Saturday, May 31, 2008

Christian Tee Shirts Hypocritical

From my observation, born again Christians really find it difficult to obey copyright protection laws. The most recent example I have seen was when I was recently at Disneyland. There was a dork behind me with a shirt that initially I thought was for Staples, the office superstore where you can find all of your supplies for home and work under one roof. In reality, it was for "Jesus" with the subtext "It's just that easy".

I have seen similar ones to this before. The most popular seems to be a rip off of the milk advisory's slogan "Got Milk" which is replaced with "Got Jesus. The intent of the shirt is questionable. Is the thumper asking for people to volunteer their answer to them. If so, I am sure more people who will approach him or her will be a yes. Most athiests and non-Christians will probably abstain from answering since they are in the 15% minority within the U.S.

Some other notable examples are here to the right. Ripping off Mt. Dew, Hershey's, Orange Crush, and the Steven Spielberg, Michael Crighton classic. I always found preachy people and those who products free of charge to be dopes. Combine the two and you have a whole new level of geekdom.

You would think that if you are going to be a walking billboard for a faith, that you would first read the religions rules. When geek boy in the line for Pinocchio's Daring Journey was wearing his Staples/Jesus T-Shirt, he should have realized that he was violating two of his religions 10 sacred commandments:
3. Thou shall not make wrongful use of the name of your God - I highly doubt that God would say to his believers, "You know how I would really like my name to be spread across the land, let's take the logo from a 1993 dinosaur movie and slap my son's picture on there".
8. Thou shall not steal - I also doubt that Joyce Meyers or Joel Osteen established an agreement with the good people at PepsiCo to have their message tacked on a Mt. Dew or Orange Crush tee, making this a violation of copyright.

So please, if you are going to be preachy, don't be a hypocrite or more importantly, don't be plain stupid.

11 comments:

Dee said...

Not sure why you picked on Joyce Meyer and Joel Osteen. I have been to see them many times and neither of them have these t-shirts at their events or online. I think that it is some t-shirt company wanting to make a buck. I can understand your point, but it must not be illegal or someone would do something about it. On the other hand, I do think that they should just do their own creative, and that you should get the facts right and not just throw good names under the bus.

Anonymous said...

Those shirts are hilarious! LOL funny at the Staples one for the sheer fact that people want to press a button instead of thinking.
What a great observation and point. Obviously, Obama does the same thing by changing symbols and Presidential seals and such things.
This is so deep to me because symbols are so powerful and the symbols, brands, etc. are, many times, used subliminally to persuade and influence people.
As for Joel and Joyce, I really love them but the more they preach, sometimes I just think they're all using THe Secret = "shhh, someones got their hands in your pockets."

Anonymous said...

Those shirts are hilarious! LOL funny at the Staples one for the sheer fact that people want to press a button instead of thinking.
What a great observation and point. Obviously, Obama does the same thing by changing symbols and Presidential seals and such things.
This is so deep to me because symbols are so powerful and the symbols, brands, etc. are, many times, used subliminally to persuade and influence people.
As for Joel and Joyce, I really love them but the more they preach, sometimes I just think they're all using THe Secret = "shhh, someones got their hands in your pockets."

Anonymous said...

well put anonymous...im going to put that on a tee shirt "someone"s got their hands in your pocket"

coming soon said...

I like all those shirts.

Anonymous said...

The commercialization of Jesus it is.

Anonymous said...

Ain't nuthin'better than takin'the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ. Nuthin' can beat that. Nuthin'! Rock on boys!

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