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Designer Tweets Egyptian Riots Due to His New Line Coming Out

samzenpus posted more than 3 years ago | from the foot-in-mouth dept.

The Internet 142

Famous shoe designer Kenneth Cole stuck his fabulously shod foot into his mouth by tweeting, "Millions are in uproar in #Cairo. Rumor is they heard our new spring collection is now available online..." After an uproar from people who don't think revolution jokes are funny, he issued the following tweet: "we weren't intending to make light of a serious situation. We understand the sensitivity of this historic moment."

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Man somewhat removed makes inappropriate joke (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35106086)

Further news updates will follow at 5

Re:Man somewhat removed makes inappropriate joke (1)

h00manist (800926) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106448)

He would be wiser to make it right by sending Mubarak a million out-of-fashion, leftover, unpopular, unsold shoes.

Re:Man somewhat removed makes inappropriate joke (1)

Obfuscant (592200) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106498)

He would be wiser to make it right by sending Mubarak a million out-of-fashion, leftover, unpopular, unsold shoes.

No, that would be Imelda Marcos, you insensitive clod.

Re:Man somewhat removed makes inappropriate joke (0)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106912)

Q: You know what happens if the Egyptian rioters win don't you??

A: They meet Tunisia in the finals!!!

Thank you, I'll be here all week...please try the veal, and make sure to tip your waitress.

Re:Man somewhat removed makes inappropriate joke (2)

JordanL (886154) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106514)

That would likely be a form of insult in the Muslim/Arab world...

Re:Man somewhat removed makes inappropriate joke (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35106862)

He would be wiser to make it right by sending Mubarak a million out-of-fashion, leftover, unpopular, unsold shoes.

That would likely be a form of insult in the Muslim/Arab world... Muslim

*Whoosh*THUNK [boingboing.net] !

Re:Man somewhat removed makes inappropriate joke (1)

h00manist (800926) | more than 3 years ago | (#35107166)

That would likely be a form of insult in the Muslim/Arab world...

No kidding. A defamation lawsuit from Hosni Mubarak, fallen dictator of Egypt, vs Kenneth Cole, London shoemaker, for offending the public dignity, honor, and good name of the dictator, by sending him a million old, outdated, out-of-fashion, unwanted and rejected shoes. Man, the story would be so good you could make a movie on it.

The /. crowd is no better (5, Insightful)

mr100percent (57156) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106088)

People will always be idiots. If you go back and read the slashdot stories on 9/11/2001 there were morons who were posting "Someone set up us the bomb!"

I suppose this one is more newsworthy by the fact that he put his real name on it and it's unusually tacky for someone considered so professional.

Re:The /. crowd is no better (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35106144)

That's pretty tacky, but now, just over nine years later, I think it's hilarious.

Re:The /. crowd is no better (2, Insightful)

MozeeToby (1163751) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106152)

If he would have left the hashtag out probably no one would have cared. Yes, it's still tasteless, but at least it wouldn't have been clogging up the Cairo feeds with advertising. That takes it from tasteless to complete assholishness; it isn't the joke IMO, it's the fact that he was using interest in the revolution to sell his product.

Re:The /. crowd is no better (2)

trollertron3000 (1940942) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106236)

Well let's get all OUTRAGED then. Shit they sell outrage in stores in bulk now don't they We could go on a fucking bender.

Re:The /. crowd is no better (2)

clydemaxwell (935315) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106636)

I agree. I couldn't care less about the joke, and his only Cairo reference being joke just makes him an ass. Nothing special about that.
But tagging it so that he can have advertising to anyone reading about the situation in Egypt is just low, even for a profiteer.

Re:The /. crowd is no better (1)

sortius_nod (1080919) | more than 3 years ago | (#35107510)

Agreed, it just proves how shallow the fashion industry is. These people are a vapid waste of oxygen at best, scum at worst.

Re:The /. crowd is no better (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35106180)

What, that is funny! Get a LIFE people!

Re:The /. crowd is no better (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35106224)

Well you know it was very interesting because at first, you know, I'm not happy about the way the Mubarak are treating the Egyptians because I don't think anyone should be unkind to anyone else. And so I have been very concerned about how to think and what to do about that because I don’t like that. And I had been this, you know, concerned about, because they are not being nice to the Egyptians, who are good people. And then this riot and all this stuff happened, and then I thought, is that Karma? When you're not nice then the bad things happen to you?

