Thursday, August 6, 2009

Too much in the news and in the olds(LOL!!!!!!!!!) and to pick just one topic is MURDER, but it must be done.

Love this Psycho Donuts business and it corresponds with my world view as of late which involves theories on donuts, and creative doldrums.
Funny how there will alway be someone out there offended and how the funny and creative owner says here that it's the donuts who are "mentally challenged" and if anyone should protest ,it's the damned donuts! I paraphrase but that's the essence of it ihmho.
please work link please.


Is there really such a thing as a stigma clearinghouse! That must be a pretty spacious... space. is that just satire? Because I need to believe that Jean Arnold and her stigma clearinghouse are the inventions of a funny mind.

I think this might be the first time that the mentally "perpelexed" and donuts have joined forces. I could be wrong.

"Stigma watchers are not amused. In an open letter to Psycho Donuts, the National Stigma Clearinghouse’s Jean Arnold wrote:

In this bring-the-kids mecca of mega-calories, children can pose in a padded cell encased in a straitjacket. … What’s endearing about a straitjacket? Why do straitjackets, a symbol of force and humiliation, appeal to advertisers and product marketers? We can’t answer that question, but the National Stigma Clearinghouse archive shows straitjackets have been used as a marketing tool for many years. Twice in our experience, the marketers have tangled with Human Rights commissioners.

Although straitjackets are now mainly found on bondage websites and in S&M shops, for decades they caused death and suffering to untold thousands of mental institution inmates. Children are especially vulnerable, according to research by the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis in 1998, accounting for 25% of the deaths. That study brought calls for nationwide reform.

… Unlike other powerful symbols of oppression (a lynching noose for example), it is sad that psychiatric medications, straitjackets, and padded cells are still used to amuse the general public. We respectfully ask Psycho Donuts to rethink the theme of their new store.

That’s unlikely. In an article in the Silicon Valley Mercury News, the store’s owner is quoted:

“I think that the community out there has taken what we’re doing and has turned it into something that was never our intention. When we’re talking about Psycho Donuts, we’re not referring to people; we’re referring to doughnuts,” Zweigoron said. “Our intention in all of this was never to hurt anyone. It was simply as a fun type of thing, adding an interesting and unique twist to selling doughnuts.

“There’s a Psycho Mouse ride at Great America, and there’s El Pollo Loco. At what point do you cross the line?” … “I find that the community at large is not offended by what we’re doing.”

But NARSAD disagrees. Below, a letter to the owners from the esteemed organization:

The website also has really good games on it, like Asteroids, which I just wasted 15 minutes on, and a virtual Etch-a-Sketch. The gallery has “weird” art, which is a stupid idea, but some of the artists seem vaguely talented. I like this work called The Lonely Satellite by Nicolas Caesar.

Liz | 10:01 AM | Funny or Offensive?, hospitals / hospitalization, suicide

Alison Hymes Says:

If it was just the name as the others they refer to are that would be different, but it is making fun and inviting children to make fun of the suffering, pain, death and humiliation of their fellow citizens and among these children may be some who will grow up to enter a psychiatric hospital, what will their experience do to them, how terrified will they be? Saying, “lighten up” or get a sense of humor as they commented on my blog, which comments I did not approve not being willing to engage such nonsense, is an old familiar tactic used against groups trying to gain equal rights and equal respect in our society. It was used against feminists, it was used against gays and lesbians, it will continue to be used by folks who are not willing to look at their own prejudices and contributions to prejudice. Just my opinion.
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