Jingoism for Dollars: How to Make a Quick Buck

Death Of Osama PartyChuck Sudo writes at Chicagoist:

We shouldn’t be shocked that businesses and budding entrepreneurs use historic moments to parlay them into a little bit of scrilla. It’s the American Way. We stopped counting the number of knock off t-shirts printed to commemorate President Obama’s election, or Michael Jackson’s death two years ago, or Sears tying advertising to the recent tornadoes in the South, or the seemingly endless stream of “Never Forget” paraphernalia that still trickles from the 9/11 faucet and businesses that still hold Martin Luther King Day “white sales.” We’re not even shocked that a trove of merchandise and events capitalizing on the Osama bin Laden raid are already up and looking for someone’s discretionary income. We only question the taste of some of the endeavors.

The photo in this post comes from a Miami nightlife promoter who wasted no time in organizing a “Na na na, Hey Hey, Goodbye” party to celebrate bin Laden’s death at a strip club, with the late al Qaeda leader’s image photoshopped onto a flyer with two women we can assume aren’t virgins he met in the afterlife.

Capitalizing on Osama’s death isn’t relegated to just the titty bars. Online t-shirt resource Cafepress.com sent out press releases yesterday declaring themselves a “cultural barometer of public opinion.”

“The CafePress community of 6.5 million users has already created over 1,000 new products in less than 24 hours,” the press release read. That community has already created t-shirts and other tchotchkes with slogans such as: “America: Winning!”; “Sorry it took so long to get you a copy of my birth certificate. I was too busy killing Osama Bin Laden”; “5/1/11: We Remember 9/11”; “Osama Bin Hit”; and “Justice Served.” Perfect for the person in your life who expresses his patriotism with a coffee mug or a baby onesie.

Read the full post at Chicagoist

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  • Anonymous

    “Greed will always find a way”

  • MoralDrift

    “Greed will always find a way”

  • Symbollocks the Druid

    I think the titty bar went in the way wrong direction with this one. I have to say that nothing quite takes the edge off well polished wood like the image of a dude superimposed OVER two primo samples of eye candy.

    Especially a thin, whan little creature who, actual reputation and history aside, has a face that looks like it belongs more in a junior high AV club than a titty bar or battlefield. Especially a dead one, the recent photographs of whose mutilated corpse are now haunting the internet.

    I imagine the genius entrepreneurs of the King of Diamonds have copies of this poster hanging over their salad bar. Totally wretch inducing, any way you look at it.

  • Symbollocks the Druid

    I think the titty bar went in the way wrong direction with this one. I have to say that nothing quite takes the edge off well polished wood like the image of a dude superimposed OVER two primo samples of eye candy.

    Especially a thin, whan little creature who, actual reputation and history aside, has a face that looks like it belongs more in a junior high AV club than a titty bar or battlefield. Especially a dead one, the recent photographs of whose mutilated corpse are now haunting the internet.

    I imagine the genius entrepreneurs of the King of Diamonds have copies of this poster hanging over their salad bar. Totally wretch inducing, any way you look at it.

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