Something I feel that everyone should know about the Guy Fawkes mask is that it has very little to do with the original gunpowder plot. Writer Alan Moore used history and repeated it into the future to tell a compelling new story.
Alan Moore on the mask in general:
"I suppose when I was writing V for Vendetta I would in my secret heart of hearts have thought: wouldn’t it be great if these ideas actually made an impact? So when you start to see that idle fantasy intrude on the regular world… It’s peculiar. It feels like a character I created 30 years ago has somehow escaped the realm of fiction…"
About it’s uses in protests:
”It turns protests into performances. The mask is very operatic; it creates a sense of romance and drama. I mean, protesting, protest marches, they can be very demanding, very gruelling. They can be quite dismal. They’re things that have to be done, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re tremendously enjoyable – whereas actually, they should be…”
About the irony of it all:
"I find it comical, watching Time Warner try to walk this precarious tightrope." Through contacts in the comics industry, he explains, he has heard that boosted sales of the masks have become a troubling issue for the company. "It’s a bit embarrassing to be a corporation that seems to be profiting from an anti-corporate protest. It’s not really anything that they want to be associated with. And yet they really don’t like turning down money – it goes against all of their instincts." Moore chuckles. "I find it more funny than irksome."
Tldr: Guy Fawkes Mask = V for Vendetta
Guy Fawkes Mask =/= 1605 Gunpowder Plot
I believe people should know where he came up with the mask and should know the confusing history about the 17th century story but don’t give them shit if they have the mask and don’t.