@Kyeh I think you are on to something, in that it was a while ago, and many people may have forgotten about it. I know we’ve all said things in our past we regret, but when she was confronted with her transgressions, she just seemed to double down and make things worse.
@RiotDemon Sure, I understand that’s Meh’s general business model. But there must be some standards when it comes to an items content, right? Racist slogans on a t-shirt are ok, just so long as they are cheap?
Does Meh really think PD’s past behaviour wasn’t incredibly offensive?
@elfunkman@RiotDemon Yeah, I think I have to agree with this. A Paula Deen cookbook would be different; this is just something she put her brand on, and it got remaindered, so she won’t profit from the sale via Meh. I kind of hate the whole celebrity-branding thing anyway. I don’t know, I really have mixed feelings about how far one has to go with these issues. I wouldn’t buy them, but I don’t think Meh is being racist by selling them.
@Kyeh@RiotDemon Again, I appreciate your input on this. I guess to me it was never an issue of Paula Deen making money, but rather Meh making money by selling branded items from a racist. They couldn’t have just taken a pass on this stuff.
I just don’t get how Meh thinks it’s cool to sell branded stuff from a racist.
Right, I get it that an item is an inanimate object & can’t be racist in and of itself. But whether it’s a tshirt, tote bag, or “doodad” it ceases to be an innocuous bit of fun when you put the name of a noted racist on it. No?
I’m not trying to be all “woke” here, but I am more than a bit surprised & disappointed that Meh thinks it’s ok to sell branded items from a woman whose words & conduct were so hurtful to so many.
Would Meh sell David Duke “doodads” if the price was right? Of course not. Then why sell Paula Deen stuff? Does her brand of racism pass muster at Meh? Almost every single company dropped her a long, long time ago because they rightly decided not to be associated with her & her beliefs.
I don’t believe Meh is in any way a racist company, I just hope they don’t continue to be dismissive of this as “What’s the big deal? It’s just a doodad with the name of a racist on it.”
@elfunkman I really don’t put too much stock in whose name is on the products from closeout store/sites. If people don’t buy the items, that is the best way to let the buyers know folks aren’t interested in that brand or type of item.
Looks like only 12 of these were sold so they will probably make appearances in our irks at some point.
My wrapping paper is stored in a corner of my room where it is forgotten about until Christmas or birthdays where newspaper wrapping wouldn’t be appreciated so I have no use for this type of item. If I was an organized woman that enjoyed such things, the name on it wouldn’t prevent me from buying.
@tnhillbillygal@RiotDemon It seems like the few responses to this, which I sincerely appreciate, can be generally summarized as: This is just a cheap little item, not something anyone is trying to make a statement with.
However, I don’t think the cost of the item or the buyer’s intent is the issue. The issue to me is that Meh is ok with selling an item with a noted racist on it. If it’s ok for them to sell it just because it’s cheap, would a gift bag with the 3 letters of an infamous, white supremacist group also be ok? Where is the line for Meh? Is Deen’s brand of racism just folksy enough that Meh is ok with it?
If this is just a harmless little item, (jokes aside about giving a dollar store item as a gift), would any of you give this Paula Deen Organizer to a colleague who was a person of color?
@elfunkman@tnhillbillygal once again, just like the t-shirt analogy, there isn’t some huge Paula Deen logo on it. If the product had KKK written all over it, I doubt meh would be selling it. The product itself doesn’t have her name scribbled everywhere.
@elfunkman@RiotDemon@tnhillbillygal I do think that boycotting items that are connected in some way with racists, people who are unethical, etc. is an appropriate company response and I do appreciate it when companies do that.
It may be that the particular buyer for this item didn’t know. I didn’t know either, but then again I have bought so little these last few years and I don’t really follow who designs, makes, brands, etc. stuff. If it makes national news for a couple of days running so I see it then it will affect my decisions but I don’t research each and every brand I buy.