Category Archives: Consumerism

Right-wing Liberty Counsel resurrects “Merry Christmas” battle

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The Liberty Counsel, the right-wing hate group responsible for many of the anti-LGBT court cases around the country, has put out its annual wingnutty naughty-or-nice list: 

Liberty Counsel has launched its fourteenth annual Friend or Foe Christmas Campaign, pledging to be a “Friend” to those who recognize Christmas and a “Foe” to those who censor it. The campaign educates, and if necessary litigates, to make sure that Christmas and Christian themes are not censored.

Liberty Counsel is actively monitoring cases across the country where there is intimidation by officials and groups to remove the celebration of Christmas in public and private sectors. These threats include atheist groups seeking to ban nativity scenes from public property, senior living centers that prohibit residents from singing Christmas carols, public schools that ban students from wearing the Christmas colors of red and green, school officials who censor religious words from Christmas carols and retailers which profit from Christmas while pretending it does not exist. In all of these situations, Liberty Counsel has successfully educated and reversed these anti-Christmas actions.

Except, of course, many of the issues cited by the group are either overblown or don’t exist at all. Take the case of schools banning red and green colors: if you Google this issue it turns out that the “news” stories about it are either opinion pieces from right-wing sources, or stories which actually debunk the idea in the first place.

Since well before Halloween, stores have had entire sections devoted to Christmas, with a large assortment of angels and other religious icons.

The idea that everyone around the planet is not already aware that Christmas is linked with Christianity is so laughable it’s hard to take anyone seriously if they argue otherwise.

The entire controversy surrounding whether people say “Merry Christmas” vs. “Happy Holidays”has long ago been proven to be a campaign devised by Fox News to inflame its right-wing viewership and increase ratings.

Stores which made the Liberty Counsel’s naughty list (PDF here) include:

Dick’s Sporting Goods

With no reference to “Christmas” and less than a handful of “holiday” references within product associations and advertisements, this sporting goods store remains on our Naughty List. For the second year, Dick’s Sporting Goods is on the Naughty List. Usage of generic Christmas colors in design yet lacks any reference to the reason for the season. This sports store ignores the most important gift of Christmas. Contact Dick’s to encourage the organization to include Christ in their “Christmas” Seasonal marketing plan.

Gap, Inc.

There are no references to “Christmas” or any biblical elements within products associations and advertisements. Only “holiday” is used to refer to the upcoming season. Gap has oscillated over the years, but this year it is back on the Naughty List. In 2013, after nine years of “naughty”, Bill Chandler, executive vice president for global corporate affairs at GAP Incorporated, issued a letter in which he referenced “Christmas” nine times and wrote that “every Gap outlet window will have signs that say ‘Merry Christmas,’ along with Christmas trees and wreathes throughout their stores.” Chandler concluded “. . . we hope you’ll agree that our Gap Inc. family of brands, including Gap and Old Navy, are Christmas friendly this holiday season.” In the years since the announcement, GAP has shown a decline in Christmas friendliness with reduced references on their website and in stores. 

J. Crew Outfitters

There are no references to “Christmas” or any biblical elements within products associations and advertisements. The term “holiday,” however, is used more frequently. J. Crew’s home page remains void of any mention of “Christmas.” The Gift Giving page doesn’t even use traditional Christmas colors. Contact J Crew to let them know that consumers buy their products during the “Christmas” Season specifically for “Christmas” gifts.

Stores which made the nice list include such right-wing favorites as Menards, Home Depot and Hobby Lobby.

If Christians wanted to put the Christ back in Christmas they might start by trying to make the holiday less about “things” and more about goodwill toward humanity, as it is claimed to be about.

After all, Jesus Christ (a man who appears to have had not much more than a robe and some sandals to his name) was about feeding the poor and not Black Friday.

I wonder if Christians will ever get around to boycotting Black Friday because it is so un-Jesus-like? Don’t hold your breath on that one.

Naughty or Nice List.pdf

If Christians wanted to put the Christ back in Christmas they might start by trying to make the holiday less about "things"and more about goodwill toward humanity., as it is claimed to be about.
If Christians wanted to put the Christ back in Christmas they might start by trying to make the holiday less about “things” and more about goodwill toward humanity, as it is claimed to be about. After all, Jesus Christ (a man who appears to have had not much more than a robe and some sandals to his name) was about feeding the poor and not Black Friday. I wonder if Christians will ever get around to boycotting Black Friday because it is so un-Jesus-like? Don’t hold your breath on that one.

Great moments in Star Wars marketing

I will eventually get sick of all this, but if truth be told I would totally be interested in any guy who brought this out for our breakfast coffee.

“Mmmmm…tastes like wookie!”

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Three more days until Black Friday®

In honor of this uniquely American tradition, I will post a new Black Friday item every day until the blessed event  during which we all kick off the Season of Love with rampant consumerism. 

Today we enjoy a South Park take on this magical mystery of a day.

But first our intrepid grade schoolers must settle the most contentious of age-old dilemmas: XBox or Playstation?Black Friday jefferly.com South Park

Giant retailer Zara accused of being anti-gay, anti-Semitic

A company feared and envied for its retailing prowess has had a lawsuit filed by a gay, Jewish former high-ranking employee who claims that bigotry runs rampant from top to bottom in the management structure of the company.

This is the same company that had to withdraw a handbag from its lines because it featured swastikas.

The flowers-and-swastikas handbag.

Fashion giant Zara fosters a racist atmosphere in which management ​traded offensive ​emails, ​including one depicting ​President Obama in a KKK hood, ​and an Aunt Jemima pancake mix box ​with ​a Confederate flag ​superimposed on it, according to a new lawsuit by the company’s former head lawyer in the ​United States.

Ex-general counsel for the US and Canada Ian Jack Miller filed the damning, $40 million discrimination lawsuit against the world’s largest fashion retailer in Manhattan Supreme Court on Wednesday, claiming he was fired for being Jewish, gay and American.

Zara’s founder, Amancio Orteg​​a​ — who surpassed Warren Buffet as the world’s second-richest man Wednesday with a net worth of $71.5 billion​, according to Bloomberg ​— favors employees who are like him, “straight, Spanish and Christian,” according to court papers.

Zara’s ​allegedly ​bigoted underbelly showed itself after international outcry prompted the company to pull children’s pajamas that resembled concentration camp uniforms from its racks, Miller notes.

Concentration camp uniforms? Swastikas?

I’ve never been a buyer for a clothing retailer, but I’ve been around enough to know that one of the hallmarks of people who hold those jobs is their attention to detail.

A buyer who misses important details about something on which a company will spend huge sums of money would be a buyer without a job soon enough.

Unless, of course, a retailer didn’t want to notice such things.

via: World’s second-richest man is also allegedly a huge bigot – New York Post

TBT week of 5/14/15

No, this is not me. Very funny.

I just had no amusing TBT photos of my own, so I used this one.

I remember as a little boy being fascinated by some women’s attempts to get their hair ever higher.

Which, of course, they could not have done without the use of liquid nails, aka AquaNet hair spray, quite possibly the most toxic substance in any woman’s beauty regimen.

As many young boys of the day could tell you, if you took a lighter to an aerosol can of it, it made an excellent blowtorch.

It was quite a look, was it not?
It was quite a look, was it not?

Me want

Just chillin'

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I love love. Just not Valentine's Day.

I suppose a therapist would consider it a bad sign that I keep wishing I had laser vision so I could start retail Valentine’s Day displays on fire with a single look.

It’s not the idea of the holiday so much as the execution of it.

That is, more than anything else, why I intensely dislike this mass-produced consumerist holiday that spawns more relationship fights — “That’s ALL you got me for Valentine’s Day?” — and angst amongst the single than any other day. It’s annoying. It often makes my single friends feel left out and sad.

Of course, I’m single now, so I can say this. You dare not express these feelings when you are in a relationship. Sounds as if you are trying to justify not doing anything.

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I wonder if he knows he's dressed like a minion?

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