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Thursday, December 07, 2006

…AND THE BEAT GOES ON – HAPPY HOLIDAYS IS BEING PROTESTED (AGAIN!)

Just received this doozy in my email the other day:”Gap, which owns Old Navy, Banana Republic, Forth & Towne and Piperlime, has become the latest politically correct retailer, intentionally censoring the use of "Christmas" in their in-store, online and printed advertising. Instead of referring to the season as Christmas, Gap instead uses the word "holiday." As hard as we tried, AFA could not find a single instance in which Gap-owned stores use the term "Christmas." Not a single time! When one Old Navy store manager was asked by AFA if the word Christmas was in his store, he answered, "We have a lot of Christmas gifts in our stores, but the word Christmas is not used here. Everything is 'holiday.'" Gap wants you to do your Christmas shopping with them, but they don't want to mention the Reason for the season. Gap doesn't want to offend non-Christians by using Christmas. The fact that their censoring the use of Christmas might offend Christians seems to be of no importance.”

Oh my stars and garters, we certainly can’t provide nods to the diverse subsections of our culture, now can we? We most assuredly can’t slap on various extra mottos, like say, ‘Have a ripper Ramadan’, or ‘Happy Hannukah’, ‘Kwanzaa yenu iwe na heri’ or whatnot, can we?

/sarcasm off

Of course, it provides a link threatening a general boycott by (guess who? Yep, got it in one) Christians, who of course want to shove their bloody religion down everyone’s collective throats. Striking yet another blow for intolerance. Never occurred to these flapdoodle fools that it’s simply more economical, and appeals to a broader demographic, ey?

I’m not a huge advocate of political correctness, but sometimes right is right, and wrong is wrong, regardless of what political/sociological umbrella it falls under.

Time better spent feeding the poor, and fixing the problems our country suffers from, I’d say.

Here’s the link, in case you feel a little feisty, and want to do a bit of mischief. Be forewarned, though: you’ll start getting emails from these idiots.

And have a slammin’ Solstice on me (figuratively speaking, of course).

L’Chaim!

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7 comments:

beepbeepitsme said...

I think I will make a conscious effort to say "happy holidays" just to piss some people off. (Yes, I am like that.)

They have the right to make a demonstration of their religious beliefs through saying "Merry Christmas".

They do not have the right to infer, demand or suggest that I must also make the same demonstration.

Nor do I have to say "Happy Hanukkah" or "Happy Diwali.

Krystalline Apostate said...

BBIM:
They do not have the right to infer, demand or suggest that I must also make the same demonstration.
On an individual level, hell no. On a business level, a boycott is actually a legitimate way to get a point across. For instance, I will NEVER purchase/drink a Welch's product, as it was created by the Birch society.
It also used to be, that Coca-cola had an investment in apartheid. It's a great way to get a point across.
In this case, it's stupid & mean-spirited. But legal.

beepbeepitsme said...

Yeah. I know what you mean. I don't buy certain cereal products because they are affiliated with religious corporations.

Anonymous said...

I’m not a huge advocate of political correctness, but sometimes right is right, and wrong is wrong, regardless of what political/sociological umbrella it falls under.

Yah. As I like to point out, just 'cause it's not politically correct doesn't mean that it is correct. It bugs me when people assume that just because and idea is offensive to some people that thus the idea must hold merit. (shrugs) Being offensive isn't ANY indication of truth or validity, in either direction.

... and you have a slammin' Solstice too!

(ponders) I wonder how long it would take me to starve to death if I only patronized stores that would wish me a lovely Solstice.

Stardust1954 said...

With all the other huge problems in the world like mass starvation, mass murder/genocide, global warming, disease, war and oppression, it seems absurd for these xian jackasses to be protesting/boycotting over a greeting that is said by a check-out clerk they don't even know, in a retail store after greedily spending hundreds of dollars on crap no one really needs during the great "season of greed and gluttony."

They decorate their homes with pagan trees and decorations to celebrate their jeebus's birth along with inflatable Winnie-the-Pooh's, Santa Clauses, fake reindeer...side by side with their nativity scenes. Then after all this bizarre and greedy activity they are going to complain about how retail stores are "persecuting them" and undermining the "true" meaning of their precious baby jeebus's birth by saying just what it is...a holiday to celebrate extravagance and capitalism.

Xians always want to have their cake and to eat it too.

Maggie Rosethorn said...

Darn. I tried to send the following to the email address (via the weblink you supplied..snicker), but got a response that the GAP was blocking emails from their site. (haven't figured out how to use HTML tags yet, so all the following is my email)

I am delighted that your company recognizes that there are other holidays celebrated in December besides Christmas. While I would not be upset at a "Merry Christmas" greeting, neither would any other holiday greeting bother me. (As an agnostic, I don't believe in a god being, but do celebrate the winter season.) I am glad that you and your company realizes this, and I will continue to patronize your stores.
End Email.

I figured it would be fun to send some support to the GAP.

Have a Slammin' Soltice yourself.

karen said...

Nice comments all.

I'm kinda glad now that I got my son a sweater and shirt from a Banana Republic outlet while on vacation this summer. I usually don't shop there.

Happy Solstice everyone!