz (you know, the emerald city and all) and planed demonstrations that night.

The Empire State Building authorities were not amused by this. So at the last minute, they changed the lighting scheme to all red –for Dorthy’s ruby red slippers. Take that Green Revolution!

But tonight, the Empire State Building is more than happy to honor another revolution—one that occurred 60 years ago and brought the Chinese Communist Party to power.

Just goes to show you that in America we will gladly turn the ceremonial lights on for your revolution provided that you:

A: win

B: make cheap shit for us

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