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Old 07-10-2002, 06:39 PM   #1
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"In This Time, Especially Post 9-11, Blah blah..."

Is anyone else tired of tributes and people endlessly invoking this?

To clarify even to the most banal, I AM NOT DIMINISHING THE TRAGEDY OR MEANING TO INSULT ANYONE'S MEMORY.

However, I grow very sick of celebrities, politicians, artists, the homeless, pizza delivery people, and my cat invoking something terrible every time they want to pull my heart strings in order to get my-attention, vote, attention, money, tip, cat food.

I actually think the more it gets used, the less impact the actual memory has on people. It's getting to be American-ized. It's like the Big Mac of tragedy.

Why do we have to run things into the ground? Why do I see idiotic blond sorority girls proudly wearing "FDNY" tube tops? Why??

Remember the events with a solemn respect. Not an ad campaign.

One more time for the cheap seats-NOT TAKING ANYTHING AWAY FROM THE HORRIBLE TRAGEDY!!

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*falls to knees pounding the ground with my fist*

yesyesyesyesyes!

I am SO sick of the whole fricking 9/11 bandwagon! Yes, it was a horrible thing that I think about a lot more than I want to, but to see all these wannabes in their SUVs driving around with "FDNY" stickers on their cars makes me sick!

I completely agree with you: the more it's used, the less impact it has.
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Old 07-10-2002, 06:50 PM   #3
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Grr...Don't get me started on how irritating the bumper stickers I see are...they're not clever, and, GUESS WHAT?? We'll Never Forget?? No kidding....

FDNY, NYPD, DKNY, C'mon, man. Just stop slapping crap on your car and actually do something for the world other than "not forget"
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I just saw a family of tourists walk by my office (near ground 0) and the kids had on "Ground Zero 2002" visors. I almost beat them to suhbmission...
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The next time you see someone wearing a top like that, remind them that 3,000 people died so they could wear it.
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point taken.

(I see these people every day - it is very hard to restrain myself...)
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The next time you see someone wearing a top like that, remind them that 3,000 people died so they could wear it.
I agree
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I agree that with all this people are becoming desensitized to what happened. Personally I find all the T-shirts, bumper stickers, hats, etc... just a way for greedy, moral and ethically challenged retailers to make of buck off of this. I no longer see signs that say: All proceeds go to the Fireman's fund charity, Red Cross, or whatever. It makes me wonder where the money is actually going to.

Also with the T-Shirts, etc.. it has a touristy sentiment like a Disney World T shirt, rather than a more thoughtful and somber sentiment.

That "Ground Zero 2002" hat really disturbs me, it's like "Wow, for my summer vacation we went to NYC.... we went to the Bronx Zoo, the Empire State Building, Ground Zero, and The Metropolitian Art Musuem, and I got all these nifty souveniors."
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You know what gets me is how everyone goes on and on about how "wonderful" it is that everybody is so patriotic after 9/11. I would much rather have back our nation's pre-9/11 patriotism level (which was still pretty high overall without being obnoxious and commercialized like it is now) AND have all the people who were killed that day still alive.
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Yeah, I was just in New York City last month and everyone has those Groun Zero shirts on. It really is weird. Its like "Oh, thousands of people died, so lets show that off by wearing these shirts!"


And the news too, I have to agree with the Daly Show[whoo] would there be less terroist in Ameirca if they stopped showing how to make 'dirty bombs'?
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I had no idea there were "Ground Zero 2002" hats and shirts. How tacky and tasteless can people be? Even if every penny went to 9/11 charities(doubtful)..its still too tacky, just give a donation rather than wear such an item.
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Hmm. Yeah, I agree how everything is overused, but there's not much to be done about it.
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I agree completely.

I think the worst I've seen yet is a whole 9/11 store in a mall -- full of merchandise that is patriotic and says things like "We'll never forget" and such.
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I totally agree with you on all this. The "patriotism" that supposedly abounds these days just seems so manufactured and commercialized. Of course, we're all upset that 3,000 people were killed, but does that mean that we all have to go run out and buy bumper stickers, t-shirts, etc? And I also can't stand it when people start chanting "USA! USA!" at big events. The rest of the world already thinks the US is obnoxious- do we have to prove them right?
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I totally agree with you on all this. The "patriotism" that supposedly abounds these days just seems so manufactured and commercialized. Of course, we're all upset that 3,000 people were killed, but does that mean that we all have to go run out and buy bumper stickers, t-shirts, etc? And I also can't stand it when people start chanting "USA! USA!" at big events. The rest of the world already thinks the US is obnoxious- do we have to prove them right?
ditto!
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