Opinion editorial by WBZ NewsRadio political analyst Jon Keller
BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Perhaps you’ve heard by now about the two hipsters from Atlanta who are marketing a new sweatshirt line – hoodies emblazoned with the names of infamous school-shooting massacre sites and riddled with bullet holes.
These atrocious attempts to exploit tragedy were rolled out to approving noises from the gullible dopes in the fashion world, but once real people found out about them, the reaction turned sour.
“Under what scenario could somebody think this was a good idea?” tweeted the father of a Parkland victim.
Wrote the family of a teacher slaughtered at Sandy Hook:“Our pain is not to be used for your fashion.”
“Don’t you dare make money off our tragedy,” added a Columbine survivor.
I would have let this slide as just another in a long line of incidents of greed-crazed creeps trying to cash in on their lack of taste and compassion. But the statement by one of them defending his work caught my eye as a classic of the genre.
So, let’s parse some of, shall we?
“Sometimes life can be painfully ironic,” wrote Brick Owens. “Like the irony of dying violently in a place you considered to be a safe, controlled environment, like school.”
Here, Brick demonstrates he does not know what the word “irony” means, but is happy to use it to make a vile dollar.
“We are reminded all the time of life's fragility, shortness, and unpredictability yet we are also reminded of its infinite potential," he writes.
English translation: I saw a chance to turn some blood-soaked bucks, and I took it.
Potential list price for these atrocities: over $200.
I have a better idea – boycott all products peddled by these vultures, and send them a message they might understand.
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