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gaelgirl gaelgirl 9 years
i don't think anyone's religion should be used for a laugh, really. to some of us, religion is very serious & important. i guess if religion plays a light role or none in your life, it would be no big deal. but to me, it's like someone poking fun at my mom on a lip balm. not cool
jiujiu jiujiu 9 years
i think if enough people complained then it's probably not worth keeping the line. topshop wants to keep their client base happy right? I don't especially like the idea of using something that people so highly value and making it into a joke. Everyone certainly has the right to be offensive, but can't we all just get along? more than anything, i think it's a lack of creativity when the only marketing gimmicks people can think of involve Jesus/Buddha/Muhammad.
k8-rckstr k8-rckstr 9 years
Its a matter of interpretation...all I'm saying is that there is a large population of people who are going to interpret this product line as being insulting and inappropriate, and for those reasons I think that it should be pulled from shelves.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 9 years
I am a catholic and i am not offended by this stuff. In fact i have a "buddy jesus" from Dogma on my desk right now. he makes me smile. I agree K8 Swangeese needs to zip it about religion.
k8-rckstr k8-rckstr 9 years
Swangeese - saying "Let's face it, organized religion is essentially a fairytale designed to control people." is completely ignorant and completely your own opinion, not a fact. As i am awesomeness has stated, people DIE for their religious beliefs, and I'm fairly certain those people don't see it as a fairy tale. Jesus is not the same as Cinderella, and the fact that you claim them to be on an equal par tells me you arent a person of true faith. All we're saying is have respect for the people who are religious. In my opinion it would be most respectful and appropriate to just leave religious figures out of marketing campaigns.
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
ITA! I see a lot of merchandise with the Star of David or images of people making jokes about the beards grown by Hasidic Jews. Buddha is also used a lot, regarding his presumed gluttony, when that is totally offensive. In my knowledge, Buddha was so large because he is supposed to represent fulfillment of joy, eternal happiness, satisfaction, and all that good stuff. It really bothers me to see people make fun of other religions because I can totally relate. It's not ok.
i-am-awesomeness i-am-awesomeness 9 years
Religion is deeply personal. It transcends boundaries set by ethnicity, age, gender, etc. People will die for their religion, because they have such deep faith. I'm not saying that everyone has to be all morbid, I'm just saying that a person's religion, or lack thereof, dictates the way they live their life even more than they would realize-- even more than any other factor. Differences in religion has caused wars and will continue to.
Frenched Frenched 9 years
I agree with people who have said that this has overstepped boundaries. Just because it's "cute" and "cheeky" doesn't mean that it's appropriate and right. You just shouldn't mess with religion.
ModernGraceKelly ModernGraceKelly 9 years
Isn't someone always in an uproar about something? People do get so easily offended. Religion is a subject that needs no more conflict than it already has. I would never buy it. I think it's someone's idea of a joke, gone wrong.
pureintuiti0n pureintuiti0n 9 years
awesomeness, why do you say religion is off limits? Just because you feel strongly about it doesn't mean others do as well. I'm sure there are plenty who would argue that ethinicity should be off limits. I think this beauty line is in "good taste."
candyshowers candyshowers 9 years
I have the Looking Good For Jesus tote. I think the whole line is a lot of fun. Its a shame that people can't take it for what it is.
Swangeese Swangeese 9 years
I don't find it offensive in the least. In fact, I'd probably buy it! It's certainly a lot better than other Jesus merchandise I've seen. And that's stuff that is supposed to be 'inspirational' to Christians. Let's face it, organized religion is essentially a fairytale designed to control people. In time people likely will think of the Abraham religions like we think now of the Olympic gods. Jesus likely never existed and had he existed we'll never know the truth about his life. Over time the Bible was edited and parts thrown out by the Church. And that's assuming that the authors were honest in their accounts to begin with. Not to mention that Jesus is an important prophet in Islam. I'm a deist, but I also know that my belief in God has no rational or scientific basis. The price of free speech is that someone somewhere will be offended. Nobody's religion is more special or important than another's. And speaking of Mohammed, the offensive cartoon has been republished. As it should be.
k8-rckstr k8-rckstr 9 years
snarkypants snarkypants 9 years
i think they're cute and funny. :SHRUG:
Bee333 Bee333 9 years
Would some of you view this differently while knowing that Christians persecution worldwide is at a high, as in, people are being tortured and killed? Some numbers are saying even more than in past history! The country in which this was released is among many who are NOT supportive of Christianity. Journalists--you should be reporting on that! Why would people who live in a country where there is freedom of religion push something that perpetuates mockery of a religion in a country that doesn't have same freedoms? What is the saying? "Ignorance is bliss" esp if you can turn a cute profit off of it.
k8-rckstr k8-rckstr 9 years
Even looking at the pictures of these products makes me feel sick.
k8-rckstr k8-rckstr 9 years
There are so many other themes out there to choose from... I don't understand why they can't just leave religion out of it... its not something that should ever be used as a marketing tool... I don't care if you're Christian, Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish... anything that has religious or spiritual meaning to ANY religion should be viewed as sacred and not humourous.
bidds626 bidds626 9 years
didn't a line do this already? I remember a "wash away your sins" line with similar products, even a communal wine chapstick!
Bee333 Bee333 9 years
I love how Christians are called 'intolerant' and every other name in the book, but it's OK to mock the religion and expect Christians to take it. Jesus would not laugh at or about this. It's a mockery. You and I know this line was created to make a controversial buzz. Pathetic.
Bee333 Bee333 9 years
I don't find this cute or funny..I just find it stupid and I can understand why someone would find it offensive.
pink-elephant pink-elephant 9 years
haha..this is hilarious! Very cheeky!
k8-rckstr k8-rckstr 9 years
i am awesomeness - I totally agree with you. These products are offensive. I dont care how you want to go about making money, just don't use my religion as a cheap schtick. And insulting the Catholic Church in a public forum is in the same bad taste as creating a beauty line centred around the Lord. Exploiting Jesus Christ to make a profit is disgusting. It doesn't matter to me whether you agree with what the Catholic Church teaches or not, have respect for people who practice their religion and don't mock their faith for money.
Bookish Bookish 9 years
I think it's bizarre, and a little funny.
creepupmytee creepupmytee 9 years
well I'm from Singapore and Singaporeans LOVE making complaints. haha.
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