Video: Actress’ Street Performance Against Mayor Bloomberg Gets Her Fired

This is what prophetic action looks like. (See Isaiah 20 and Micah 2 for earlier examples of bold prophetic action against the ruling powers.)

Mary Notari, an actress who pretended to be a representative from the office of New York City’s Mayor Bloomberg in a satirical performance addressing the Occupy Wall Street movement a block away from the mayor’s E. 79th St. residence this past Sunday was fired from her real job as an independent contractor at a market research consulting firm.

“They said my performance had put the company in an uncomfortable position,” said Mary Notari, who learned of her firing from a phone call Monday afternoon. “The mayor has said ‘No right is absolute’—including, apparently, the right to poke fun at him for using violent force against his own people and for bending the law to do so.”

In Notari’s performance, she asked the recently-evicted protesters how they would “feel if someone came to your place of residence and prevented you from moving freely?” She also announced that the protesters had “put the mayor under siege” and had “reduced him to behaving like a medieval warlord.”

Police prevented protesters from entering the E. 79th St. block where the mayor spends weekdays. When asked if the mayor was there at the time, a police officer answered: “No, he’s in Bermuda. He goes there every weekend. He’s a billionaire, he goes where he wants. Learjet.”

“What the police have done is made 79th Street between 5th and Madison a no-First-Amendment zone,” said Norman Siegel, a civil liberties lawyer. “The Constitution doesn’t say you have First Amendment rights except where Mayor Bloomberg lives.”

“Don’t get me wrong, I find drum circles just as annoying as the mayor does,” said Notari. “But the beating of drums is nothing compared to the beatings his police officers have delivered to peaceful protesters this past week.”

“Darth Vader! Only You Could Be So Bold.”

Hi. My name is Rose. And I’m a Star Wars junkie.

As my grade school friends will recall, I saw the original Star Wars approximately 24 times when it was released in the spring of 1977. Nearly all of them were at the Century Theaters at the corner of Arden Way and Cal Expo in Sacramento–huge screens, plush bouncy seats, and the theater had just installed speakers compatible with SurroundSound. I had every line memorized.

I still get chills at the rise of John Williams’ opening score and recall the breath-takingly long Imperial battle cruiser glowering low over my head. The theater walls actually rumbled!

So while the new docuflick The People vs George Lucas may do nothing more than reveal what happens when a culture has no roots, I do understand their hunger for mythos.

Along with all that, the great folks over at Improv Everywhere (“We Cause Scenes”) staged a reenactment of the first Princess Leia/Darth Vader scene from the original Star Wars on a New York City subway car. “The white walls and sliding doors on the train reminded us of the rebel ship from the movie, and we thought it would be fun to see how people would react to a surprise appearance by the iconic characters.” (I love it that Princess Leia is reading “Galactic Rebellion for Dummies.”) Just for fun, here’s the video clip: