"Just when I thought I saw everything possible, along comes something new to shock the hell out of me."And so this week with all the news, good and bad, going from Iran, Iraq, the Baker Report, Hamas, Hezbollah etc. etc. and etc. - I came across this little gem of a find.
T-shirts are damn big business. Just ask the owners of CafePress.com. They lived the dream starting off in a garage and growing to a multi-million dollar company, while allowing others as well to get in on the act. Their original premise is to produce items for everyone to buy. It basically works like this and you can go to their home page and see it there.
- You choose an object you want to sell in your store. Such as a mug, a T-shirt, a greeting card etc.
- You upload your picture (graphic).
- You place an order for how many you want.
- You put up a store and sell this home-made incredible gift to other people.
Of course these days you are going to find anything on T-shirt. The more crass, the more disgusting - the cooler you are. So be it. Fads are all over. And freedom of speech reigns.
Yet even the T-shirt category can shock. It can totally and completely shock by the absolute "tastelessness"?, "hatred"?, "immaturity"?, "vindictive stupidity"? or just plain imbecilic stupidity that recently appeared up at CafePress.com and folks remember - CafePress does the printing and publishing, NOT the person selling.
I cannot even begin to imagine the sick mind that came up with this. I cannot even imagine the sick minds that thought this cute enough to spend money on and then wear. I cannot even imagine the lack of humanity that must be inherent in any individual who wears such a T-shirt and displays it on their chest. I cannot think of anything that one should do for someone who like pictured below, wears this T-shirt for attention. Is it for a laugh? At what? At who? At bars of soap? At crematoria? At orphans? At widows? At millions of people slaughtered?
So I can only thank our lucky stars that some sane person saw this T-shirt and promptly notified the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) who promptly made it incredibly clear that to the idiots at CafePress.com just what they were going to do.
"It is incomprehensible to us why anyone would create a t-shirt that makes light of the mass murder carried out at a former Nazi concentration camp," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. "While we understand the genre of novelty shirts, we also believe that retailers bear a responsibility to ensure that their products do not cross the line into causing offense or pain to others, or trivialize important and serious subjects like the Holocaust. We are gratified that CafePress.com has acted responsibly and removed these shirts from their Web site."One would think I should thank CafePress.com and be gratified for pulling the T-shirt off their site forthwith, even though they did not answer the email. (Probably because their Lawyers warned them that answering the email is acknowledgment and thus they may be admitting some culpability in the whole scene.)
I am NOT thanking them. Indeed I am wondering just how far things must go on before sanity takes over.
CafePress.com produces these T-shirts. They print them. Not the guy who made the graphic. Where the hell was their quality control? Where the hell were their brains? Where the hell was their responsibility to ensure that the stuff they put on their web-site would not land them in deep shit.
Do yourself a favor if you respect your own humanity. When you see the idiot or one of his friends pictured below walking down the street, don't let it just go by.
DO ANYTHING YOU DARE TO.
DO NOT ALLOW IT TO PASS IN SILENCE.
Because when we allow society to turn Auschwitz and all that name represents and means into a joke, we are one step away of allowing it to happen all over again.
And that thought dear reader, should scare the shit out of anyone.