Seems the mental health community is up in arms, so to speak, about this “crazy for you” bear sold by Vermont Teddy Bear. The bear, in case you haven’t seen it, comes complete with straitjacket and committment papers for $70. I think the only thing that’s offensive in this scenario is that there is a stuffed animal for sale for $70.
Really, if you don’t like the thing, YOU DON’T HAVE TO FUCKING BUY IT. But now, nobody can, which isn’t a GREAT loss, but why should a company have to pull as innocent a product as a damn teddy bear, because it makes a few people, um, crazy?
Fuck that. Let the market handle it, if it’s not a danger to the public (i.e. won’t choke kids or spontaneously combust) then who cares? Obviously they’ve been selling this bear for some time with relative success, and the only ones bitching are the so-called advocates. Fuck 'em. Get this, you PC hack assholes. YOU DO NOT HAVE THE RIGHT NOT TO BE OFFENDED.
In FACT, YOUR non-existant right not be offended is ABSOLUTELY TRUMPED by the ‘offending’ persons’ FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHTS. Sure, it may not be tasteful, but the only things that ought be forced out of the market are things that are a danger, and the things that the market will not, um, bear (oh boy, that was bad).
Anyhow, screw Vt. Teddy Co. for caving, and screw the advocates for whining about it.