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(Gothamist)   Is it humane to bring Grumpy Cat and other Internet famous animals on publicity tours? Does all the exploitation and camera flashes make them grumpy?   (gothamist.com) divider line 111
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2013-03-11 03:54:20 PM
I believe Grumpy Cat would say, "Get that f*cking camera out of my face before I claw open your liver."
 
2013-03-11 03:59:13 PM
How would you know?

/the cat looks happy?
 
2013-03-11 04:00:16 PM
www.darcyflynn.com
 
2013-03-11 04:16:14 PM
I think it's fine.  Heaven forbid some overzealous fool try to apply this reasoning to pet shows.
 
2013-03-11 04:19:58 PM
1.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-03-11 04:26:16 PM
global3.memecdn.com
 
2013-03-11 05:21:52 PM
I honestly think that cat doesn't give a shiat one way or the other.
 
2013-03-11 05:23:35 PM
It depends on the animal. I've one cat that would be terribly afraid, I have anther that would see it as an opportunity for lots of head scratches.

You might as well ask if it's humane to take your internet famous aunt on a tour.
 
2013-03-11 05:25:27 PM
pbs.twimg.com

Cmon she looks happy
 
2013-03-11 05:25:54 PM
This is the dumbest "controversy" I've heard all day. It's a farking cat. As long as he gets fed, he doesn't give a shiat.
 
2013-03-11 05:27:08 PM
grumpy cat does what grumpy cat wants to do. now, seeing a horse on the Letterman show set makes me wonder how much trauma that poor thing went through, big city noise and smog, bright lights live audience etcetera. some people are arseholes.
 
2013-03-11 05:27:18 PM
 
2013-03-11 05:29:21 PM
I think the real question is: why the hell is there a publicity tour for Grumpy Cat and other internet memes, and who the hell goes see them?

I mean, I love a good macro as much as the next internet dweller, but come ON!
 
2013-03-11 05:30:21 PM
I have never had a cat, and I have had a many, that liked being held all the damn time, especially not by strangers.  Hell, none of them would let a stranger pick them up in the first place.  If this cat was grumpy before, she's going to go full psychotic on someone's face soon.  It will be hilarious!
 
2013-03-11 05:30:37 PM
all that matters is what YOU want
 
2013-03-11 05:31:12 PM
 
2013-03-11 05:31:54 PM
Since PETA is okay with this, I'm against it.
 
2013-03-11 05:33:37 PM
img707.imageshack.us
 
2013-03-11 05:36:17 PM
How many hours at a time was this kid used as a prop at the 2008 RNC convention?
i50.tinypic.com
 
2013-03-11 05:37:50 PM
Is all the Random Capitalization in that article Supposed To Be Funny? Also, I don't know why anyone would line up to see Grumpy Cat in person.
 
2013-03-11 05:40:28 PM
Like people, animals all have different personalities.
 
2013-03-11 05:44:48 PM
Since when did South By Southwest become all about stupid memes? Featuring Scumbag Steve there is beneath what SXSW used to be.
 
2013-03-11 05:47:18 PM
For cats: it's ok only if they're 'tarded.

For dogs: it's okay only as long as you don't make them ride in the cargo hold of anything.
 
2013-03-11 05:48:49 PM

velvet_fog: This is the dumbest "controversy" I've heard all day. It's a farking cat. As long as he gets fed, he doesn't give a shiat.


That's why I keep my cat permanently locked in a pet carrier. But I always make certain to pour food in through the air holes in the top twice a day, so I'm sure he's perfectly happy.
 
2013-03-11 05:48:50 PM
Obviously flashes are forbidden
 
2013-03-11 05:49:57 PM
"A lot of people think we are exploiting the cat, but..."

So all the money you are getting is going to the cat?

No, it isn't. So don't say you aren't exploiting when you obviously are.

/people
 
2013-03-11 05:55:15 PM
As long as we don't waterboard them, we're cool.
 
2013-03-11 05:56:29 PM
More humane than bringing that "free cat", anyway.
 
2013-03-11 05:56:42 PM

Rich Cream: "A lot of people think we are exploiting the cat, but..."

So all the money you are getting is going to the cat?

No, it isn't. So don't say you aren't exploiting when you obviously are.

/people


What, would you imagine, Grumpy Cat would do with money?
 
2013-03-11 05:57:21 PM
Let Grumpy Cat be. The owners know what's best for her and they know when to give her the rest she needs. Besides, the money they are making off of her will pay her Vet bills for a while.
 
2013-03-11 05:58:25 PM

Treygreen13: Rich Cream: "A lot of people think we are exploiting the cat, but..."

So all the money you are getting is going to the cat?

No, it isn't. So don't say you aren't exploiting when you obviously are.

/people

What, would you imagine, Grumpy Cat would do with money?


Anger management classes and genetic testing to see what the fark is wrong with it.
 
2013-03-11 06:02:45 PM
You know, grumpy cat is lucky. If he were a chicken, we would normally just eat him. Doing little or no work, he's actually supporting his human, not the other way around. So good for his owner. Whoever complains is just secretly jealous.
 
2013-03-11 06:03:31 PM
If a cat is upset, it WILL let you know. And you WILL know it, oh yes.
 
2013-03-11 06:07:01 PM
There was a very fat kitty who showed up at an animal shelter. The shelter milked it for all the publicity they could get. They flew out to NYC with the cat to show him off on some daytime shows. The cat died a week later of a heart attack.

So, no. If you have an animal with some kind of health problem or genetic defect, you don't tote it around.

The article mentions that Maru's owner refuses to do any kind of PR stuff, even at Maru's own home. I have a lot of respect for that person.
 
