Yet another iconic ‘kissing couple’ picture has surfaced, but instead of a sailor stealing the breath of his girl, this one features a kiss in the middle of a riot. In case you haven’t heard, there was a riot in Vancouver after the Canucks lost to the Boston Bruins in game 7 of the Stanely Cup final. But since no one pays attention to hockey or Canada, I’m going to talk about the picture.
The photo quickly gained popularity after it surfaced on the internet, becoming the ‘posterchild’ for the “make love, not war” slogan. The couple (Scott Jones and Alex Thomas, thank you Facebook) went to the game together and after the riots broke out found themselves in the path of charging police.
Alex was hit by a riot shield which knocked her to the ground and Scott came to her aid. The photographer happened to look over when Scott planted one on Alex, and now they’re famous. Jones’ father reported that the couple is attracting media attention from all over the world asking about the events that led up to their famous kiss.
And the best thing about it all? They haven’t been a couple for long and Scott is heading back to his home in Australia after the two of them take a trip to California. Their story is serendipitous, almost like fate brought them together for that one picture, which will probably remain one of their favorite photos when they’re old and gray.
Not seen in the photo are burning cars, shattered windows, and looting mobs. Hockey is a pretty big deal up there. However, despite the violent outburst our neighbors to the north showed class by cleaning up the city the next day and writing apology notes on pieces of plywood boarding up vandalized businesses. Previous night rioters and abstainers alike pitched in to clean up garbage, debris, and their conscience in the streets of downtown Vancouver.
Finally, somebody can say “We’ll always have Canada” with a straight face.