This does the exact opposite of whatever “holding back” would be in this scenario. Holy shit.
I posted that over in odd stuff, as I was not sure where to put it… I had forgotten about this thread… Here it is:
Small blessings, eh?
Also good grief, fashion houses have their heads just incredibly far up their own asses, don’t they? Ugh.
They absolutely usually do. I wonder if fashion houses run by women or people of color or working class people or queer people do better on that count?
United Colors of Benetton has used shocking imagery on billboards for decades (i.e. photos of family members comforting an emaciated family member dying of AIDS, various victims of violence, interracial/same sex intimacy in times and places where those things made people uncomfortable) but the campaigns always had the flavor of “creating awareness for taboo issues” rather than “blatant commercialization of tragedies.” You can’t buy a blood-soaked shirt from Benetton, for example.
IMO, that flavor of “creating awareness for taboo issues” was always just a rather flimsy excuse to hide behind, while generating free publicity out of the good old wheeze of provocation/shock. This one even works on two levels, enabling Benetton’s target demographic to “rebel” against their parents while wearing nice clothes for a change.
I still think the context is pretty different.
For example, the billboard depicting AIDS activist David Kirby on his death bed was used with the explicit blessing of the Kirby family. I can guarantee you that no Sandy Hook parent gave their blessing to sell clothing commemorating their child’s death with a hoodie riddled with fake bullet holes.
The context is selling clothes.
I don’t think David Kirby’s family saw it that way.
Probably. Doesn’t change the setting, though - ad for a clothing company.
There are other ways of raising awareness of problems that badly need fixing.
What we really need is a “” option for stories like this. Or maybe “” option. That would work too.
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