Re:The /. crowd is no better (4, Insightful)

Zironic (1112127) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106436)

Fuck political correctness, if people want to joke about the revolution let them.

Re:The /. crowd is no better (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35106768)

And I should be given the same privilege and be allowed to say that it lacks class and that the person should not be trying to sell "things" via the blood of others.

Re:The /. crowd is no better (1)

exley (221867) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106820)

And I should be given the same privilege...

... And you have been.

Re:The /. crowd is no better (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106992)

Can I interest you in some 9/11 Commemorative Coins [foxnews.com] ?

Re:The /. crowd is no better (1, Insightful)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106964)

Joking is one thing. Using the revolution to pimp your new line of shoes goes way beyond comedy, into the realm of douche-baggery and assholery. While on the one hand, "Any publicity is good publicity!", on the other hand, I hope many people that hear of this will boycott him. So I'm not sure whether being a douche represents a net gain or net loss to his business. I wasn't going to buy any of his shoes anyway, and my wife... well, let's just say she already owns more pairs of shoes than Imelda Marcos, but I doubt she'd be willing to pay this asshat's prices.

Re:The /. crowd is no better (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#35107170)

Fuck political correctness, as long as people aren't hurting anyone and want to be douche-bags and assholes let them."

Re:The /. crowd is no better (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#35107288)

Fuck political correctness, as long as people aren't hurting anyone and want to be douche-bags and assholes let them.

Isn't that the motto of the producers of Jersey Shore?

Re:The /. crowd is no better (1)

517714 (762276) | more than 3 years ago | (#35107196)

You must not have been paying attention for the last decade or two. Commercial free speech is the only form of free speech protected by the US Government.

Re:The /. crowd is no better (1)

RealGrouchy (943109) | more than 3 years ago | (#35107262)

"Kenneth Cole - our shoes are worth throwing at Mubarak... or at Kenneth Cole!"

- RG>

Re:The /. crowd is no better (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35107112)

Fuck political correctness, if people want to joke about the revolution let them.

Fact: People have feelings.

Fact: Feelings can be hurt.

Fact: You can very well say "fuck you and your pansy-ass feelings, you fucking sissy, just hurry up and stop your fucking crying over your worthless loved ones, buy our goddamned products, and give us money, jackass." Nothing is stopping you.

Fact: Nothing is stopping those people from flipping you the bird (or cultural equivalent) and telling you to go jump off a cliff.

Fact: The businessman/woman who fails to understand these facts is the businessman/woman who won't be in business very long when said business deals with human beings.

Fact: Hard as it may be to believe, approximately 100% of all businesses deal with human beings at some point.

Re:The /. crowd is no better (1)

smcn (87571) | more than 3 years ago | (#35107188)

Of course. I don't think any rational person would argue he shouldn't be allowed to tweet such a thing, but we can still call him an asshole.

Re:The /. crowd is no better (1)

MichaelKristopeit349 (1968132) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106566)

you obviously don't believe you can choose to not be an idiot... probably because you are an idiot.

slashdot = stagnated.

We need to laugh sometimes (4, Insightful)

Crag (18776) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106690)

Two hypothetical 9/11inspried scenarios:

1) 3000 people die at the hands of random extremists and nobody makes any jokes.

2) 3000 people die at the hands of random extremists and someone references AYBABTU.

I like the second scenario better. I probably won't laugh if I know a victim, but other people's laughter doesn't hurt me.

Not laughing at tragedy doesn't make it less tragic. Laughing is one of the ways people cope. There is no harm in growing a thicker skin. We can still have feelings and care about life without revering life. Death happens.

Life is for the living. Cry until you laugh, laugh until you can't breath then sleep it off and move on.

Re:We need to laugh sometimes (1)

PhilipTheHermit (1901680) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106962)

That's all well and good, but in reality it's uncivilized and boorish to mock the suffering of others. You should also consider that none of us is required to "grow a thicker skin". Option "B", which is always available, is beating the crap out of the creep who thinks your suffering is funny.

I've never had anyone make fun of me while I was mourning a loved one, for example, but if I ever caught someone doing something like that, I'd stick my size 13 boot straight up their ass.

Violence is difficult to administer over the internet, of course, but you can always take a page from Jay and Silent Bob's book:

  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MjWFZPJZTxU [youtube.com]

Re:The /. crowd is no better (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35106702)

He could donate shoes to be thrown, in true Arabic Tradition.

