May 21, 2013
Only last week, I railed against the masses’ naÃ¯ve and patronizing compulsion to embrace dubious lower-class “heroes” such as Cleveland’s Charles Ramsey.
Now another one of these instant Internet saviors is sporting a busted halo.
Remember “Kai,” the hatchet-wielding, couch-surfing hippie hobo who supposedly busted up a semi-hate crime in Fresno? Dude went on Jimmy Kimmel and everything. (Man.)
Well, bummer: Kai just got arrested for murder.
Why is anybody still surprised and dejected when these things happen?
Who still believes the poor and homeless are all noble and blameless?
At last count, that figure stands at around 6,900,000.
That’s how many people have viewed Greg Karber’s “Fitch the Homeless” video on YouTube.
Here’s the background:
Mike Jeffries, CEO of midrange clothier (and advertising controversialists) Abercrombie & Fitch, allegedly said that his company doesn’t make clothes larger than a woman’s size 10 because he “doesn’t want larger people shopping at his store.”
That’s old news. Back in 2006, Jeffries told salon.com
We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends. A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely.
All this prompted Los Angeles activist Karber to shoot a video dedicated to giving Abercrombie & Fitch a “brand readjustment.”
He calls on viewers to donate A&F clothing to the homeless. See, then Jeffries’s brand will be synonymous with stinky street people, not “attractive all-American kids”!
Now, you’d think this prank’s multiple flaws would be apparent to any semi-intelligent person, including Karber, about seven seconds after his 2AM beer buzz wore off.
First: Remember when left-wing campaigners targeted hypocrisy, the closest thing to a cardinal “sin” that godless liberals are willing to acknowledge (and then, only in their ideological opponents)?
Well, Mike Jeffries may be mockable for a few reasons; he himself is about as “attractive” as Hitler was an “Aryan superman,” for one thing. Had Karber’s video showed a Jeffries look-alike getting kicked out of an Abercrombie & Fitch store, that could’ve been funny.
But Jeffries isn’t a hypocrite. As far as I know, he’s never positioned his company as “green” then dumped toxic waste into a river, or paid Third World kids to churn out high priced T-shirts with “The Children Are Our Future” on them.