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Friday, October 31, 2008

Katy Perry, Karl Lagerfeld, Madonna use violence to promote their products...

Katy Perry apparently says the photo of her with a knife, designed to promote a harder edge for her image, was taken in 2005 when knife crime wasn't an issue.

Well, that's ok then. Knife promotion is fine when people aren't dying or being injured so much.

Stupid girl, or maybe it's stupid marketers thinking, as I've pointed out, any publicity is good publicity. Naive fools. Katy Perry needs to take a long, hard look at herself and work out what kind of person she wants to be and how to promote herself better from now on. Everyone deserves a second chance - trust she gets it right next.

This leads on to another celebrity type. Karl Lagerfeld (oh, and Madonna). The anti-violence charity MAMA (Mothers Against Murder and Aggression) contacted me and highlighted his idiocy. Take a look at the MAMA website and Karl Lagerfeld, with Madonna, promoting guns as fashion accessories.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Knife carriers have everything to lose

Hard to believe children as young as 11 years old carry knives for protection. At least the Government is trying to make the streets safer so youngsters don't feel they need knives - Tackling Knives action programme

Can't help thinking it's a drop in the ocean at the moment though. Here we are headed for recession - even more kids are likely to feel separate from society as they are unable to get jobs and aspire to something honest and worthwhile.

Somehow the message young people need to absorb and respond to is that a knife, and committing criminal acts with knives, isn't going anywhere - except a downward spiral of failure. Once young people cotton on to the fact that knife carriers are losers, maybe then campaigns to combat knife crime can progress. We live in hope, and determination - always.

Having said that, then you see people in the public eye (like George Osborne, the Tory shadow chancellor) sullying public life attending shady hospitality meetings that allude to his political party perhaps receiving illegal payments. If that's the type of person and life that young people are supposed to respect or look up to, well - it's perhaps no wonder they vote with knives. That's no excuse - but who wants to be like George Osborne, or a money-grabbing political party?

Friday, October 03, 2008

Join the knife crime gangs - buy a TK Maxx jacket!

It don't get much more stupid than this, eh? Get a FREE KNIFE when you buy a TK Maxx jacket. Only swear words seem to convey the anger, frustration, idiocy and whole heap of other furious words I'm struggling to spit out.

I can't help thinking TK Maxx did this for the publicity - which would be sickening... surely not? I only say that because it may not have escaped some warped PR or marketing manager's mind that 'any publicity is good publicity'.

Here we have the UK's most popular paper publicising a down market, cheap designer brand store. TK Maxx couldn't have paid for a bigger advert.

Shame on them is the most diplomatic way to describe my reaction. Wonder how many people they're going to help kill, maim or injure with this act of lunacy?

The call from me is "boycott TK Maxx" for this unbelievably low, underhand, cheap, gutter-level gimic. Unfortunately, the oxygen of publicity here has probably helped their sales, horrible to think.

For legal reasons, I'd better put in a comment - posted in The Sun - where they try to explain themselves and their support for knife crime...

It said: "T.K. Maxx supports and enforces all laws with regard to the sale of knives. We became aware that a branded coat on sale included a pocket penknife as a promotional gift.

"We removed the items swiftly from the supply chain. All store teams have been alerted to this and as a matter of urgent priority have removed all related items from shops."

W*****s for irresponsibly promoting use of knives, and associated violent crime.