Imagine the free publicity if one of his shoes hits the mark

Re:The /. crowd is no better (1)

laejoh (648921) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106854)

What happen?

Re:The /. crowd is no better (3, Insightful)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#35107152)

And it was funny as hell, as this is.

I mean, the guy is in an industry where dry sarcasm and snarky wit rules the day.

People who are "offended' by this have either never been really offended, or need to find a hobby.

Well done, enraged folks (4, Insightful)

fridaynightsmoke (1589903) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106100)

Congratulations. By retweeting and posting news stories about this, you've given this designer guy undreamed of publicity. I'm sure he's gutted.

Re:Well done, enraged folks (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106126)

Tag article "streissandeffect" - except we're the ones causing it this time.

Re:Well done, enraged folks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35106678)

This isn't the Streisand Effect, which is about leave-me-alone/stay-away requests backfiring. This is more like another example of the No Bad Publicity Effect. Kind of like how I've tried to get my Fetus Christ [holycomics.com] comic noticed by more people who'd like it, by instead drawing it to the attention of people I knew would hate it and complain about it.

Re:Well done, enraged folks (1)

jc42 (318812) | more than 3 years ago | (#35107410)

Hey, that's truly tasteless! Keep it up ...

Re:Well done, enraged folks (1)

fridaynightsmoke (1589903) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106728)

I hereby declare that the feedback loop of publicity caused by outraged discussion of a tasteless or otherwise disreputable publicity stunt or advertisement be named "The Cole Effect".

Ironically this, if used, add to the publicity generated for this Mr. Cole by referring to him every time something similar happens in the future.

Re:Well done, enraged folks (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106812)

That's a better name, since this isn't exactly a Streissand Effect.

And naming a douchebaggery-triggered feedback loop of publicity after this guy can only generate purely negative publicity (outside of marketing courses).

Re:Well done, enraged folks (1)

Triela (773061) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106186)

This kind of publicity is not especially significant, either way. People discovering "this designer guy" for the first time via this story are not going to be newly declared fashionistas that suddenly drop Payless for Kenneth Cole shoes. Neither will Kenneth Cole stalwarts boycott or otherwise.

Re:Well done, enraged folks (1)

Blue Stone (582566) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106556)

> By retweeting and posting news stories about this, you've given this designer guy undreamed of publicity.

I'm sure you're right: he never dreamed that hundreds of thousands of people would think him an insensitive asshole.

Re:Well done, enraged folks (1)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106722)

But a month from now they won't remember that he was an insensitive asshole. All they'll remember the next time they encounter his name is that it's familiar to them, which will usually lead them to associate it with "famous" or some other vaguely-positive trait.

Re:Well done, enraged folks (1)

Stregano (1285764) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106698)

So maybe I should check out this shoe line.

Re:Well done, enraged folks (1)

shawn(at)fsu (447153) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106852)

Congratulations. By retweeting and posting news stories about this, you've given this designer guy undreamed of publicity. I'm sure he's gutted.

I think there is a point when a company/brand name is so well known that not all publicity is in-fact good publicity. If Kenneth Cole was some small single store in the middle of no where then yes this would have been a boon but it's not. I'm too tired to look for examples for company stock price dips when the get bad publicity but I'm sure they are there.

Re:Well done, enraged folks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35107092)

Enron?
Come on.

Re:Well done, enraged folks (1)

cayenne8 (626475) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106926)

"Congratulations. By retweeting and posting news stories about this, you've given this designer guy undreamed of publicity. I'm sure he's gutted."

Yeah, but sadly for him...I'm guessing the Slashdot crowd isn't exactly his target market. Likely not a lot of high end shoes wearers in here...

If He... (1)

mlauzon (818714) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106102)

If he understood 'the sensitivity of this historic moment', he wouldn't have made the joke in the first place, what a dumbass!

In other news (2)

sconeu (64226) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106422)

Rich, disconnected asshole makes bad joke about Egyptian uprising, realizes he made a mistake, and backtracks (poorly).

Move along, nothing to see here.

Insensitive Clod (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35106116)

-Insert obligatory insensitive clod joke here -

Re:Insensitive Clod (1)

thePowerOfGrayskull (905905) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106564)

I'm an insensitive clod, you insensitive clod!

