Irony, your name is Anonymous. The hacktivist group tosses DDoS bombs around with callous ease in an apparently never-ending quest against government and corporate “tyranny,” all behind the smiling, blank Guy Fawkes mask featured at the end of “V for Vendetta.” Sure, a silent crowd full of masked Anons can be creepy, but here’s the funny part: each Guy Fawkes mask bought by an Anon member puts cash into megacorporation Time Warner’s pockets.
Time Warner owns the rights to the now iconic image, you see, and
the New York Times reports
that the company receives a distribution fee every time one of the masks is sold. And thanks to Anonymous, the masks sell like hotcakes. The smiling visage is the best-selling mask on Amazon, and it was sold out in costume stores in the San Francisco area in the days leading up to the BART protests.
Costume company Rubie's Costume is one of the organizations that makes the masks. “We sell over 100,000 of these masks a year, and it’s by far the best-selling mask that we sell,” Howard Beige, their executive VP, told the NYT. “In comparison, we usually only sell 5,000 or so of our other masks.”