Wednesday, November 09, 2005

12 inches of...

Remember Snow, the one hit wonder from 1993? He had that song, Informer. I always thought his name was a comment on his skin color, but maybe I was wrong....

It seems some parents are all freaked out that their kids (or worse, other people's kids) are wearing t-shirts with a picture of a snowman on it!
“This is part of a phenomena in which parents have no idea what their children are exposed to. There is a code that children are aware of but not parents,” says Sue Rusche, president and CEO of the anti-drug group National Families In Action.
Waaaa! I can't stand it when some people bemoan a subculture, whatever it is, that has codes and adds meaning to everyday items. If you don't get it, shut up or join in! Youth subcultures are particularly vulnerable to adult scorn and it's a shame that groups like Rusche's outfit and others continue to reach for simple answers to the very complex questions about how to help our youth make wise and informed decisions about drug use.

SSDP believes that parents with open and honest relationships with their kids will have children that make wise decisions about drugs, regardless of what's on their shirts.

Yes, these shirts are a bootleg comment on Young Jeezy's former profession -- cocaine dealer. But so what? Now, he's a very successful rapper who presumably makes his living legally. I think it's a wonderful American success story!

Unfortunately, this guy didn't get the memo or the paper. A few days after the above story ran in newspapers across the county, he was arrested as part of a sweep of "some of Tampa’s toughest neighborhoods."

But we shouldn't judge a guy too harshly who gets caught breaking the law while wearing a shirt glorifying breaking the law. Apparently, not even all of Tampa law enforcement could be bothered to read.
"One officer wondered why so many cameras were focused on the drug suspect. “I thought, ‘this is a little early for Christmas clothing.”

8 comments:

Peter said...

If I were still young and in school I would arrange in random order several characters (letters, numbers) on a T-shirt and behave as if as if they had a secret drug or sexual meaning to the school staff. It would even be better if several students had identical T-shirts. Allow the mind of the beholder to create their own meaning and when asked to stop wearing the T-shirts by the staff just refuse.

Ross Wilson said...

Peter's comment reminds me of the "OBEY" icon with an image of Andre the Giant above it. Though there's a great deal of disagreement around what it means, many now think that that's just the point -- it's an appealing marketing image that's totally empty of meaning. It's a jab at commercial and public campaigns that associate a catchy image with their product or cause. Hey, I'm all for cool logos that mean absolutely nothing. Most people don't really mean to advocate for what they're wearing anyway.

Who wears a swoosh or the three stripes to sell Nike or adidas products? How many who don the Che Guevara shirt do so to advocate a violent guerilla revolution? How many rappers with bling crucifixes are urging sinners to repent and follow Jesus Christ? Not many (but some). Most people wear them because they're cool and attractive.

I'm guessing the snowman-wearing kids are doing a similar thing here. They'll wear an enigmatic symbol because it's novel and cool and then will eventually abandon it when it becomes too popular. Authority figures telling them not to wear an occult image becuase it's a threat to order and discipline is exactly the response they're trying to evoke.

Bottom line: I don't think it's because they're doing blow or want their friends to. If teachers start seeing them with white stuff around their nostrils and getting bloody noses every 15 minutes, then maybe it's time to call their parents. Regardless, changing their t-shirts wouldn't break a coke habit even if they had one.

Anonymous said...

She's got a good point, actually.

Adam Scavone said...

So Tom gives a shout out over at the DPA blog for linking to DGD, but I link from the Columbia Libertarians Blog and get no love?!!

Hope you all are having a great time in Long Beach and I caaaaaaaaaaaaaaan't believe I'm missing it!! Have a great time, see ya on the east side.

Micah Daigle said...

Wish you were here too, Adam. We miss you!

Anonymous said...

smoke 'em if you got 'em! Yeeaaaah! Love you guys. Make it legal soon. the sooner te better so we can all get BAKED.

Spudart said...

thanks for posting a link to my site about Snow. :-)

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