Web Exclusive: Protesters throw ‘goop’ at Mayor Claar (Fiction)


A peaceful protest in Bolingbrook ended in hysteria after masked men threw balloons of “goop” at Mayor Roger Claar.

“Roger is fine,” said a village employee who wished to remain anonymous.  “The only harm done was to the protesters’ cause.  They didn’t understand that you have to make the largest donation possible to Roger’s campaign fund before you can even think of throwing anything at him.”

The protest started in the afternoon with ten members of the Bolingbrook Skeptics picketing in front of the patio at Village Hall.  One protester claimed that Goop, a controversial retail site founded by Gwyneth Paltrow, was going to open a store in Bolingbrook.  The company recently signed a deal with Netflix to produce shows for the service. 

“Goop sells woo!” said Sara Z. Vickers, a member of Bolingbrook Skeptics.  “Woo has no place in Bolingbrook.  Just like jade eggs have no place in our vaginas!”

Peter X. Smith, another member, added, “Nothing happens in Bolingbrook without Roger’s permission.  We’re here to tell Roger not to goop up Bolingbrook and reject Gwyneth Paltrow!”

Smith claimed that the group tried to arrange a meeting with Claar, but they were told he didn’t have an opening for “lower tier residents” until December 2020.

“By then, Bolingbrook will have a Goop store and a second Andy’s Custard!  We had to act!”

After 30 minutes of the protesters chanting things like, “G.M.O.s will make us grow,” Claar, who seemed visibly upset, opened a door and started to walk onto the patio.  Three masked men wearing all black rushed up to the patio and started throwing balloons filled with unidentified goop at Claar. He quickly closed the door, but some of the goop had splashed on his pants.  

All of the protesters scattered after the attack.  Many screamed that they were afraid of what the Bolingbrook police would do to them.  One protester made it to the DuPage Township administrative building and demanded “political asylum from Mayor Claar’s infamous temper.”  She was arrested after staff refused to consider her claim.

The Bolingbrook Skeptics later released a statement saying that they never planned to throw anything at Claar.  They claimed that the three men who attacked Claar were “Social Justice Warriors who hate Jordan Peterson.”

CSICOP, a militant splinter group from the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, claimed responsibility for the attack with the following statement:

“Mayor Claar has let psychics and chiropractors infest Bolingbrook for too long.  He must remove all woo and harmful quackery from Bolingbrook or we will do it for him.  He will not like how we intend to conduct our purge!”

A receptionist at Village Hall denied that Goop was planning to open a store in Bolingbrook.

“You people are so negative.  That’s why we have opposition parties in Bolingbrook now.  If everyone just had positive thoughts, we’d all unite behind Roger.”

In the background, a man who sounded like Claar said, “Thanks for all your hard work over the past month, Bill.  In a few more weeks, everyone will forget about garbage toters, and I can focus on getting rid of Bob.  Oh, don’t worry.  I’ll make sure you are treated like royalty in Sialkot.”

Note:  This is a work of fiction.