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August 20, 2014

Anti-Shutdown Voices Giving Congress an F-Bomb

As the country continues suffering through the ideologically motivated government shutdown, advocates hoping for a swift resolution have reached their wit’s end. Many are done mincing words.

Cultivated Wit creative director Brian Janosch is helping the frustrated masses communicate extreme displeasure with the state of affairs via an expletive-fueled advocacy effort that rhymes with Yuck Fou Congress.

The undiplomatic portal that launched Tuesday provides a conduit for the mounting disgust with Congress, logging about 42,000 visits and 220,000 page views from fiercely disillusioned citizens so far. Janosch said they’ve already gone bicoastal, collecting online supporters from New York City to Los Angeles and from those across the pond (London’s in the mix).

In addition to vociferously savaging those whom Team FYC holds personally responsible for derailing our democracy — a burgeoning Republican roster featuring Speaker John A. Boehner of Ohio, Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, Sen. Mike Lee of Utah, Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, and Reps. John Culberson and Rep. Randy Neugebauer of Texas — the site urges visitors to join the fight however they can.

Tools provided include a link to a voter registration program (TurboVote), as well as a plug to support nonpartisan government watchdogs (Common Cause, Sunlight Foundation, Rootstrikers).

“We wanted three good examples of organizations looking out for public interests to get the ball rolling and to communicate that message that we’re not as powerless as we sometimes think we are,” Janosch said.

The biggest surprise has been the enthusiasm FYC fans have shown for a profanity-laced, auto-rant alerting Twitter-addicted pols that their constituents are “f—— sick of this s—.”

“The more overriding sentiment of the whole site, we hope, is this collective throwing up of our hands and expressing: ‘What else are we supposed to say?’” Janosch told HOH of the carefully crafted missive.

People aren’t being stingy with their cyber-disdain. HOH has spotted custom FUs directed at the Twitter feeds of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Reps. Gerald E. Connolly, D-Va., Frank R. Wolf, R-Va., Lloyd Doggett, D-Texas, Roger Williams, R-Texas, Diana DeGette, D-Colo., Mike Coffman, R-Colo., Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Carolyn B. Maloney, D-N.Y., Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., and Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va.

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