2013-03-11 06:11:17 PM

Treygreen13: What, would you imagine, Grumpy Cat would do with money?



Not saying that he should get it. Only that they are exploiting the situation (cat's popularity) while denying doing that very same thing.
 
2013-03-11 06:16:03 PM

Treygreen13: What, would you imagine, Grumpy Cat would do with money?


Grumpy Cat would sleep on it while gently inhaling the odor of crushed dreams and misery that might be on the bills.
 
2013-03-11 06:19:00 PM

Rich Cream: Treygreen13: What, would you imagine, Grumpy Cat would do with money?


Not saying that he should get it. Only that they are exploiting the situation (cat's popularity) while denying doing that very same thing.


But that's just it. He's a cat. He'll lay around and look grumpy whether or not he's famous. They're not selling his fur to make Grumpy Quilts. The owners of Grumpy Cat taking him to a music festival so he can be petted and ooh'd and aah'd over isn't exploitation because Grumpy Cat doesn't lose anything. Because he's a cat.

And the money/fame will guarantee that the cat can have the best food/treats/toys/medical care for the rest of his life.
 
2013-03-11 06:19:55 PM
You look grumps... who's grumps?!
 
2013-03-11 06:26:08 PM

Treygreen13: But that's just it. He's a cat. He'll lay around and look grumpy whether or not he's famous. They're not selling his fur to make Grumpy Quilts. The owners of Grumpy Cat taking him to a music festival so he can be petted and ooh'd and aah'd over isn't exploitation because Grumpy Cat doesn't lose anything. Because he's a cat.

And the money/fame will guarantee that the cat can have the best food/treats/toys/medical care for the rest of his life.



You need to lose something to be exploited? Ummm, no.

1. use or utilization, especially for profit: the exploitation of newly discovered oil fields. 2. selfish utilization: He got ahead through the exploitation of his friends. 3. the combined, often varied, use of public-relations and advertising techniques to promote a person, movie, product, etc.  
You're arguing 2. I'm saying 1 and 3.
 
2013-03-11 06:26:09 PM
cache.io9.com
 
2013-03-11 06:26:56 PM
Reddit in my Fark? It's more likely then you think...
 
2013-03-11 06:27:49 PM
Rich Cream:
1. use or utilization, especially for profit: the exploitation of newly discovered oil fields. 2. selfish utilization: He got ahead through the exploitation of his friends. 3. the combined, often varied, use of public-relations and advertising techniques to promote a person, movie, product, etc.
You're arguing 2. I'm saying 1 and 3.



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2013-03-11 06:30:10 PM

Rich Cream: Treygreen13: But that's just it. He's a cat. He'll lay around and look grumpy whether or not he's famous. They're not selling his fur to make Grumpy Quilts. The owners of Grumpy Cat taking him to a music festival so he can be petted and ooh'd and aah'd over isn't exploitation because Grumpy Cat doesn't lose anything. Because he's a cat.

And the money/fame will guarantee that the cat can have the best food/treats/toys/medical care for the rest of his life.

You need to lose something to be exploited? Ummm, no.

1. use or utilization, especially for profit: the exploitation of newly discovered oil fields. 2. selfish utilization: He got ahead through the exploitation of his friends. 3. the combined, often varied, use of public-relations and advertising techniques to promote a person, movie, product, etc.  
You're arguing 2. I'm saying 1 and 3.


Oh, so what you meant was the neutral definition of exploitation. So using him in any way is "exploitation". Got it. Would taking a picture of him and putting it on a website be exploitation, under your definition? How about letting someone come see him at their house? Also exploitation, right? How about telling somebody about Grumpy Cat? Also exploitation?
 
2013-03-11 06:31:02 PM

Treygreen13: Rich Cream: "A lot of people think we are exploiting the cat, but..."

So all the money you are getting is going to the cat?

No, it isn't. So don't say you aren't exploiting when you obviously are.

/people

What, would you imagine, Grumpy Cat would do with money?


Buy $1000 worth of cat toys. And you can't take them back because they've got spit all over them.
 
2013-03-11 06:33:53 PM

Tyrone Slothrop: Treygreen13: Rich Cream: "A lot of people think we are exploiting the cat, but..."

So all the money you are getting is going to the cat?

No, it isn't. So don't say you aren't exploiting when you obviously are.

/people

What, would you imagine, Grumpy Cat would do with money?

Buy $1000 worth of cat toys. And you can't take them back because they've got spit all over them.


Something tells me Grumpy Cat probably wouldn't have interest in cat toys. He looks like he wants steak.
 
2013-03-11 06:37:45 PM

blacksharpiemarker: Reddit in my Fark? It's more likely then you think...


Just as long as you don't get any 4chan in it.
 
2013-03-11 06:41:21 PM
Question implies you've never tried to travel with a cat

Try traveling with a cat and question become self-negating
 
2013-03-11 06:41:59 PM

moops: blacksharpiemarker: Reddit in my Fark? It's more likely then you think...

Just as long as you don't get any 4chan in it.


Oh that would be just something awful.
 
2013-03-11 06:45:49 PM

Tyrone Slothrop: Treygreen13: Rich Cream: "A lot of people think we are exploiting the cat, but..."

So all the money you are getting is going to the cat?

No, it isn't. So don't say you aren't exploiting when you obviously are.

/people

What, would you imagine, Grumpy Cat would do with money?

Buy $1000 worth of cat toys. And you can't take them back because they've got spit all over them.



You a truly a wild and crazy guy.
 
2013-03-11 06:46:58 PM
I would be whoring that little son of a biatch out like... ___________________!
 
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