Sunday, August 24, 2008

Interlude


Question: Do you find the above picture hilarious or offensive (or both)?

I don't usually tease what's ahead on this site, but trust me -- this will be important later.

31 comments:

Ben Fleming said...

Important later? Oooh. Will there be a Great Cottonball Giveaway we don't yet know of?

VOTAR 4 PREZODENT said...

Cotton balls?









....OH SHIT I JUST NOW GOT THIS!!!

trish said...

Hilarious.

celery said...

walgreens and the depicted set up are offensive.

failblog.org and DEM are hilarious and estimable for calling them out on it.

having said that, i wonder if the photo is a fake.

Chez said...

Doesn't really matter whether it's fake or not -- was your first reaction laughter or outrage?

Ike said...

I'm offended that something as vitally important to our economy as cotton balls is only being provided at a 'discount' during Black History Month, the shortest month of the year.

Walgreens is obviously in the pocket of Big Cotton, squeezing working families to line their pockets.

Chez said...

You rule, sir.

celery said...

fair enough.

my first reaction was laughter that anyone would be so stupid as to put this display in a store.

i'm not trying to be difficult, but my reaction is related to whether it's fake.

i would be offended if someone put this image together, trying to be funny by playing off of slavery. because i took it to be real, however, i laughed (and shook my head) at the ridiculous mishap. the word "FAIL" added to the humour (or the inhibition to laugh) because i knew that the poster was seeing things critically.

given that i don't know the purpose of your question, i'll shut up now.

kelley said...

my first reaction was that someone (read: random part-time employee probably assigned to put up signs randomly throughout store) was just not thinking, and was sticking signs wherever... I don't tend to read into things... I could see how someone could be offended, though.

Anonymous said...

If they put the cotton there, where are they stocking the tar babies?

Bill Mill said...

My first reaction was to laugh, because it's funny. My second was to read the comments and determine that ike Wins.

largo said...

What if you think offensive IS hilarious?

Anonymous said...

First reaction -- what idiot did that? That's just stupid. Though I imagine some people will be grievously offended.

Jeana

floatilla said...

Okay I am assuming that the picture has something to do with race...hence I ask....what? I am black and even I dont get the cotton wool thing...explain, por favor....:)

VOTEEFUS JACKSON said...

It's clearly a photoshop (at least the sign is), but a very good one.

Layers and layers of teh funnay.

Anonymous said...

Yeah but is it a REALLY good deal on the cotton balls otherwise it's just a one of those fake promotions where they raise the prices and then try to pretend like it's a sale. You know it's true.

What's on sale the following week? Shake n' bake for chicken?
Watermelon lip smackers?

TheReaperD said...

Actually, I too have no idea why the cotton balls would be offensive. Would someone care to explain?

(I was born well after Jim Crow was buried by the Supreme Court and most of my family was of the "what's the big deal" attitude at the time.)

Melissa said...

Actually, I've seen pretty much this same display at my local Walgreens. I thought it was funny, like the giant Black History sign on the front door of a local KFC. But then I tend to laugh at things that might outrage other people.

Anonymous said...

Slaves picked cotton. Cotton doesn't otherwise have anything to do with black history.

Peanuts and dynamite is what should be on sale.

Felis Femina said...

It's hard to read typed sarcasm... floatilla, thereaperd, do you seriously need to have the joke explained? Okay, I'll bite.

Cotton. Slaves picked cotton. Slaves were black. Black History month sign on cotton balls. Any questions?

Phil said...

Things that are deliberately offensive are so common these days -- on the internet, in particular -- that sane folks don't bother getting worked up over them, but if the only other candidate is hilarity you can put me down as offended. I'll carry a grudge for that, but should grow beyond it if whatever you're teasing is really, really good.

Suzy said...

what do oil of olay (walgreens brand), fake eyelashes, and nail polish remover have to do with black history month? are they making fun of cher? diana ross? and why so far back in a corner of the store? hatin' on drag queens?

sheeit.

Mr. Controversy said...

The only way it could have been worse is if they had Jet Magazine, Jheri Curl kits, "My First Child Support Payment" checkbooks, and copies of "Baby Mama" and "The Jazz Singer" in the display as well.

Can you tell I laughed on first glance?

Anonymous said...

...I wonder if anyone got one of their black friends to pick them up some cotton balls from Walgreen's during that month...

Because that would be hilarious!

TheReaperD said...

@Felis Femina:
I know, on a site with so much biting sarcasm, it can be hard to spot a legit question.

Actually, I didn't have any idea. I can't say that I "get it" but, thank you for explaining it. My girlfriend didn't know either. My dad probably would have but, I wasn't going to phone him and ask him.

em said...

Love it. Hilarious. Now if only I could get PetCo to have dog leashes, dog crates, and puppy treats on sale during Asian History Month...

Anonymous said...

See, offensive is if they put it by the moonpies and RC cola (I love both by the way)...but what do I know? I'm from Memphis.

b80vin said...

My first reaction was to laugh at the stupid, not the offensive; the stupid being the store did not see the iconic imagery. Then, when I thought it was photoshopped I was offended, until I took into account the "FAIL", and found humor. Finally, I thought what if someone was being ironic? What if this is a subtle way of saying, "Never forget, never forgive."

Than I thought, naw fuck it, it's just RETARDED and slightly funny and there's no reason to be overwrought over something this petty whichever way I look at it.

Chi Dingo said...

I had the same reaction as Votar. Cotton Balls?????



Oh Holy Shit Chez!!! I am sorry but that is funny. Inappropriately funny to be exact!

Anonymous said...

After careful analysis of the picture I'm pretty sure that it's not a result of Photoshop. The cotton ball display was more likely the result of fucktard employees messing with a temporarily empty display case in order to make a racist joke, photograph it and share it with the world. Notice that the case is barely stocked and the pegs' positions don't let the bags sit properly. The one bag per peg aspect smacks of a rushed get-them-on-and-snap-a-pic-before-the -the-boss-sees prank. It's precisely the sort of shit a racist employee would do when confronted with a "Black History Month" sign that sits by the front door. Of, course, if a African-American did the prank, then it's cool. The whole notion of Walgreen's "celebrating" Black History Month is what I find hilarious.

-Mollymauk

Dan Carlson said...

First reaction: Laughter.

"Heritage: Ur doin it wrong."