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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.com/2014/05/22/sure-a-terrorist-attack-map-cheese-plate-sounds-like-a-fine-idea/

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

"The 9/11 Memorial, a non-profit organization, does not receive federal, state or city funding, and 60 to 70 percent of its budget comes from tickets, online sales and the gift shop, says the memorial's communications manager, Anthony Guido."

 

Source: NPR

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It's a non profit organization with very high salaries for the board and those who run it ;)

Non profit org is such a misnomer and generally don't mean what people think it means.

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It's a non profit organization with very high salaries for the board and those who run it ;)

Non profit org is such a misnomer and generally don't mean what people think it means.

It doesn't mean that people who work for non profit, make no money, it means at the end of the fiscal year, they have a profit of $0.

meaning any extra money they have, they spend it to achieve their goal.

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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.

 

This has nothing to do with the fed and your irrational hate of the Military, the land and building have always been owned by NYC, mismanaged by the same people that created the "non profit" to line their pockets with, NY Liberal at their best 

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Ridiculous!

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Maybe if Congress could get over itself and provide funding to the museum and memorial, tickets and gift sales wouldn't be needed at all. You can't just run this for free, someone has to pay to keep the place open and if the government is too incompetent to handle it, the museum will have to do it itself.

 

"Sen. Tom Coburn is blocking legislation that would provide $20 million a year in federal funding for the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at ground zero, demanding that co-sponsors of the bill come up with cuts to pay for the spending, his office confirmed to POLITICO."  http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0212/72292.html#ixzz32lWg9Nv1

 

Of course what else would you expect from the guy who "initially opposed federal funding for first-responders injured by the toxic cleanup in the wake of the terrorist attacks." - http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/02/01/fiscal-hawk-blocks-federal-aid-for-11-memorial-museum/
 

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Could be worse...

 

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This has nothing to do with the fed and your irrational hate of the Military, the land and building have always been owned by NYC, mismanaged by the same people that created the "non profit" to line their pockets with, NY Liberal at their best 

 

I don't hate the military, I hate them being used as world police in places we have no business being or the ridiculous amounts of money wasted on it that could be put to far better use helping people at home and fixing our infastructure.

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It doesn't mean that people who work for non profit, make no money, it means at the end of the fiscal year, they have a profit of $0.

meaning any extra money they have, they spend it to achieve their goal.

As I recall from another topic ,non profit doesn't evened mean non profit, but more of limited profit or something.

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As I recall from another topic ,non profit doesn't evened mean non profit, but more of limited profit or something.

 

nonprofit organization (NPO) or not-for-profit organization is an organization that uses surplus revenues to achieve its goals rather than distributing them as profit or dividends

 

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