The Politics of Throwing Pies

Sometimes the camera is bigger than the cause

| July-August 1999


“I think I see shrimp.”

“That's cheese.”

“Could be sesame seeds.”T

“I think it's cheese. Excuse me, miss, is that cheese?”



Three activists are buying lunch in a café across from San Francisco's Hall of Justice, where they have just been assigned a judge for trial. They press their faces against the glass display case and interrogate the befuddled girl behind the counter about each item's dairy and animal content. Not quite getting the point, she offers to add cheese to something.

It's not easy being an activist these days.