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(Daily Mail)   Never go Full Retard: Kenneth Cole has been accused of 'mocking war to sell fashion'. Tweets, 'Boots on the ground or not, let's not forget about sandals, pumps and loafers'   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 98
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2013-09-05 10:53:17 PM

phenn: Cagey B: Oh good, more manufactured outrage.

Okay, so I'm not 'outraged' by some idiot's remarks. However, it was enormously disrespectful and let's just try to agree on that. Loss of life isn't really a nice tagline for selling your crappy shoes. His marketing department might want to smarten up just a tad.


So, yeah, you are outraged.

It's terribly disrespectful to all those US troops we sent to Syria.  And I will personally apologize to each and every one of them.
 
2013-09-05 11:03:34 PM
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2013-09-05 11:08:48 PM

Aquapope: phenn: Cagey B: Oh good, more manufactured outrage.

Okay, so I'm not 'outraged' by some idiot's remarks. However, it was enormously disrespectful and let's just try to agree on that. Loss of life isn't really a nice tagline for selling your crappy shoes. His marketing department might want to smarten up just a tad.

So, yeah, you are outraged.

It's terribly disrespectful to all those US troops we sent to Syria.  And I will personally apologize to each and every one of them.


Nope. I'm really not. It's just some dimwitted marketing intern saying some dimwitted shiat on twitter. Disrespectful and life goes on.

I've been in marketing/advertising/creative direction for a boatload of years and it's always a smart go to avoid being overly topical to fling your wares.

That's all.
 
2013-09-05 11:11:00 PM
Sounds like he's getting

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ReverendJynxed: A bad Reaction


/FTFY
//YEEEEAAAAAHHHHHH
 
2013-09-05 11:14:05 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Kenneth Cole? Who the fark shops at Kenneth Cole?


I bought a pair of suede loafers with a sneakerish sole on 'em as a casual summer shoe, about 65% off or so. From a third party retailer though, not at one of their stores. I like 'em a lot for what they are, though I wouldn't have spent retail on them.
 
2013-09-05 11:14:24 PM
I like how most of the outrage is centered around the perceived disrespect for actual serviceman who will most likely have minimal, if any involvement in Syria, but not much in regards to the innocent civilians including children currently residing there who will only continue to be in the crosshairs of any action.

If you want to bawww over something, at least pay attention to the specifics of the particular conflict.
 
2013-09-05 11:18:52 PM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Kenneth Cole? Who the fark shops at Kenneth Cole?


Dudes who like dudes.
 
2013-09-05 11:20:55 PM
I didn't even know who the asshole was until I read the article.
 
2013-09-05 11:22:05 PM
Meh, not really funny enough to be offensive, IMO.
 
2013-09-05 11:23:19 PM
The joke about PTSD was in bad taste.
 
2013-09-05 11:23:25 PM
http://i1106.photobucket.com/albums/h361/nighttimer/obama-shoulder-br u shjpg.gif

As the President likes to sing: "...N***** is crazy baby, don't forget that boy told you..."
 
2013-09-05 11:26:26 PM
Oh wait, looks like they deleted this one:


RT  @KennethCole Our fall fashions will give you PTSD -- Pretty Terrific Shoe Disorder!
 
2013-09-05 11:35:41 PM

jennyz: Oh wait, looks like they deleted this one:


RT  @KennethCole Our fall fashions will give you PTSD -- Pretty Terrific Shoe Disorder!


I didn't see this. That is pretty horrible taste.
 
2013-09-05 11:36:57 PM
Am I the only one who thought he was mocking the expression of "boots on the ground" and not the actual concept of war?

Then again, I'm not your typical internet retard.  Sorta like this...

"Straightjacket feeling" or not, remember to try out blazers and windbreakers.
 
2013-09-05 11:37:58 PM

pla: Sorry Subby, but of all the worthless pastimes we humans engage in, I'd call "war" just about the single most mock-able.


Twitter is probably a close second, though.
 
2013-09-05 11:44:28 PM

1derful: With the new Kenneth Cole fall line, you're going to be a weapon of mass seduction. Our couture is the bomb. It will be hard for guys not to cross the red line when they see your sassy couture, so it will be up to you to set the rules of engagement. Our styles are flying off the shelves so fact that we hardly have time to bag em and tag em, so if you want to shock and awe everyone this season, look for Kenneth Cole wherever fine products are proliferated.