Someone's gotta do it... (3, Insightful)

Onuma (947856) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106122)

Heaven forbid anyone actually makes light of a situation. I'm sure it's no carnival being in Cairo right now, but if it were anyone other than a famous person making that comment, most other people would have simply laughed it away. Now we've got a guy who thought it would be opportune to make a joke (albeit a slightly off-color joke) backpedaling and issuing half-serious apologies.

Someone got butt-hurt about it and everyone dog piled Kenneth Cole. Get over it already!

Re:Someone's gotta do it... (2)

0racle (667029) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106164)

Pretty much. People need to realize that not everyone holds your sacred moments as sacred.

Re:Someone's gotta do it... (1)

Onuma (947856) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106332)

Exactly. Wait til this has been in the news more than a couple of weeks, and everyone from Jon Stewart to Conan O'Brien will have it in their comedy routine, if they don't already!

Re:Someone's gotta do it... (1)

eepok (545733) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106512)

It's ok for some people to make some statements and not for others. If the statement had been made by a comedian or some serially rebellious organization, it would be outright funny and "edgy"-- but those things do not describe Kenneth Cole.

This situation is like your white uncle repeating jokes done by racy black stand-up comedians at work. It doesn't work and it would be inappropriate.

Re:Someone's gotta do it... (1, Insightful)

Stregano (1285764) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106726)

The difference was that what he did was not really a joke. It was a way for him to get people who were using that feed to see his advertisement. Makes jokes in the feed all you want, but DON"T sit there dropping ads in it and then trying to backtrack to say it was a joke.

Re:Someone's gotta do it... (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#35107182)

It was a joke. The fact that he used a joke to pedal his where doesn't mean it wasn't a joke. It was a joke.

Of course, I'm replying to someone who is thinks porn is some how innovators.
With rare exception, they are not innovators at all. The jump on any and all products. If you had bothered to look into the porn industry, you would understand that.

Re:Someone's gotta do it... (1)

Stregano (1285764) | more than 3 years ago | (#35107272)

Oh no, I don't really think that, it is a joke meant to pedal porn

THIS IS NOT NEWS FOR NERDS (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35106146)

Jesus Christ, you guys are also late the party also, this was news yesterday.

I can't see why a fucking tweet about anything from a shoe salesman is so worthy being news for nerds.

Bottom line, there's absolutely no fuckin relevance of this story to slashdot. Stop trying to be so hip you fucking douchebags

Re:THIS IS NOT NEWS FOR NERDS (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35106410)

Agreed. Also the new site sucks.

It's on the internet (1)

mangu (126918) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106442)

I can't see why a fucking tweet about anything from a shoe salesman is so worthy being news for nerds.

It's the Slashdot rule, if you tweet about it or put it on Facebook it becomes news for nerds automatically. That's for the same reasons laws are rewritten, patents are issued, anything that's "on the internet or "using a computer" gains a new life of its own, independent of any former incarnation.

It won't hurt him... (2)

Stenchwarrior (1335051) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106154)

Kenneth Cole is still going to sell his shoes and what-not to the people with money to burn; it's more fashionable to be seen in his clothes, regardless of his tactlessness. In some circles, his stock will likely now rise.

Who cares? (3, Insightful)

SkankinMonkey (528381) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106160)

I thought it was funny without making fun of the protesters or anyone involved. It's clear they weren't being serious....why so uptight planet earth?

Re:Who cares? (1)

BJ_Covert_Action (1499847) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106308)

A lot of folk lose their sense of humor when Death is hanging out in the room.

Re:Who cares? (2)

Onuma (947856) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106382)

A select few of us tend to sharpen ours. Having been several meters away from exploding ordnance, I can appreciate the comedy of life itself. When a gust of wind is all that separates you from potential death, little shit like people throwing rocks at each other is absolutely hilarious.

Re:Who cares? (1)

scubamage (727538) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106416)

A select few of us tend to sharpen ours. Having been several meters away from exploding ordnance, I can appreciate the comedy of life itself. When a gust of wind is all that separates you from potential death, little shit like people throwing rocks at each other is absolutely hilarious.

I'll raise a beer to that.

Re:Who cares? (2)

scubamage (727538) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106384)

Thats a silly reason, every living thing dies. It is an ultimate, incircumventable fact. Losing your sense of humor because death is involved is like losing your sense of humor because 1+1=2, or because Newton's laws exist.

Re:Who cares? (1)

formfeed (703859) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106488)

Thats a silly reason, every living thing dies.

