In ‘freedom convoy’ and other vaccine protests, slogans cross the political aisle

February 17, 2022
Alex Bing, Adjunct Professor in Sociology, Carleton University

The current political climate seems to discourage us from becoming overly invested in any one political slogan in case they suddenly change hands and take on a whole different meaning. But words still matter — perhaps even more so right now.

Politicians, pundits and protesters have appropriated slogans, symbols and ideas from the opposing side throughout the so-called freedom convoy and the protests leading up to it.


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Last week, Canadian actress Evangeline Lilly posted several photos to Instagram with a caption about her vaccine views. She spent the previous weekend in Washington, D.C. “to support bodily sovereignty,” she said, seemingly referring to Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s anti-vaccination march. (Yes, the same one where he implied that the unvaccinated have fewer rights than Anne Frank did during the Holocaust.) She also expressed support for “Canadian truckers… rallying for their cross-country, peaceful convoy.” (Her Instagram was posted before the convoy took place, but she hasn’t since mentioned the Nazi or Confederate flags that were a part of that protest.)