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LONDONERS TAKE TO THE STREETS IN MORPHSUITS IN ANONYMOUS ‘UNRIOT’ TO MARK ANNIVERSARY OF VIOLENCE
London gets the opposite of a riot as anonymous do-gooders clean up Clapham streets ‘without a care for credit’
To mark the one-year anniversary of the London riots, dozens of Londoners have taken to the streets to perform a remarkable ‘unriot’ that involves cleaning up some of the areas worst affected by the violence last August. Dressed in Morphsuits to retain anonymity and ‘add a sense of the superhero’, the unrioters could not be missed when performing acts of random kindness.
- Passer-by Gabriella McCoy described the unrioters as ‘ninjas of good deeds’
- The unrioters can be seen dressed head to toe in the black Lycra Morphsuits all over Clapham this week cutting grass, sweeping streets and painting and varnishing fences.
- Inspired passer-bys who joined in at the last minute were given Morph Masks to enable them to quickly become anonymous ‘heroes’ and join the Unriot
- The organisers of the unriot got in touch with the Morpshuits founders when they were looking for ways to draw attention to what they were doing
- To help drive involvement, Morphsuits will be posting the whereabouts and actions of the unrioters on its popular Twitter and Facebook profiles, which have a following of over one million fans
One of the organisers of London’s first ‘unriot’, who wishes to remain nameless, commented:
“The unriot is about showing London’s true colours: helping one another with a sense of fun and frivolity but without overtly seeking a pat on the back. We want people to notice what we’re doing and even join in, but we don’t care about credit. We just care about trying to spark a trend for civic pride as spontaneous and attention-grabbing as the violence we saw last year.”
Gabriella McCoy commented:
“I couldn’t quite believe what I was seeing. It was like an army of superheroes cleaning up Clapham. I asked them why they were in the crazy suits and they said it was so they were noticed but not recognised, which I thought was a lovely sentiment. I happily took a Morph Mask and mucked in!”
Duncan Mundell, owner of Party Superstores commented:
“We faced a nightmare after the fire, it was a traumatic experience, we were disappointed in society and there was a certain element of society turning against the people. However the support that followed was overwhelming, and we think this anonymous ‘unriot’ is great. They are lifting the whole community and doing it in a very unique, fun way.”
Morphsuits cofounder Gregor Lawson commented:
“When we were contacted about sourcing Morphsuits by the unrioters, we were more than happy to contribute suits for free. They wanted them to help draw attention to what they were doing, but also because the fancy dress store in Clapham that burned down, taking hundreds of Morphsuits with it, was one of the iconic images of last year’s riots. It seemed fitting for us to help out.”
“We’re fed up of the bad news getting all the headlines; it’s a refreshing change to hear people talking about these everyday heroes trying to prove there is more positivity in society than the violence and negativity we saw this time last year.”
Photography by Anthony Hunt