Tuesday, March 06, 2007

Ethical dilemma

Leslie Magnets:
Exploitative or super-nifty?
Please share your thoughts.


Pete here. I called Book People's 800 number, and according to them, Leslie was consulted about the magnet, and he gets a portion of the sales. The employee was sketchy on the details but said that he thought it was around 20% of sales. The buzz is that Leslie has bought a new shed and a TV with this money.


Blogger la rebelde said...

uhhh...super-nifty gone really wrong AND exploitative? I mean, the guy may have Madonna-like star quality as the website says, but doesn't something like this belittle the very real experiences of homelessness and the particular ways in which homeless people face violence, whether it be through hunger, sexual abuse, mental illness, physical illness, police harassment, multiple other forms of harassment, etc? I just think it's messed up to make someone who doesn't have a refrigerator into a paper-doll magnet to grace the refrigerator door as a focal-point of humor. It's not funny. Seems like anti-p.c. (post-p.c.?) privilege to me. Not that I'm down with p.c.ness, but youknowwhatimean.

March 07, 2007 12:27 AM  
Blogger la rebelde said...

hmmmm...at least he's getting some of the profits. but i still think the whole deal is shady. what do y'all think?

March 07, 2007 5:24 PM  
Blogger lo said...

I think that you're right. Not even the fact that Leslie bought a new shed with the cash can fix the way that these trivialize homelessness.
I think I'll save me dinars.

March 09, 2007 5:29 PM  

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