Sir Ian McKellen’s Women’s March Sign Was A Hilarious Meme


Acting legend Sir Ian McKellen stood in solidarity with women all over the world yesterday… and he did it with a hilarious meme.

At a time of indignation at Trump’s inauguration, seeing the Gandalf actor trolling his friend Patrick Stewart whilst marching for women’s rights is exactly what the world needs.

McKellen took to the streets of London to join the hundreds of thousands of women protesting against Trump, or ‘President Breaking Wind’ as Ian called him, and the sexist standpoint that he glorifies.


The protests were a stunning display of wit and creativity from women and men all over the world, thinking of the most inventive way to demonstrate their opposition.

Sir Ian admitted he had not made the sign, which was the Patrick Stewart despair meme, but found it ‘at the end of the March in Trafalgar Square’.

Stewart and McKellen have form for great banter. Here’s a reminder of the classic facepalm meme…

As well as posting a photo to Twitter, Sir McKellen wrote:

The Women’s March in London was the longest I have been on. Unlike most demonstrations it was not commandeered by any one group with its identical posters.

The women and their allies had devised their own visual protests, hand-written and improvised at home, expressing their personal reaction to the new President, whose name in schoolyard English means “to break wind” appropriately.

The placard of Sir Patrick, by the way, was not my own — I found it at the end of the March in Trafalgar Square. But there were hundreds of others, including the other three here.

President Breaking Wind has impacted us all; and personally. Some like him, think they can identify with him, believe him because they’ve seen him on television perhaps and think the billionaire and his billionaire team are truly their friends. The rest of us, including the majority of voters in the USA, see through the charade: after all, the schtick is not exactly subtle. But he’s riled us, got under our skin, asking us angry and despairing that he should have got through to the final of his show and turned democracy into a tv/twitter spectacular.

What will happen? No doubt his believers will soon be disillusioned. The rest of us cannot let him reign unchallenged. The Marches today were a good beginning. Some who fear him say “give the man a chance” OK — he’s started by removing LGBTQ people, climate change and state funding of the arts from POTUS’s website. He’s had his chance.

At a terrifying time when public male figures like Piers Morgan are calling themselves feminists, it’s great to see Sir Ian making a stand.

If you can do that and troll your mate at the same time, why not?