Marie Claire reports that Grayson and Tina Harver Currin got up every Saturday morning to stand outside of the local abortion clinic in Raleigh, North Carolina, holding handmade signs reading “Bring back crystal Pepsi” and “I love turtles.”
According to Tina, their intent is having the desired effect:
“We’ve been able to stop (the protesters) from harassing the families going into the clinic by turning our camera phones on them, because they don’t want us to record them doing that. They’ll put their signs away too sometimes.”
The Currins said that their motivation was to “combat the hateful rhetoric with humor:”
“From my point of view, when we were driving by the first time, I looked over at Grayson and I could feel him bristle up a bit,” Tina explained. “I was driving and I was like, “Don’t yell at them!” I think that was the reaction we both wanted to have, but we knew that wasn’t going to be productive. This appealed to us as a way to do something that isn’t throwing up a middle finger and driving on by.”
And while they look relaxed, Tina admitted that she was scared every time she stood out there to hold up the signs:
“It’s very upsetting; they say terrible things. I have a pretty strict no-talking rule. I don’t really engage with them, but they engage with me. I try to smile and hold the sign,” she said.
That’s the best respond to those people — smile, nod your head, and mock the daylights out of them.
h/t Marie Claire