The set up: 25 year old woman buys $69 “Obama is my slave” shirt and subsequently gets spit on and has her earphones taken out.m Now she’s suing the shirt maker. I guess it’s one thing to wear an inflammatory shirt but completely another to design it. Clearly her decision to wear a shirt that caused such a reaction was directly influenced by the availability of the shirt.
Not justifying the alleged beat down she got, but chances are good that if she would wear such a shirt, she might be the type to say similarly satiric things that may have left her in much the same situation.
Not that the designer is a catch himself.
This isn’t Braun’s first sartorial criticism of the Democratic presidential presumptive nominee. He has also sold shirts with slogans such as “Jews Against Obama,” “Obama = Hitler” and “Who Killed Obama?” — which he claims was so popular, he moved 1,200 pieces.
“I can’t stand Obama,” Braun says, adding that it’s not because the Illinois senator is black. “That’s the only thing I like about him. He opens the door for other minorities.”
“He reminds me of Adolf Hitler,” Braun explained, adding he does not like Obama because “he is a Muslim” — a thoroughly debunked myth. (New York Metro)
Oh hipsters. Prejudice isn’t satire, nor is the consistent spread of misinformation and hate. Nice try though.
side note: $69? For iron on letters? Really? Does hipster humor cost that much these days?
Image from: The Steel Closet
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UPDATE, for those still checking:
The man, the store, and the t-shirt, sadly, <a href=”http://nymag.com/daily/intel/2008/07/how_to_succeed_in_tshirt_busin.html” rel=”nofollow”>all seem to exist</a>. The lawsuit, however, seems to be pretty much <a href=”http://gawker.com/5026752/race+baiting-media-whore-is-a-credible-source-to-one-dumb-paper” rel=”nofollow”>a load of BS</a> and an attempt for the designer to get publicity.
Hipster humor may also be dangerous for paper editors:
A tipster tells us that Mark Bulliet, an editor at NYC’s throwaway free morning paper Metro, has been fired.
As we told you last week, that story’s only source was the crappy designer who had sold the t-shirt, and it’s likely the whole thing was a tasteless, racist publicity stunt that Metro fell for. A source tells us that Bulliet had an intern do the story despite its incredibly poor sourcing. (Gawker)