#GreenShirtGuy Goes Viral After Protesters Interrupt City Council Meeting

By R.J. Johnson - @rickerthewriter

August 7, 2019

Green Shirt Guy

A group of protesters who tried to interrupt a Tucson, Arizona, City Council meeting on Tuesday found themselves sharing the spotlight with a man dressed in a green shirt who couldn't stop laughing at them.

It all began Tuesday evening during a city council meeting in which lawmakers agreed to hear about a proposed "sanctuary city" measure destined for the November ballot. At one point, a protester dressed in a pink "Best" tank top and wearing a "Make America Great Again" hat, interrupted the meeting and began yelling at the lawmakers to "respect our laws" while waving a sign that read, "Respect our laws, or we will deport you."

That's when a man wearing a green polo shirt could be seen laughing at the protesters uncontrollably. The protesters appeared not to notice the #GreenShirtGuy as he became known on Twitter, even as he continued to laugh hysterically at their presentation.

The protest was greeted with loud boos from the audience. The protesters continued, anyway, yelling, "You're in direct violation of the oath you took to the United States Constitution."

"You're in direct violation of being a jackass," someone in the audience can be heard shouting back.

Video of the gut-busting laugh and protest was taken by KVOA reporter Nick VinZant, whose tweet went viral, earning nearly 70,000 likes and 15,000 retweets by Wednesday afternoon.

The protesters were quickly escorted out by Tuscon city police.

According to Mashable, the #GreenShirtGuy was identified as comedian Alex Kack, who told the site he was laughing at "how absurd it really all was."

"Who has the time in their day to come into a public space just to spread hatred and negativity?" he added. "Like honestly what happened that made them so ridiculous and hateful?"

Kack described the experience of going viral for laughing at the protesters as "absolutely surreal."

Kack wasn't the only breakout star from the Tuscon City Council meeting. Twitter users also noticed a man carrying a banjo in the clip, wondering what he was about. Fortunately, the reporter also got footage of the #BanjoGuy and his presentation to the City Council. No spoilers, but it was... interesting.

According to VinZant, the City Council was legally required to put the measure on the ballot because enough signatures had been collected. The protesters who were asked to leave, did not take the opportunity to speak during a public comment period that was held before the vote.

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