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Revolutionary Alliance of Unpopular Men protest against Christmas on streets of Tokyo

By Oona McGee, SoraNews24

It’s been 15 years since the Revolutionary Alliance of Unpopular Men formed in Japan, and every year they’ve been faithfully bringing their special brand of anti-love sentiment to the streets of Tokyo.

This year, the group got together to protest Christmas, a time of year that’s synonymous with romance in Japan. Over here, Christmas Eve is traditionally viewed as a date night, where loved-up couples go out for dinner, or stay in for romance, and singletons scramble to find themselves a date so they’re not alone on the most romantic night of the year.

The Revolutionary Alliance of Unpopular Men think all the love-related fanfare surrounding Christmas is nonsense, and their mission is to “crush Christmas” and other related romantic holidays. These modern-day Grinches say they’re fighting for those who find themselves disillusioned by the holidays, like the broken-hearted, those who have to work during Christmas, and people who aren’t popular, especially when it comes to love.

The organization claims to provide “a mental safety net for people all over the world who aren’t popular“, with their goal being to “overthrow love capitalism” and “build a brighter future for the unpopular“. This was their aim when they took to the streets of Shibuya — a popular date hangout for young people — on Dec 19, and although they invited other like-minded people to join them in their protest before the event took place, only a dozen or so people ended up protesting, with the members looking similar to those from previous years.

Despite being called an Alliance of Unpopular Men, anyone is able to join the group’s protests, regardless of gender, and some of the calls they use during their marches include:

“Crush Christmas!”

“We oppose love capitalism!”

“Freedom not to love! Freedom not to get married!”

“Don’t get caught up in the love market!”

People online had a few words of their own to say about the protest:

“I wonder what would happen if geniuses, the rich and good-looking people staged a counterprotest?”

“Using the police for this kind of boring objective is a waste of taxpayers money.”

“This group just repeats the same thing forever.”

“In theory this is good, but I’m single and I don’t mind Christmas traditions.”

“There are many ways to enjoy Christmas in Japan, and this is one of them.”

Despite the critics, the Revolutionary Alliance of Unpopular Men believe their counterargument to the romance-fueled holidays is an important one, and they’re showing no signs of stopping their activities.

That means we’ll probably see them out in force again in February, when they’ll have a few things to say about crushing Valentine’s Day.

Source: Kakuhidou via Hachima Kiko 

Read more stories from SoraNews24.

-- 30-minute protest march held in downtown Tokyo by dateless men opposing Christmas Eve dates

-- Anti-Valentine’s Day protest march held in Tokyo by Revolutionary Alliance of Unpopular Men【Vid】

-- Japanese women in survey reveal surprisingly low hurdle men have to clear to get a Christmas date

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I gotta admit, I always feel a bit better after reading this again every year. They are hilarious.

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The Japanese version of incels.

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those guys just need to get laid.

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Despite being called an Alliance of Unpopular Men, anyone is able to join the group’s protests, regardless of gender, 

in other words,

Despite being called an Alliance of Unpopular women can join too.

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The J. Geils Band sang their anthem in a song called "Love Stinks"

I've been through diamonds,

And I've been through minks

I've been through it all

Love Stinks

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These guys are so hilarious. Wish them luck this Christmas!

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Revolutionary alliance of virgins.

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Was the little guy at the end shouting “Victory!” or “*Bikkuri!” *? (Plus, was that his mom ‘chaperoning’ his excursion out with the older men?) - Hard to distinguish:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pXeqI3oRf80&t=4s -
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Alliance of 40-year-old virgins.

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It's really unfortunate that it's wrapped up in such a ridiculous framing, but I actually agree with a lot of their stated goals. I'm also anti love capitalism (and most kinds of unregulated and/or materialistic capitalism). I really wish it wasn't a whiny group of sad, entitled people being the face.

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Doesnt look like much of a protest. A handful of attention seekers.

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Yeah....once their "protest" is over they probably head out for a couple of chuuhais and a soaplando.

Your grasp of Japanese male culture is breathtaking bro! Tip of the stetson to you.

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The Revolutionary Alliance of Unpopular Men think all the love-related fanfare surrounding Christmas is nonsense, and their mission is to “crush Christmas” and other related romantic holidays

Christmas is also about love with your family... so if they can't find a date, maybe go home and spend time with your parents, siblings, relatives, and those who you care about.... and quit the hate and whining

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These poor excuses for men need to get a life.

A bunch of wet blankets who are worried that other people are having a good time.

Their energy would be better spent entertaining children in a cancer ward or serving soup to the homeless.

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Their name is too long. They should change it to "LOSERS".

Instead of sitting at home watching anime porn with a box of tissues.... Go out and talk to real girls.

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Their mums must be happy. It gets them out of the house for a few hours so they can clean their rooms.

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Does being married mean you can’t join them?

Asking for a friend….

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Revolutionary Alliance of... virgins.

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This is a good news story. So few demonstrators.

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Notice there is a woman in this silly march. All it gets is some member to ask her out and both are out of this stupidity to enjoy a fullfiling life.

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