My fav was "weapon of mass seduction." Nice.
 
2013-09-05 11:52:22 PM
David St. Hubbins: It's such a fine line between stupid, and uh...
Nigel Tufnel: Clever.
David St. Hubbins: Yeah, and clever.
 
2013-09-06 12:05:24 AM
No, what's offensive is the idea that people are paying $250 for a pair of uncomfortable shoes that will fall apart in three months.
 
2013-09-06 12:10:05 AM

feckingmorons: That tweet seemed like a good idea to someone.

It wasn't.


Agreed.

Seriously, who the fark tweets about sandals after Labor Day?
 
2013-09-06 12:13:01 AM

adamatari: War should be mocked, until people stop making war frivolously.

fark "credibility" and the military-industrial complex. The hawks are the one who should be laughingstocks.


this
 
2013-09-06 12:16:23 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: GIS for most german

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hugelolcdn.com i139.photobucket.com
 
2013-09-06 12:16:50 AM
Just one more person trying to use war to make money.

/oh noes
 
2013-09-06 12:19:25 AM
And yet, when a congressman thinks war is in fashion, we give them billions of dollars...
 
2013-09-06 12:20:24 AM
I could see Lysol getting in on this advertising opportunity.... or Beano.
 
2013-09-06 12:20:56 AM
I think I just figured this out: J Peterman took over!
 
2013-09-06 12:21:05 AM

phenn: Aquapope: phenn: Cagey B: Oh good, more manufactured outrage.

Okay, so I'm not 'outraged' by some idiot's remarks. However, it was enormously disrespectful and let's just try to agree on that. Loss of life isn't really a nice tagline for selling your crappy shoes. His marketing department might want to smarten up just a tad.

So, yeah, you are outraged.

It's terribly disrespectful to all those US troops we sent to Syria.  And I will personally apologize to each and every one of them.

Nope. I'm really not. It's just some dimwitted marketing intern saying some dimwitted shiat on twitter. Disrespectful and life goes on.

I've been in marketing/advertising/creative direction for a boatload of years and it's always a smart go to avoid being overly topical to fling your wares.

That's all.


No, this isn't careless intern shiat. This is 100% calculated.

This is the same Kenneth Cole that used Twitter to promote a spring fashions during Egytian riots.

They know exactly what they are doing. The downside is minimal and the free press is substantial.

Some "emerging media" hack is getting high-fives over this stunt as we speak.
 
2013-09-06 12:22:04 AM
Really? I have to do this myself?

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-09-06 12:27:27 AM
The fashion industry is ruled and worked by people without souls.

This has long been public knowledge.
 
2013-09-06 12:31:32 AM

ZeroCorpse: The fashion industry is ruled and worked by people without souls.

This has long been public knowledge.


While I don't disagree, are you arguing that these people are soulless because they mocked a phrase that has been constantly spit out by the MSM for the past week to the point we're all sick and tired of it?
 
2013-09-06 12:51:34 AM
He said this kind of sh*t when the riots in Egypt happened too. He's doing this for publicity, and the media suckers bought it again. Stay tuned for the fauxpology again.
 
2013-09-06 01:05:11 AM
I assume that the Dumbass tag refers to the dozens of people who found this offensive enough to make an issue of it.
 
2013-09-06 01:18:46 AM
Why would anyone give a flying fark about this?
 
2013-09-06 01:34:37 AM

sethen320: Why would anyone give a flying fark about this?


Speaking as somebody else who loves that phrase, have you seen this? (PNSFW if you have a really shiatty boss)
 
2013-09-06 01:43:02 AM

Cagey B: Oh good, more manufactured outrage.


As a Soldier with 20 years in and three combat tours, I can tell you most of us don't give a flying fark. Funny how it's usually the teabagger crowd that gets outraged...but they think sequestration in okay...

/EABOD, teabaggers...
 
2013-09-06 02:13:15 AM

phenn: Cagey B: Oh good, more manufactured outrage.

Okay, so I'm not 'outraged' by some idiot's remarks. However, it was enormously disrespectful and let's just try to agree on that. Loss of life isn't really a nice tagline for selling your crappy shoes. His marketing department might want to smarten up just a tad.


