For all intents and purposes, Shelby, Occupy Denver's new canine leader, appears to be a polite and demure, if strangely food-focused, politician. The three-and-a-half-year-old will lead the group's march against corporate personhood this weekend, and all of her actions to date have been as sure-footed as someone with four paws should be. Why, then, does she appear to be tweeting about sex and weed?
The answer is simple: Some rogue agent with way too much time on his or her hands has created a fake Twitter account for Shelby, @OWSDenverShelby. This person appears to oppose almost every single aspect of the Occupy Wall Street movement and has opted to serve those feelings with a side of serious passive aggression. The account, which finds Shelby encouraging mothers to use their children as human shields, has earned attention from the movement's official Twitter account, which denounced its existence last night:
"I want to thank #OccupyDenver for electing me their new leader! I will do you proud. #ows #woof," fake Shelby told 59 followers in her first Tweet. In the span of exactly one day, fake Shelby has managed to Tweet 123 times. It's tough being a faux-fur version of the world's first occupation leader, and fake Shelby takes out her frustrations, in large part, on anarchists. Although the account is currently following more than twice the amount of people who follow it (128 at this writing), Occupy Denver remains strict about its encouragement to block and report the human acting as a dog who is acting as a human.
In the meantime, read some of fake Shelby's most scandalous fake opinions below:
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