Yeah, but not every person dies because they get slaughtered by government thugs while fighting for their basic rights.
Some luckier ones get a few more decades to enjoy sitting at the pool watching others die.

Re:Who cares? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35106510)

You bastard!

Don't you dare joke about 1 + 1 equaling 2.

Re:Who cares? (1)

FrootLoops (1817694) | more than 3 years ago | (#35107490)

Newton's laws don't exist, except as abstract mathematical idealizations. They don't model reality except approximately. That wasn't quite your point, but still, one can tie "1+1=2" to reality via counting in a way you can't with Newton's laws. Also, it's not necessarily the case that every living thing dies--perhaps there are some immortal aliens or some such thing; it's a big universe. Still, every living thing I'm aware of will die.

Re:Who cares? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35106388)

I'm with you, I thought it was funny.

I think the whole "historic moment" thing is overblown. This type of thing has happened countless times before. Who in the general public even knows of more than a small fraction of them?

Tone of voice (0)

CRCulver (715279) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106176)

Did anyone else read that tweet in an excruciatingly exaggerated swish accent?

Uh (3, Insightful)

saihung (19097) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106212)

"We understand the sensitivity of this historic moment."
No, I'm pretty sure that's not true. But that's fine guys, go on turning out Chinese sweatshop products anyway. I'm sure someone will be stupid enough to buy them.

Brilliant (1)

tobiah (308208) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106234)

I'm sure Cole knows all publicity is good publicity. It won't hurt sales one bit.

And the full quote (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35106264)

We weren't intending to make light of a serious situation. We understand the sensitivity of this historic moment.... with new sales on our spring lineup! Just use code WARCRIME for an extra 2% off.

Schmuck, he knew what he was doing, it's called 'just spell my name right'

twitter flash! (1)

Virtucon (127420) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106274)

#KennyCole is irrelevant except in Egypt!

Too Soon? (1)

kimvette (919543) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106302)

The problem isn't the joke. The problem is that he didn't wait for a sufficient period of time to make the joke. :-p

Re:Too Soon? (1)

Triela (773061) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106404)

The problem isn't the joke. The problem is that he didn't wait for a sufficient period of time to make the joke.

Strictly in terms of comedy, the unfunny joke would even be worse after time passes. Maybe something more like: Clamor over who can get their hands on our new spring collection first. Mubarak quoted saying, "I will die in Kenneth Cole shoes."

Lol (4, Insightful)

scubamage (727538) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106348)

I personally think its funny. In poor taste yes, but still funny.

Re:Lol (1)

dmbasso (1052166) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106474)

Yep, I agree. The problem is lack of sense of humor. It is not like what he said would change anything anyway... so why not laugh at it? Generally speaking, it is much better for one to laugh at oneself when ridiculed than to get angry. For instance, sometimes people joke about my username being 'dumbass'... should I get angry? Of course not, it is really funny :)

People should stop being so anal, for their own benefit.

Musto is right - K Cole gets a break (2)

uqbar (102695) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106376)

While tasteless, in the end this company has always been activist and worked hard to raise money and awareness of important causes. Michael Musto says cut him a break and I think he's right: http://blogs.villagevoice.com/dailymusto/2011/02/kenneth_cole_ca.php [villagevoice.com]

Re:Musto is right - K Cole gets a break (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35106478)

I forgot, "It's OK If You Are A Socialist!" (TM)

Re:Musto is right - K Cole gets a break (1)

strangeattraction (1058568) | more than 3 years ago | (#35107568)

I agree. His foundation "For Children that Can't Read Good" is high on my donation list each year. Ever since his friends were killed in a freak explosion during a playful gasoline fight at a gas station, K Cole has re-focused his efforts to make the world a more stylish place to live. Something I think the poor of Cairo can truly appreciate. I for one will go out a buy some new K Cole shoes immediately.

He knew what he was doing (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35106398)

So how long before the Chris Crocker video?

LEAVE KENNETH COLE ALONE!

New Twitter Ad Campaign (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35106466)

Kenneth Cole shoes are the bomb!! I'd never fly anywhere without wearing a pair!"

- Richard Reid

Eternal September begins on Twitter. (3, Interesting)

Remus Shepherd (32833) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106490)

I don't see this as someone making light of a bad situation. I see it more as an expression of capitalism -- 'Someone's gotta make money off this'.

