An Austin lawyer is claiming responsibility for several stickers placed on East Austin businesses that claimed they were “exclusively for white people.”I think what the story means is that Reposa was trying to protest gentrification in East Austin. But stickering businesses with this message was an obnoxious way of going about it:
Adam Reposa posted the video on YouTube and made a statement on Facebook saying he was trying promote the issue of gentrification in East Austin....
In the video, Reposa says:
I knew that I could just bait all of y'all into just being as stupid as you are, just allowing the issue to be framed in the most simple way: "Oh, he said an offensive term!" Let's not worry about the actual condition of the way things are.As Reposa says this, by the way, he's shirtless:
Which is the kind of guy he is -- an adolescent, showoffy provocateur. A right-wing blog describes him as a "liberal social justice warrior," but that's like calling G.G. Allin a "protest singer."
The URL of Reposa's website calls him "DWI Badass." He prides himself on taking a lot of cases to trial and making life difficult for others in court. Here's a testimonial (from himself) on the site:
Litigating a case against me should be agonizing and tedious.As a 2012 Vice story explained, Reposa worked for a while with Bob Ray, a filmmaker who'd done a documentary called Total Badass about Chad Holt, a frequently arrested cokehead and guinea-pig trainer. (Reposa hired Holt as his legal assistant.) At this time, Ray made a couple of ads for Reposa's law practice that were never allowed on the air by Texas authorities, but went viral online anyway. Here's the best-known one, in all its amateurishly edited, car-crashing glory:
"Lawyers on the other side should NOT think this is ‘fun’. I try to be difficult to beat, take up time, and make demands that others view as unreasonable." -Adam Reposa
And I don't know who the auteur of this one is, but it's eleven minutes long, it's cheesily edited for maximum "trippiness," and it focuses on Reposa in underwear getting a hot oil massage. After watching even a small portion of it, you may feel the need for decontamination:
So, no, this guy is not a run-of-the-mill liberal. He's an attention junkie first and foremost, and he's a libertarian more than anything. Did I mention the ad in which he (somewhat obliquely) attacks then-New York mayor Mike Bloomberg's proposal for a ban on large sodas, shouting "I'M A LAWYER! I AM FREEDOM!"?
Don't hang this guy around lefties' necks. He's in his own category.