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Human Oppression and Crimes Against Humanity as a Fashion Statement

Scott on June 25, 2007 at 12:09 pm

Since when did it become fashionable to celebrate human oppression, crimes against humanity and the suppression of human rights?

Cameron Diaz is apologizing to the people of Peru for wearing a handbag emblazoned with the slogan “Serve the People,” one of China’s Mao Zedong’s most famous slogans. Though anyone in the world should question the sanity and/or basic historical awareness of anyone who celebrates Mao, the people of Peru have an added right to question Ms. Diaz due to the fact that a Communist Chinese lead insurgency in the 1980s lead to the deaths of tens of thousands of Peruvian citizens.

Madonna, Mike Tyson and Johnny Depp all seem to think that Che Guevara and his cause should be celebrated. Unfortunately, these people and others seem to be dismally unaware of the real story behind Che Guevara…Fidel Castro’s muscle, founder of the Cuban gulag system, and chief executioner at the wall named El Paredon, stained permanently red with the blood of countless innocents who were killed with a bullet to the back of the head.

I previously have posted on the restaurant in India named Hitler’s Cross, using the notoriety of Eva Braun’s boyfriend to draw the crowds. (I wonder how that is working for them.)

I can’t help but wonder who else (or what else) we could turn into fashion accessories that would exploit past tragedies and turn them into celebrations of culture and awareness…or that would lend themselves to powerful marketing and advertising campaigns.

How about:

A Hitler book jacket for use in the junior high and high schools with one of Adolf’s favorite slogan: “He alone who owns the youth gains the culture!”

A kitchen apron (or maybe a matching set of hot pads) with a silk-screen of Hitler’s famous saying: “Demoralize the enemy from within by surprise, terror, sabotage, assassination. This is the war of the future.”

A line of fabric care (detergent, bleach, stain remover, etc) marketed under the KKK/Knights of White brand.

A necklace made out of a bullet etched with something like: “Pol Pot Forever” -or- “Who Needs Teachers”

Gardening utensils and/or potting soil marketed under the Killing Fields brand

A line of earrings made to look like miniature battery cables and etched with the names of famous dictators who enjoyed the many uses of car batteries such as Augusto Pinochet, Francois Duvalier, etc.

Anyone else have some ideas? You never know. You just might make a killing (no pun intended).

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