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Remove Fake Voudon Window Display for Halloween


Society & Culture  (tags: Halloween, voodoo, fonculture, africanreligion, voudon, windowdisplay, non-christianreligions )

BMutiny
- 424 days ago - change.org
Vodoun-themed window display, using faux sacred Fon iconography, is culturally insensitive, it insinuates that a world religion that has been viciously and incorrectly maligned for centuries is "spooky"; maligns African-derived religion as "Halloween-y".



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GGmaSheila D. (169)
Tuesday October 29, 2013, 6:41 pm
Gladly signed and noted. Thanks for pointing this out. I never think twice when I see decorations like this...now I'll be more aware.
 

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil (464)
Tuesday October 29, 2013, 6:42 pm
The Vodoun-themed window display, using faux sacred Fon iconography, is culturally insensitive, as it insinuates that a world religion that has been viciously and incorrectly maligned for centuries is "spooky"

and upholds the specious belief that African and African-derived religion and culture are "seasonally appropriate" to sell Autumn/Hallowe'en-inspired items.

[Store is American Apparel.]
 

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil (464)
Tuesday October 29, 2013, 6:45 pm
Is it Voudon or Vodoun, or is either "correct"? or any other spelling? It's Haitian Creole {orig. French}.
 

Mary T. (321)
Tuesday October 29, 2013, 7:12 pm
Signed & noted - thank you BMutiny
 

Bryna Pizzo (139)
Tuesday October 29, 2013, 10:54 pm
Thank you! (s, n, p, t)
 

Sherri G. (117)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 12:40 am
Signed and Noted TY B also thanks for the spammer information. Couldn't agree with you more.
 

AniMae Chi (434)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 3:28 am
Thank you for signing the petition
"Remove the window display in the 183 E. Houston Street, NY, NY 10002 store."
with 4,043 supporters
957 NEEDED
 

Charmaine Shannon (45)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 4:00 am
Thank-You.... Signed and Noted !!
 

. (0)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 5:16 am
Signed and Noted.
 

pam w. (191)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 5:32 am
Wonder if they'd have a window display with Jesus and Mary in Halloween costumes? Or...how about the ''HOLY GHOST?" Think THAT would be ok?
 

Natasha Salgado (579)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 6:52 am
Done-thx BM
 

SusanAWAY Allen (219)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 6:52 am
Noted, signed and shared with 4103 supporters. Most of you know that I care not for religion, however, if you're going to make fun of one, you should be making fun of them all. I agree with pam w., would they display jesus this way? This is more a matter of racism than anything else.

I do flag the spammers everytime I see them as well. I have found the "flag as inappropriate" link to be missing as well at times, but generally it comes back if I reload the page.

Another interesting note or I found it interesting. As many petitions as I've signed, this was the first time that the "other" petitions to sign that pop up after signing the initial one, that I got a petition to "dismantle Obamacare." I know "Change.org" changed management some time back and petitions are not always of a progressive ilk, but I still found it surprising and wanted to mention it here.
 

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil (464)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 10:13 am
Pam, I LOVE that about the "Holy Ghost"! Yes, that's a Halloween store display idea! Wouldn't last an hour!!!

Susan, Yes, people have been mentioning that the "flag" thing is sometimes missing, but as you say, it comes back after re-loading the page. Better tell people that.
I got the same thing as you did, about the "other" petitions - something from the Rethugs, I forget what.
A while ago, Change.org changed their policies in lots of ways - a bunch of us were going to BOYCOTT it - but, there were Petitions on there about Gay Rights, for example, that weren't anywhere else - so, reluctantly, I went back to there -- what can ya do? We protested to no avail... and as I said, some of these Petitions just aren't anywhere else. And they are important ones!

There is a real "Arms Race" with the Spammers, a techno race, Care2 puts up filters for one bunch, it lasts for a while, then ANOTHER bunch figures out the tech know-how to get PAST those filters. And so it goes.

This recent bunch of Spammers, has the ability to GET ON PRACTICALLY EVERY CAUSE THREAD AT ONCE! as well as on News Items!
It is IMPORTANT that EVERYBODY realizes, these are NOT the "people" pictured - some obnoxious but pretty young person selling "work from home". That is NOT who they are; and NOT what they are selling - just SUGAR FOR THE FLIES, nothing more or less!!!!!
[My conclusion is, they are doing IDENTITY THEFT - but, whatEVER it may be, you can be SURE it is DECEPTIVE, PREDATORY AND ENTIRELY ILLEGAL OR THEY WOULDN'T "ADVERTISE" IN THIS WAY.]
The picture is apparently what fools the filters - and, when Care2 is snoozing, our Flags don't get responded to - which is on the weekends, which the Spammers are fully aware of!
Care2 in the past, has done nothing about Spammers WITHOUT CONSIDERABLE PRODDING BY US - so, that's what it will take again! Without being so obnoxious to Care2 that you get kicked off - we need to make the effort, BEYOND just Flagging!
Can it really be beyond Care2's financial ability, to have SOMEBODY "on duty" TWENTY-FOUR/SEVEN - while their tech people work on FIXING the filters once AGAIN??? You can contact Care2 about this...
 

Angelika R. (144)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 10:17 am
Signed, thx Barbara!
 

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil (464)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 12:15 pm
For another example of GROSS INSENSITIVITY using Halloween as an excuse:
Please Note and Sign the Petition:

'End Sale of Halloween Costume Mocking Anorexia'

http://www.care2.com/news/member/911530155/3663363

Gosh, it never ends! Go to the lowest depths, just to make a sleazy dollar! No matter whom it might hurt!
Mocking a disease, a mental condition.... that KILLS people... causes huge suffering to families...
That's your Capitalist Competition....
 

Winn Adams (205)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 3:34 pm
Signed
 

Dave C. (227)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 4:24 pm
thanks, and really appreciated the email about spam and reporting....petition for 24/7 tech supervision???
 

SuSanne P. (186)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 4:32 pm
Thank you Barbara for addressing this GROSS ATROCITY! Pam I'd send you a Galaxy of Stars if I could:).
Thanks for signing and entire news. Signing http://www.care2.com/news/member/911530155/3663363 right now.
You are such an inspiration .
 

SuSanne P. (186)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 4:36 pm
Thank you Barbara for addressing this GROSS ATROCITY! Pam I'd send you a Galaxy of Stars if I could:).
Thanks for signing and entire news. Signing http://www.care2.com/news/member/911530155/3663363 right now.
You are such an inspiration .
 

Laurie H. (731)
Wednesday October 30, 2013, 10:48 pm
More than happy to sign this BMutiny!! RESPECT is so lacking & needed in our times now------So Many Thanks for shinning light where it is so needed!!!!!~~~
 

lee e. (114)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 6:41 am
I've never seen these displays - maybe because in NYC we have more respect for the homogenous cultures that have made up the city - or maybe I'm not looking - either way gladly signed - and thanks for bringing it to my attention!
 

Joanne Dixon (40)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 11:10 am
Regarding what the spammers are REALLY trying to do, here's a link to a Daily Kos article about another possibility:
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/10/22/1249662/-Spammers-are-using-Daily-Kos-for-Search-Engine-Optomization
 

tas away m. (338)
Thursday October 31, 2013, 1:57 pm
From another poster"where's Monty python when you need them?
Seriously though, I always flag people
 

Emma S. (228)
Friday December 6, 2013, 1:28 am
Done! Thanks, BMutiny.
 
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