Yes folks, this photo is from an actual ad – in Time Magazine – for holiday shopping. Now your toddlers can don the image of a marxist murderer!
But wait! There’s more! This holiday season, for that rebel teen in your family that prefers camouflage to khakis, there’s a matching Che t-shirt also from Burlington Coat Factory!
That picture is a vidcap from Burlington’s latest tv ads, the video of which can be viewed here.
I cannot, for the life of me, understand this phenomenon. Do we really live in a country where the words “under God” in its pledge of allegiance are offensive and the promoting of murderer is not?
Is this the country that I live in? Is this a country that sits idly by while iconic images of a man who himself is responsible for the deaths of thousands of Cubans proliferate? A man in charge of the firing squads at La Caba?a Prison ordering excutions and torture? A man that during the Cuban Missile Crisis actually preferred a nuclear holocaust so that his “New Man” could rise from the ashes of millions of dead human beings? (source)
And where does this love of murderers end? Will we allow ourselves to accept merchandise for children with pictures of Hitler or Mao or castro or Stalin? Isnt this in effect having children promote the murder of millions? Children advertising genocide?
BOYCOTT BURLINGTON COAT FACTORY
PROTEST Saturday Dec. 4, 2004 at noon at Burlington Coat Factory stores
MIAMI: 11301 NW 12TH Street, Miami, FL 33172
NEW YORK: 707 6th Avenue, NY, NY 10010
LOS ANGELES: 22835 Victory Blvd., WEST HILLS, CA 91307
SAN FRANCISCO: 899 Howard St., San Francisco, CA 94103
WASHINGTON D.C.: 3524 South Jefferson Street, Baileys Crossroads, VA 22041
I dont know how much good these boycotts and protests will do. If the people making, selling and advertising these images of Che Guevara have not learned by now what kind of a man he was, what he truly stood for, then I fear they will never know. Capitalizing on iconic images of a mass murderer that preached the evils of capitalism and fought tooth and nail to destroy it.
Oh, the bloody irony.
There’s only one photo of Che Guevara that merits such grandiose appeal. This one.
UPDATE: An update to this post can be found here.