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Canadian anti-vax protest hijacked by NSFW ‘porno metal’ song about gay cowboy sex

Lily Wakefield February 16, 2022
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Supporters and truckers front the Parliament Hill at the Ottawa protests. (NurPhoto via Mohamed Kadri)

A major anti-vaxx protest in Canada has been interrupted by an extremely explicit “gay cowboy anthem”.

A blockade of thousands of right-wing protesters and truckers has been occupying downtown Ottawa since late January, demanding that Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau drop COVID-19 measures including vaccine mandates for healthcare workers and public servants.

On Monday (14 February), Trudeau invoked Canada’s Emergencies Act to deal with the truckers, who have branded themselves the “freedom convoy”, allowing for more police to be deployed and for protesters’ bank accounts to be frozen.

But counter-protesters against the “freedom convoy”, which is largely made up of right-wing conspiracy theorists, have come up with their own tactics disrupt the blockade. Welcome to the Ram Ranch Resistance.

“Ram Ranch”, described by Rolling Stone as “a 2012 porno-metal classic by Grant MacDonald”, has become the anthem of counter-protestors who are working hard to infiltrate “freedom convoy” communications.

The anti-vax protesters have been using walkie-talkie app Zello to coordinate their movements, but their chats are being frequently interrupted with the heartfelt lyrics: “Cowboys in the showers at Ram Ranch / On their knees wanting to suck cowboy c**ks / Ram Ranch really rocks!”

Protest in Canada falls into chaos

Buzzfeed reporter Paul McLeod managed to gain access to a Zello channel that was hijacked by the Ram Ranch Resistance, and live-tweeted the experience.

“The problem was counter-protesters were spamming their channels with the gay cowboy anthem ‘Ram Ranch’,” he wrote. “So they moved to a new channel. The problem was the moderator of the channel turned out to be a double agent.

McLeod heard one anti-vaxxer complain: “This person gained our trust.” Another cried: “Traitor! Traitor!”

Hilariously, some who had donated to the truckers’ cause, only to see their money disappear into the ether, didn’t understand the joke.

One, McLeod said, asked: “What is this Ram Ranch people are talking about? Is it somewhere we can go and get our money?”

The channel was soon completely taken over by the resistance, with the “Ram Ranch Vice Cowboy of Pranking Relations” informing McLeod that the trucker supporters were completely outnumbered.

The trend has now taken on a life of its own, with one counter-protester even setting up a Ram Ranch website to support businesses and charities impacted by the blockade.

MacDonald, who released the “Ram Ranch” in 2012, is aware of its popularity at the counter-protest in Canada, and told Rolling Stone: “I’m just elated, totally elated that my song could be used to stand up for science.”

This video is absolutely NSFW.

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