Thousands of Americans plan to "scream helplessly at the sky" on the anniversary of President Donald Trump's election.
Thousands of Facebook users in various cities have pledged to attend the Nov. 8 event titled, "Scream helplessly at the sky on the anniversary of the election," according to Newsweek.
Joanna Schulman is organizing a "scream helplessly at the sky" event in Boston.
"This administration has attacked everything about what it means to be American," Schulman told Newsweek on Oct. 20. "Who wouldn't feel helpless every day? Coming together reminds us that we are not alone, that we are part of an enormous community of activists who are motivated and angry, whose actions can make a difference."
In addition to offering people a chance to vent, Schulman hopes the screaming protest will inspire action.
"While the event calls upon people to scream helplessly, we want to convert that sense of helplessness into resistance, into action, and maybe even into optimism," she continued. "Although it is important to acknowledge the tragedy that befell our country on Nov. 9, we cannot let it defeat us!"
The Boston-based activists inspired other cities, like Philadelphia, New York City and Austin, to hold their own "scream helplessly at the sky on the anniversary of the election" events.
So far, more than 2,200 Facebook users said they will scream at the sky in New York City, while 15,000 have shown interest in attending.
"Every news notification on my phone is a reminder of something over which I am powerless." wrote New York City's event organizer, Nathan Wahl, in an Oct. 24 post on Medium. "And I think a lot of people feel that way. So [f**k] me for thinking it’d be nice to yell about it."
News of the unusual protest quickly sparked controversy; while many find the idea hilarious, not every one is a fan.
"Really embracing the whiny baby narrative with this move." wrote one individual in the Daily Mail's comments section.
"...Honestly, the liberals are just done." chimed in another. "They represent the wackos, [weirdos], and useless people who hate America. I wish Trump would drain them too."
Even those who aren't Trump supporters are taking issue with the screamfest.
"This is the stupidest thing I have ever heard of and I can't stand Trump! C'mon, you're making yourselves look silly," one Daily Mail reader wrote. "If you want real change, screaming at the sky (having a temper tantrum), isn't going to help your cause. Sheesh..."
"Stop with these stupid events...the only way to stop the hatred is by voting in the midterms next month!!!!" said another. "Fight Trump and his evil minions!"
Sources: Newsweek, Medium, Facebook, Daily Mail / Featured Image: Dominique A. Pineiro via Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff/Flickr / Embedded Images: Edvard Munch/the Web Museum, Mobilus In Mobili/Flickr