With that in mind, there's a lot of analogues to Cantor and Seagal [wikipedia.org] , who in 1994 launched the first mass Usenet spam. In hindsight it was surprising that nobody thought to do it before them. If you have a bunch of people talking in a public, unmoderated forum with a specific topic, why not (aside from good manners) drop advertisements on those people?

Twitter is now where Usenet was in 1994 -- lots of people, talking in public, unmoderated 'hash tag' discussion threads. Of course people are going to spam those threads with ads. There will be outrage over it, but if it proves profitable it'll become more prevalent. Spam could potentially flood the signal out of some long-standing hash tag discussions. If that happens, Twitter will go the way of Usenet.

Kenneth Cole is just the first person in Twitter's upcoming Eternal September [wikipedia.org] . Don't hate him, he or someone like him was fated to appear eventually.

Re:Eternal September begins on Twitter. (2)

srmalloy (263556) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106780)

With some allowance for the media involved, Kenneth Cole's "twitvert" can probably be traced back in concept to the "blipverts" used by Zik Zak in 'Max Headroom'.

#hashtagnonsense (1)

edmicman (830206) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106494)

I'm always amused at stories about "uproar" in the "twitterverse" over inane things like this. So a bunch of people sitting at their computers got pissed that someone was sullying up their clean hashtags? And then tweeted back that they were mad? It makes me want to start tagging all my shit with #cairo just to piss them off, too. Puhlease. Maybe instead of getting pissed at a twitter posting you should get out and be proactive at stopping injustices rather than bitching about it on the internet.

Re:#hashtagnonsense (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35106610)

I'm always amused at stories about "uproar" in the "twitterverse"

I always imagine something along the lines of an old lady saying "The Springfield knitting club is scandalized by what Emma Jean said!" when people talk about an uproar on Twitter. Talk about a tempest in a teacup...

"Make the Most of Wearing Times" (1)

Phoenix0 (1242588) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106542)

Well, one of his ad slogans is "Make the Most of Wearing Times." I guess commercially exploiting them counts.

Fine (1)

eyenot (102141) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106554)

This is no worse than using footage of the Hindenberg disaster to get people to hurry up to your Lay-Z-Boy sale, or whatever. It's an advertising classic. What Cole did was audacious and edgy in the standards of the fashion world, which always has been and always will be in its own separate culture (unless we take some socialist supremacist stride to level them out in which case it would be the death of fashion). It's what's called artistic license. And in the case of the high fashion world you don't merely apply license to individual acts, you apply it to the entire lifestyle and to complete persons and their lives. Which is to say that you don't judge Cole's statement by ethics, you judge it by taste.

Re:Fine (1)

MarkvW (1037596) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106818)

Yeah! Led Zepplin did it too! What's wrong with them?

Could have been worse. (1)

DudemanX (44606) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106562)

He could have made a rape joke [tumblr.com] .

Re:Could have been worse. (1)

CyberDragon777 (1573387) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106976)

I'm offended by the amount of stupid on that page.

Re:Could have been worse. (1)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#35107216)

I was really hoping no one would have posted that. It doesn't need any more attention, nor does the fanatic that started it.

kennethcoletweets (3, Funny)

Memophage (88273) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106590)

The more amusing footnotes to this story are the #kennethcoletweets tweets that everyone is making up now:
http://twitter.com/#!/search/%23kennethcoletweets [twitter.com]

@KennethColePR: "People from New Orleans are flooding into Kenneth Cole stores!" #KennethColeTweets
@KennethColePR: Jeffrey Dahmer would have eaten up our spring collection! #KennethColeTweets
And many more...

Re:kennethcoletweets (1)

eyenot (102141) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106792)

yes, well... mockery is the sincerest form of flattery, isn't it?

An amusing media-generated-moment. (1)

MarkvW (1037596) | more than 3 years ago | (#35106806)

The media is hyper-jacking Egypt at us 24/7. It is giving us a lot of sound and fury, but not much of real substance. The journos crave Egypt-related stories to feed the firestorm. Kenneth Cole is tuned into the vibe and feeds the hungry journos. And the rest is history.

Keep 'em coming, folks! (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 3 years ago | (#35107142)

"Even Jared Loughner is impressed by how crazy our new fall line is!"

It's clearly his style of humor (2)

geekoid (135745) | more than 3 years ago | (#35107206)

http://twitpic.com/3widwp [twitpic.com]

Do you think for a second it is their for any reason but humor?

Do you really think he is trying to get rioters to purchase his goods during the uproar?

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