Councilwoman Krajewski Takes On Spencer’s Gifts For Fun
And with all other problems solved, Sixth District Councilwoman Joan Krajewski has taken to the Inquirer’s Opinion section to argue against Spencer’s Gifts’ right to sell a mock-Irish T-shirt. Specifically, the Spencer’s Gifts in the Franklin Mills Mall. Specifically this shirt:
But then there’s a T-shirt with the image of a leprechaun, pants down, drunk and urinating. With his middle finger up, he exclaims “Happy [Bleeping] St. Patrick’s Day.” This gem is on sale for $14.99.
No other nationality would be ridiculed like this, especially by a national company. No other ethnic group would allow this shirt to be sold – but it seems to be OK to mock the Irish Catholics.
Her piece talks about the plight of the Irish, the Famine of the 1840s, “Irish Need Not Apply” upon their landing in the United States. Those issues are serious, sure, but there’s another issue to deal with here: There’s a market for that T-shirt and you can see it in every TGI-Ireland bar, the McMorningDrunks who frequent them today, and hear it in the chorus of every crappy Dropkick Murphys song.
But long shortish op/ed shorter: Krajewski’s ghostwriter says she, half-Irish herself (so, she gets it, see?), plans on introducing legislation to City Council that would ban Spencer’s Gifts from selling that specific T-shirt, even though she’s fine with some others, which mock potential Irish alcoholism. (She calls a shirt reading ‘Instant Irishman: Just Add Alcohol,’ “stupid humor at its best.”)
It sounds more like Krajewski doesn’t want people wearing clothing with four-letter words on them, even if there’s an asterisk in there. Maybe? But you ban this specific T-shirt, what stops you from banning the “stupid humor” clothing and anything else you want later on? And while this Spencer’s is local, what’s the good word on ordering online from…wait for it…Spencer’s Gift’s website? Or any other one, for that matter? Ever seen this gem:
That’s sold at RightWingStuff.com for $24.99, along with plenty others. You can get it on a shirt, hat, mug or stein. People buy it.
This is St. Patrick’s Day, for Christ’s sake. Take a look outside. Political correctness, basic decency, not puking in public, it’s just not part of the equation. Or, if you will, it need not apply. Lighten up.