Friday, December 4, 2009

The Men Who Slaughter Goats On Black Friday

The Men Who Slaughter Goats On Black Friday

I suppose I'm pretty anti-black friday. This mentality comes from the idea of wasting time and not really getting the best savings. Black Friday is all about dealing with large crowds for no real reason. I'm sure many of you look forward to trampling and killing your fellow man for a $29.99 DVD player (regular price $39.99), but I don't really think that's my style. Neither do I want to sacrifice to Shub-Niggurath, the black friday of the burbs with a thousand white young in order to get some of those "hot deals" that everyone is looking forward to.

Hell, my best deals come from the regular year round shopping that pop up every once in a while. I got UP and Monsters Inc. a few weeks back on Blu ray for a grand total of 98 cents for the pair. So you can see why I really don't go in for the Black Friday says. It's the mob mentality that puts me off. Also the stupidity.

I talked to a family that sat since 1pm Thanksgiving day with a tent set up at a Best Buy in order to be one of the first in lines for the sales. To me, thanksgiving should be spent with those special people in your life. Be it friends or families in a warm setting with good food and the ability to give thanks for being together... then again, I doubt you really can get that across while you're eating some beans out of a can next to a tent with freezing conditions outside of a Best Buy.

But to add to this is that the companies got shit for doing something that is not in the Christian "correct" Yup, God durn a-rabs interfering with mah christian tradition of trampling over epople for a LCD TV..
Best Buy Ad's Mention Of Muslim Holiday Irks Some Customers

A recent Best Buy ad (hat tip to CrunchGear) promoting the store's Black Friday sales includes a nod to the Muslim holiday Eid Al-Adha, which is celebrated that day.

Sounds rather innocent, doesn't it?

Instead of being praised for its inclusiveness, Best Buy is being attacked by some customers who have made their views known on the company's message board. Some consumers are particularly irked because the home electronics retailer recently announced that it will no longer put "Merry Christmas" in its flyers.

Conservative groups like the the American Family Association began attacking the retailer in 2006 after the chain said it would replace "Merry Christmas" with "Happy Holidays" in its ads. Best Buy, for its part, denies it has abandoned the C word altogether; it can be found on gift cards and online. The AFA has yet to comment on the ad.

The AFA has also called for a boycott of The Gap for its new holiday commercial which includes shout-outs to Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Solstice, in addition to Christmas.

But there seems to be a small and vocal group of Best Buy customers who don't appreciate the flyer. Some of the colorful customer responses on Best Buy's message board include (please note that these may not accurately reflect the nature of the holiday Eid Al-Adha):

"Makes sense. Stop saying Christmas because you dont want to be associated with Jesus, and instead associate yourself with goat sacrifice. Truly noble. I think ill go to Best Buy with a dead goat."

Or this response:

"Eid is not about "giving to the poor", etc. It is about sacrifice. I live in a Muslim country and the streets literally run with blood during this holiday. That is not an exaggeration. Yes, they give some of the meat to the poor...but it is all about sacrifice."

These are the same right wing nuts who bashed Obama for honoring Eid Al-Adha and totally ignored the fact that Bush also did the exact same thing. The funniest thing about this is that Eid Al-Adha is the commemoration of Ibrahim's (Abraham's) willingness to sacrifice his son for Allah. So it's a Christian and Jewish occasion as well, if not an outright festival. I mean, it is from the same scriptures, right?

Then there's those who are screaming bloody murder because it deals with slitting Goats throats and pouring the blood on the street. Isn't animal sacrifice part of Christian mythology as well? Not to mention that the day before Black Friday was god damn Thanksgiving. We did the same thing but only replaced Goats with Turkeys.

In all versions, Cain is a crop farmer and his younger brother Abel is a shepherd.[7] Cain is portrayed as sinful, committing the first murder by killing his brother,[8] after God[9] has rejected his offerings of produce but accepted the animal sacrifices brought by Abel.[10]
But it's a Muslamorabic name! Don't they know that if they won't let us commercialize their Holidays, people will never accept them. At least Best Buy stuck to their guns on this one you can see their strong defense at their use of the phrase on their message board.

Best Buy’s customers and employees around the world represent a variety of faiths and denominations. We respect that diversity and choose to greet our customers and employees in ways that reflect their traditions.

We do use the word “holiday” in some of our advertising because it is meant to be inclusive to everyone. However, just as we have in the past, we will also reference specific holidays such as Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa in our weekly ads, store signage and other advertising vehicles.

We encourage our employees to interact with customers naturally and wish them a Merry Christmas or share whatever greeting is appropriate for the holiday they are celebrating.

Looking at the Bestbuy forums makes me feel like I accidentally wandered into Freep. Then again... Why the fuck would anyone post on a bestbuy forum? It can't be to make friends. Not at all. Best Buy lied about my warranty.. No friends of mine! Hmm, sounds like a good chant. BEST BUY LIED! GOATS DIED!

Let's see what some of those posters are saying;
"Makes sense. Stop saying Christmas because you dont want to be associated with Jesus, and instead associate yourself with goat sacrifice. Truly noble. I think ill go to Best Buy with a dead goat."
You could with your oldest son if that makes you feel better. I have no doubt that associating yourself with goat sacrifice will capture the coveted 18-25 male market. I mean, they have been playing Modern Combat 2 for the last few weeks.

Perhaps next they should release a flyer that says "We declare Jihad on high prices!!!" I will be a Best Buy costumer then. Even if they have tried to offer/sell me an extended warranty on CD/DVD spindles I bought there before.

While a little surprised that Best Buy has their own forum, I found one for Chipotle.. and now 'm forever scarred to the plight of our nation. But it's nice to see all the Abrahamic religions getting along so well considering it's the same fucking fairytale three times except with slightly different names and outcomes. What sort of savage religion would hold up a blood sacrifice as some sort of positive thing? Good thing those Christians have Jesus instead!

But again, this is the day after fucking thanksgiving and Americans are tut-tuting about "goat sacrifice"? Maybe it's cause the goats died for nothing.. right? NOTHING AT ALL! They may have been eaten at some point, but that's entirely peripheral to the matter at hand. I wonder if everyone in America had to raise their own turkeys for thanksgiving, if the streets filled with blood, would we do anything different? Especially given the number of people who go hunting for sport.

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