Sept 9th – Dec 1st, 2008 Spanish & French press
So the story goes like this: I plant Jesus Dress Up on the shelves of Toy-R-Us in Times Square (Sept 9th, 08) as described in the sidebar on page 382 of Hate Mail. After my exit, a Spaniard on vacation with his family walks into that Toys-R-Us, sees the magnets, can’t find anyone to assist him with his complaint, so when he returns to Spain he phones 1-800-ToysRUs and gets the brush off: “We sell all types of products” [elConfidential]. Sooo he takes it to the internet, campaigning against the toy store.
Someone doesn’t do their research and Le Figaro News cries “Boycott!”
Gossip spreads faster than fact, and before you know it the internet’s steaming with rumors, trumping it up to the Hitler\KKK version & speculation that Toys-R-Us is sidestepping the controversy with the excuse: “some individual operated on his own!” [Hazteoir.org] even though “the product was perfectly identified with bar code and price!” [Padre Rayito]
“we want to arm a crusade to show their management that they cannot make fun of the Church of Christ and its members when disguising Jesus Christ as Hitler, of flamenco dancer, a Teletubbie, Ku Klux Klan, Bin Laden, a prisoner, gorilla…”
Note that I only left Original Jesus Dressup magnets at their stores, but the Padre found my site, and leaped on the most extreme ones to mention in his blog. Anyhow, the matter and the magnets have all been turned over to their legal department [Unitas.fr] –
“Our contact in the United States found an Internet site on which a person admits to having introduced this item during a few minutes in the store in New York City, and this without the knowledge of Toys R’ Us, with an obvious aim to harm our reputation. Once the article discovered by our teams, it immediately was withdrawn and preserved for the investigation to come. You will understand that we are strongly affected by the gesture of this person. The Legal department of our Group currently studies the legal remedy to implement and we’re currently taking the necessary measures so that does not happen again.”
This, once again, was another untrue statement: MOHAMMED DRESSUP FOR SALE IN TOYS R US >>