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Ridicule is effective protest. Just look at the milkshaken Tommy Robinson

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Fifty years ago this spring, Theodor Adorno was about to begin his lecture series, An Introduction to Dialectics, at Frankfurt’s Goethe University when he was interrupted by student protesters. Three women bared their breasts, and scattered rose and tulip petals over him.

Theodor Adorno and Tommy Robinson have so little in common they’re scarcely members of the same species. The former was one of the 20th century’s great philosophers, a virtuoso pianist, a Jewish Marxist and a beguiling writer. The latter is a far-right muppet currently sullying the streets of the north-west of England in his benighted quest to become the region’s Euro MP.

And yet they share this: both have been made to look ridiculous in public. Adorno was humbled by the planned tenderness action (also known as the busenaktion or breast action), while Robinson has been drenched in milkshakes in Warrington and Bury during his campaign. “That’s what you get for being a fascist,” yells one protester on the now-viral Warrington video.

Is Robinson doomed to be doused in dairy at every campaign stop from now until he, fingers crossed, loses his deposit? It’s possible. And if so, Kelis’s classic, My Milkshake Brings All the Boys to the Yard, should be retooled as Robinson’s campaign (which clearly needs to hire an emergency lyricist).

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