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#1 compl3x

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Posted 25 May 2014 - 12:33

No, we are not kidding. Yes, someone thought that this would be a good idea, and someone designed and manufactures it. Gothamist brought us this terrible news.

 

A cheese plate shaped like a map of the continental United States would be unusual and unwieldy, but kind of patriotic. Maybe it would work for a highbrow Independence Day celebration. It’s the three dots on the map signifying Arlington, VA, Shanksville, PA, and New York City that make the plate unappetizing.

 

Gift shops are a big revenue center for museums; no one disputes that. Most of the items in the museum are at least on theme and not completely crass. Still, some victims’ families find the entire commercial enterprise distasteful. Is it in poor taste to sell beautiful photos of the Twin Towers when they stood? What about stuffed search and rescue doggies?

 

“It’s hard to corporatize something that is essentially a cemetery,” one Manhattan resident who was a preteen at the time of the attack told the New York Post.

 

This 9/11 Cheese Plate May Be The 9/11 Museum’s Most Tasteless Souvenir [Gothamist]

 

http://consumerist.c...ke-a-fine-idea/




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Posted 25 May 2014 - 13:02

I'm in the "who cares" department...



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Posted 25 May 2014 - 13:09

I'm in the "who cares" department...

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Posted 25 May 2014 - 13:15

There's a section of the populace that don't understand how to mix dignity and remebrance.



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Posted 25 May 2014 - 14:04

It sums up America's shameless obsession with capitalism perfectly. If it will make money someone will do it.



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Posted 25 May 2014 - 15:48

It sums up America's shameless obsession with capitalism perfectly. If it will make money someone will do it.

Just so you know all the proceeds from sales in the gift shop go to expenses incurred for the memorial to help keep it open.



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Posted 25 May 2014 - 15:54

Just so you know all the proceeds from sales in the gift shop go to expenses incurred for the memorial to help keep it open.

Along with the $24 admittance fee.



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Posted 25 May 2014 - 16:01

Just so you know all the proceeds from sales in the gift shop go to expenses incurred for the memorial to help keep it open.

Does that make it any less tasteless?



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Posted 25 May 2014 - 16:34

Just so you know all the proceeds from sales in the gift shop go to expenses incurred for the memorial to help keep it open.

 

I guess they could make 9/11 themed dildos and buttplugs, too. But should they?



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Posted 25 May 2014 - 17:12

Along with the $24 admittance fee.

Exactly!

 

Does that make it any less tasteless?

You didn't mention taste in your post.  You mentioned capitalism as if they're making a profit from it.

 

I guess they could make 9/11 themed dildos and buttplugs, too. But should they?

I guess the discussion is where does it go into bad taste.  I don't understand how the items they are selling make it so horrible and tasteless. If people found them tasteless and they didn't buy them then they would just be removed from the inventory.

 

 They're selling things and charging admission to keep a memorial open so people remember what happened and what was lost.



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Posted 25 May 2014 - 17:31

Forget cheese platters, the whole idea of a gift shop and charging admission to a memorial is pretty tasteless. Aren't most memorials funded by private organizations and tax money and open freely to the public? They claim they can't scrape up enough money to pay for the 9/11 memorial but they sure have plenty to throw away on other useless crap, and of course their war machine.



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Posted 25 May 2014 - 17:56

They've been making 9/11 merchandise for a long time now, before this memorial thing existed.



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Posted 25 May 2014 - 18:44

You didn't mention taste in your post.  You mentioned capitalism as if they're making a profit from it.

It's being sold to make money, hence capitalism. The money might be for a good cause but that doesn't make it any less crass or cynical.



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Posted 25 May 2014 - 19:11

Just so you know all the proceeds from sales in the gift shop go to expenses incurred for the memorial to help keep it open.


Someone made it and sold it to the gift shop. Probably not because they had a few hundred spare hours and leftover cheese making supplies.

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Posted 25 May 2014 - 20:19

Are we sure all profit goes to maintaining the memorial? I'm sure that wouldn't be right.