April 13, 2005

CafePress selling "Kill Bush" t-shirts

CafePress.com is the leading site on the web that sells shirts and other novelties for users, with their own designs on them.

One user, in his/her infinte wisdom, carries the username "Kill_Bush" (not to be confused with "KillBush420", but we'll discuss that in a bit).

Said user took the blood-spattered poster image from Kill Bill and came up with a shirt that said -- you guessed it, "Kill Bush."

CafePress has yanked the product from their site, but the shirt's order page still exists through the marvel of Google's cache.

And though the one user is gone, there is another one, using the CafePress username KillBush420, that has merchandise that is equally inciteful.

Also (and while we're on the subject)The Secret Service is investigating an artist, whose work is part of an exhibit called "Axis of Evil: The Secret History of Sin" at Chicago's Columbia College.

The work, by Chicago artist Al Brandtner, is entitled "Patriot Act," and depicts President Bush's head with a pistol pointed toward it in the form of a postage stamp.

Curators of the exhibit are afraid of the inquiry and what it means to free speech rights.

The exhibit's curator, Michael Hernandez de Luna, said the inquiry "frightens" him.

"It starts questioning all rights, not only my rights or the artists' rights in this room, but questioning the rights of any artist who creates — any writer, any visual artist, any performance artist. It seems like we're being watched," he said.

Threatening a sitting President is considered a crime and is punishible by jail time.

Oh, and for the sake of complete disclosure, I sell my own t-shirts and mugs 'n stuff from CafePress, which you can find here or on the left rail.

Posted by mhking at April 13, 2005 02:47 PM

Thank you for the link for the merchandise, which I've some difficulty purchasing elsewhere. Your link made location and purchase easy and quick. Again, thanks.


Posted by: j tenenbaum at April 13, 2005 04:49 PM

This is just plain wrong.

Posted by: cynthia at April 13, 2005 05:16 PM

If you're mean-spirited and lunkheaded enough to buy it, that's your business.

Posted by: Michael at April 13, 2005 05:20 PM


I bet j. is an itty-bitty troll who got his 15 seconds of fame by being a wiseacre on your post. He most likely scans conservative sites for hours to get a weak, sad, paltry little remark in.

Sheez, what an existence. You have a great site! keep up the great work!


Posted by: W.NM. at April 13, 2005 07:04 PM

questioning the rights of any artist who creates

No one's questioning the artist's right to create whatever he considers art. This is just one of many possible consequences of exercising that right. All of the people interviewed about this by Fox News were all like "Doesn't the secret service having anything better to do?" No it is their job to investigate any possible threat to the President.

It seems like we're being watched.

Yeah, by the people who came to see the exhibit and thought that creating an image of the President with a gun pointed at his head was a bit dodgey.

Over all what I saw of the imagines on display was pretty unimaginative.

Posted by: Samantha at April 13, 2005 08:04 PM

Peace, love, no nukes, save the trees, protect criminals, starve brain damaged women, abort babies, assassinate Presidents...I'm confused

Posted by: Michael Gallaugher at April 14, 2005 08:36 AM

As I read the curator's comments, I could imagine ScrappleFace.com showing the curator with a gun held to his head by the Secret Service.

Posted by: Neo at April 14, 2005 04:54 PM
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