Seems to me they got the recognition they wanted from the blurb. Seems to be you're the one who should smarten up a bit. They knew this was going to go viral. It's not the first time Kenneth Cole or other brands have posted similar remarks. And to be fair, this time is actually warranted. When a brand does it with a natural disaster? Yeah, I can see the bad taste. For a man-made concept like war? fark THAT.
 
2013-09-06 05:24:12 AM
Cole is an ass. A few months after 9/11, I saw a Kenneth Cole billboard on the West Side Highway in lower Manhattan that read, "Fires. Corporate scandal. Terror warnings. Wondering what else is in store?"

The idiocy of using a veiled reference to 3,000 dead people to increase the brand awareness of a line of unremarkable clothing wasn't what set me off when I read the billboard's blasé question. It was the attitude. Oh, yawn...the American mainland was attacked for the first time since 1812. Thousands dead. Been there, seen it, bought the tee-shirt. Then, as an afterthought: Hey, why not buy one of my shirts?
 
2013-09-06 05:36:03 AM
The purpose of the tweets is to mock just how fashionable war and violence have become.

What's soulless is the lack of outrage over the actual violence going on, as well as our plans to commit humans and other American resources to yet another Mideast cluster fark.

Watching news clips and talking about these conflicts in 'appropriate serious tones' does not automatically make you a serious and respectful follower of these conflicts. As a society, we are clearly not upset by the suffering of people in these regions. If anything, our service people and their families seem to resent them, but oh we do just love to keep up with the latest in violence and misery far far away.

And just to preempt some inevitable outrage, I'm from a location with a strong representation of all branches of the military. I have interacted with many members of the armed services for the entire duration of our engagement in Affhanistan and up to this day. I have never once heard a single one speak compassionately about the civilians in the regions they've been sent to. Should they feel compassion? I don't know about that, I think its understandable to feel resentful of a people you've been sent to protect in a lose lose dumnass scenario, but if the reason we're sending troops and resources to Syria is because of crimes against humanity, I do think our armed representatives should be somewhat behind that sentiment.
 
2013-09-06 06:01:11 AM
Kenneth Cole shoes = shiat.

Allen Edmonds = Top drawer stuff.
 
2013-09-06 06:36:34 AM
All through history, it's always the entitled, pampered, privileged so called "elders" of our societies that cause war. Why?
They're assholes, that's why.Our system picks the worst kinds of individual for running our shiat: Middle-aged men with dick issues. Right or left, dictatorship or democracy, conservative or liberal, it doesn't matter. Age does not equal wisdom in most cases. It does equal stubbornness.

And all of us "subjects" just encourage then, blindly following them, stupidly putting them on pedestals treating them like deities, rather than with the scorn they deserve.
 
2013-09-06 07:08:58 AM
War is business.
Our corporate overlords demand it
 
2013-09-06 07:16:52 AM
What, we're not allowed to mock war, now? It's become a good thing, one we shouldn't say mean things about?
Oh, no - actually, f**k you!
 
2013-09-06 07:23:53 AM
In order to make amends Kenneth Cole could easily supply the military their boots, complete with shoe boxes for the troops to come home in.
 
2013-09-06 07:31:48 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: GIS for most german


The goddamn Germans got nothin' to do with this!!!

i1.ytimg.com
 
2013-09-06 07:54:23 AM

cptjeff: sethen320: Why would anyone give a flying fark about this?

Speaking as somebody else who loves that phrase, have you seen this? (PNSFW if you have a really shiatty boss)


If I didn't have a 12 yr old creeping around the house I would definitely be making a purchase. I do have it in mind as a gift for someone though.
 
2013-09-06 07:57:00 AM

Cagey B: Oh good, more manufactured outrage.


Why don't you support the troops?!?!?!!?!
 
2013-09-06 08:04:29 AM
I laughed. I don't even see how it's offensive giving who said it.
 
2013-09-06 10:00:19 AM
Meh, the guy's an unfunny douche but this isn't anything to get offended over.
 
2013-09-06 02:03:43 PM
I thought he was mocking the euphemism of saying "boots on the ground" instead of "sending your fathers, mothers and children to die in a foreign country" with a bit of "You go to war with the army you have...not the army you might want or wish to have at a later time" thrown in to sweeten the irony.

Pfff. Americans. No sense of humor.
 
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