Chuck 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