Counter_Intelligent: I think it's fine. Heaven forbid some overzealous fool try to apply this reasoning to pet shows.
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.
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.
i upped my meds-up yours: How could GC's handlers tell if she liked meeting thousands of random, possibly smelly people all fondling her and going kittykittykittykittykitty?For that matter, how could they tell if she liked anything?
atomicmask: Just when I think user content is better entertainment then paid television, I see this shiat and realize its about 5 times more retarded then any jersey shore or any other MTV trash can ever be.its a cat with a stupid face, the joke was over after the first picture.
gregscott: 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.
My personal fave:
doglover: People who use flash photography on animals should be beaten on the soles of their feet with reeds until they can't walk, and then pelted with ice berg lettuce heads and rotten tomatoes until they manage to crawl out of town or we run out of nasty produce.Also we should kindly they don't do it again, at the edge of town, but still kindly.
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./peopleWhat, 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.
maxheck: How many hours at a time was this kid used as a prop at the 2008 RNC convention?
Treygreen13: 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?
Treygreen13: What, would you imagine, Grumpy Cat would do with money?
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