Friday, November 16, 2007

unbelievable

This makes me want to vomit.

And I am so very happy it's funny to some people. I really am. Perhaps next we can have a fashion show for refugee wear and a line of kiddie toys for abused kids. Or hey, how about a line of kitchenware for starving children?

These are human beings in suffering. They are not your commodity. Not for your production and consumption. And certainly not for your amusement. I am so glad everyone is being "really sensitive" to his needs and he's "actually really happy" but you know, how dare you.


Homelessness is not a spectator sport. Nor is it cause for celeb. And it's really not funny. It's human beings suffering. Human beings are suffering every single day because they lack adequate housing. Because they are suffering in poverty. Sleeping under bridges. In cars. Alleys. Alone. Cold. Hungry.

And yet even here capitalism reigns. Shame on you.

45 comments:

Annie said...

So very sad.

Janet said...

"No money, no problems."

Seriously? Can we put a tagline on homelessness? Apparently, we can brand anything in Western society.

I'm shaking my head in disbelief over here.

biodtl said...

That's terrible. They should be ashamed.

Karen said...

oh, how awful. I had no idea this was happening - I'd never heard of those movies either. It is really shameful the way people are perfectly wiling to trade in humanity for their own gain - not realizing they are selling a little piece of their own humanity in the bargain. I'm just so saddened by this.

Kyla said...

"And yet even here capitalism reigns. Shame on you."

You are too right. It makes me feel sick, you know? And what Janet said about taglining homelessness? It is also too right and too sad.

Everything is a commodity to be bought and sold, even human suffering.

patches said...

I don't have the words for this...it illustrates my disappointment in society.

Julie Pippert said...

Oh. Oh Jen.

I think his sister has nailed it. And to call something to do with a person repackaging...I think that is the real revealer.

His story is so tragic. I watched a guy I knew slide from a similar life of promise into homelessness due to mental illness. Family tries to help but it's so hard.

Heartbreaking.

Julie
Using My Words

b*babbler said...

I had to stop reading the article I was getting so angry.

This is horrific. Truly horrific.

Her Grace said...

So very, very shameful.

Arwen said...

Schizophrenia is such a difficult deisease to deal with, to paraphrase the article: 'short lucid sentences intermixed with lots of nonsense'. That's what is going on his brain at the same time. For these 23 year old Beverly Hills kids to take advantage of that is disgusting.

ewe are here said...

No Money, No Problems. 5% of net profits. Gaw!

The whole thing stinks from one end to the other... and I really feel for his sister who's tried so hard to take care of him all these years.

thailandchani said...

Capitalism is not a victimless crime.

Everyone needs to think about that the next time they mindlessly consume or buy something because it's the "in" and "trendy" thing to do.

PunditMom said...

OMG, no one should be profiting from that. Disgusting.

Mad Hatter said...

Today is a bad day. The world is nothing but a sinister place today. I must go look for stories of grace to restore my faith in humankind.

QT said...

I think there is a special place in hell reserved for those three young "entrepreneurs" if you can even apply that terminology.

hel said...

Oh Jen.

I don't know what to say.

Except I wish I could sit with you and talk.

Magpie said...

Oh, that is indeed appalling.

Kelly said...

That is ALL KINDS of horrid. Un-fucking-believable.

we_be_toys said...

amen sister!
Excellent Post.

painted maypole said...

yikes. a $98 hoodie with the picture of a homeless guy on it? and the man gets a mere 5% of the profits? insane.

liv said...

that is f*cking repugnant,and I hope people start boycotting K*tson

Wayfarer Scientista said...

Angry right there with you.

Family Adventure said...

Disgusting. Appalling. Pathetic.

I am shocked.

Heidi

meno said...

Maybe we should tell some rape jokes, because those are about this funny.

Jennifer said...

God, this is really awful. The more I read, the worse it got. A $98 hoodie? Designed by 23 year olds who grew up in Bevery Hills? 5% of the profit? What is wrong with people??

Amanda said...

I don't remember when I lost the ability to deny basic truths like smoking kills and suffering isn't my fault or responsibility.

It did, though.

In every grizzled face, in each threadbare shirt and ill-fitting coat, for each verbal parking lot attack at a tennis shoe swinging toddler I feel a sense of duty.

At times I am torn between fighting the suffering or the legions guilty of an appalling refusal to see or act beyond laughing.

I am so sorry for the pain this causes you, but I am so grateful there are heats and consciences out there like yours.

Lawyer Mama said...

That makes me sick too. A NINETY EIGHT dollar hoodie???? While that poor man's life and likeness is slapped on the back of sweatshirts? For 5% of the NET profit?

Those kids should be ashamed. I know I am.

Amy Y said...

What the hell is wrong with those people???

KC said...

Shameful. Utterly shameful. How ugly can we be?

Denguy said...

You tell 'em Jen.

mitzh said...

Some people just don't think and it's sad..Some whether they do admit it or not just really care for themselves..

flutter said...

That is pretty f'in gross. Where is the respect? Honestly.

Bon said...

it's not decent, is it? there is so much of this, and i know i'm part of it in many ways, even though i don't want to be...because it's damn near impossible to pay enough attention to the capitalist process behind so much of what i covet, buy, think "cool."

Chani's right...it's never a victimless crime.

odd facts said...

Sad. Sad. Sad.

Maddy said...

Good grief! Whatever next?
Cheers

crazymumma said...

shame indeed.

wouldn't it be grand if they got a taste of what his life might be like.

sorry, thats vengeful and not evolved. But as you said to me over at my place, being civilized is exhausting.

Jocelyn said...

I have officially decided, with a knot in my stomach, that there is NOTHING people in this country won't package and market.

Puke.

kristen said...

I feel sick. And obviously those three wannabe's don't realize the very fine line that we ALL live/walk. A nightclub and clothing line? Are these brats for real? Entitled and spoiled is what they are. Karma kickback is a bitch and these kids are first in line.

blooming desertpea said...

So, that's how far we've travelled, eh? Sad, sad indeed ...

L.P. said...

that is so a reflection of humanity in the western world right now...everything has a dollar value and everything is disposable and you don't need to take resoponsibility. no money no problems????
stupid idiots.
leeches.

Emily R said...

That someone would try to make money in this way does not surprise me. But that people actually buy it is astonishing.

kellypea said...

Only in LA. How disgusting. And then to say it's not really making any money yet? For god's sake, beat the dead horse one more freaking time already, LOSER!

Momish said...

You have to wonder who the sick people are such a scenerio. The man on the streets with a severe and pervasive mental illness or the losers at their desks wondering how to exploit it.

His sister broke my heart.

Momish said...

Just one more thing...
The entire tone of the article was enough to make me vomit. The whole "impartial" voice when that would have been a perfect opportunity to nail the bastards and put a real perspective on the plight and problems with mankind today.

The writer of the article should be ashamed of themselves as well.

Ally said...

Wow, I hadn't heard of this, and like you, I am appalled. "No money, no problems," my ass. More like "no scruples, no soul." Sheesh.