Format: Text, Interactive
Medium: White House Petitions, Web
Former URL: PeopleForAnIndependentEastWilliamsburg.com
Following the 2012 Presidential election, people from across the United States flooded the White House’s online petition system with requests to allow their states to secede from the Union. To satirize these petitions, I filed a petition not seeking to secede from the United States, but simply asking the President to support East Williamsburg’s secession from Williamsburg, as two neighborhoods in Brooklyn.
The petition, written in a patronizing tone mimicking the existing state petitions, also touched on key words to attract attention in New York City: hipsters, real estate, Williamsburg. Gothamist reported on the petition the same day it was launched.
Shortly after the Gothamist article was published, the story appeared in other websites like The New York Observer, The New York Daily News, Curbed, Brokelyn, Free Williamsburg, and Brooklyn Vegan. The story even crossed into print media with a mention in New York Magazine’s Neighborhood News.
The news also found an audience on twitter with common users expressing support or disdain depending on their preference. It also caught the attention of people like BuzzFeed Editor Mike Hayes.
LOL White House petition for East Williamsburg to secede from Williamsburg. Signatures so far: 1 1.usa.gov/UH7mbz
— Mike Hayes (@michaelhayes) November 15, 2012
HIPSTERS RUIN EVERYTHING. A proposal for East Williamsburg to secede from the union emergesbit.ly/UJQXTF
— amanda chatel. (@angrychatel) November 16, 2012
LOL –> East Williamsburg Graphic Designer Starts Petition To Secede From Unhip Williamsburg : Gothamist bit.ly/Zipaa3
— Lauren Tara LaCapra (@LaurenLaCapra) January 7, 2013
- East Williamsburg Graphic Designer Starts Petition To Secede From Unhip Williamsburg, Gothamist
- A Petition to the Petitioners Trying to Secede East Williamsburg From Namesake, New York Observer
- The war between the nabes: East Williamsburg wants to secede!, Brokelyn
- A proposal for East Williamsburg to secede from the union emerges, Brooklyn Vegan
- East Williamsburg Petitions to Secede from Williamsburg, Curbed