Friday, September 11, 2009

Vengeance is thine

by Chloe Angyal

New York City can be a very scary place. The 4-5-6 subway is always late, a bagel with lox costs $10, and when you walk through Chelsea, you’re forced to look at ads for the New York Health and Racquet Club.

First, there were the ads that showed a picture of a bathing suit, with the words “Friend or foe? It’s your choice” emblazoned over the top of it. In other words, “It’s your own fault you’re fat, tubby, but did we mention that for a small fee we can help you take care of that?” That said, there was a bikini version and a swim trunk version of the ad, so I suppose the NYHRC is to be commended its equal opportunity fat-shaming.

But now that summer has gone, and with it bikini (and swim trunk) season, the NYHRC has replaced those ads, which seem rather inoffensive compared to the new campaign. Behold: Vengeance Booty and Vengeance Abs. Because nothing will make a person regret breaking up with you like proving to them that you’re completely shallow.

Yes, the parties that stand to profit from our self-hatred have invented the natural follow-up to bikini season: exacting-revenge-on-the-summer-fling-who-dumped-you season! And just in the nick of time, too. I thought for a second there that I was going to have to stop hating my body until next spring. But thanks to the NYHRC, now I can be bored shitless on the treadmill all year long! For a small monthly fee, of course.

These posters are problematic in many ways, those most noteworthy of which is that they counsel the viewer to seek “revenge” for shallow behaviours (“she found a dude with a Jaguar”) with more shallow behaviour. Apparently, in NYHRC land, two superficial wrongs make a cosmic right.

Like I said, New York City can be a scary place – not least because some marketing director thought that this would be a good way to appeal to New Yorkers.


At September 11, 2009 at 1:12 PM , Anonymous Also, it's pretty ironic. said...

Pro-life protester killed: "OWOSSO, Michigan -- State police at the Corunna post have confirmed a well-known anti-abortion activist was shot multiple times and killed this morning in front of Owosso High School."

Here's waiting for Obama to express the same "shock and outrage" he felt after the murder of George Tiller.

And waiting . . .

and waiting . . . .

At September 11, 2009 at 8:03 PM , Blogger LSG said...

First, that's totally irrelevant to Chloe's post. That qualifies you as a troll, instead of a concerned citizen, since a concerned citizen would have written to and requested a post on the topic, or written their own blog about it.

Second. As of right now, here's what we know: another man was also shot and killed in what police are saying is a related murder. They have a suspect in custody. While murder is absolutely never acceptable and is always cause for outrage, it is not yet apparent that Pouillon was killed because of his anti-abortion protest work (whereas Tiller was quite clearly killed for his work in abortion). I assume that everyone is waiting to hear about the motive behind the murder before they start expressing outrage.

I have the deepest sympathy for Pouillon's family and the family of the second victim, and I hope the killer faces justice in very short order.

At September 11, 2009 at 11:36 PM , Anonymous ironic said...

"Authorities say the suspect, Harlan James Drake, was offended by anti-abortion material that the activist had displayed across from the school all week.

Drake also is suspected of "attempting to locate a third victim without success," the office said."

While measured skepticism on breaking news is refreshing, this skepticism would be less suspicious if it were applied consistently across the ideological spectrum rather only when the alleged story is...inconvenient.

At September 12, 2009 at 11:21 AM , Blogger LSG said...

Thuy-Lan now has a post up about this, which would a better place for this conversation. I think she's right on -- these murders were horrifying, senseless, and absolutely unacceptable. We all need to take whatever steps are possible to stop the escalation of violence in this political struggle. Shall we continue this discussion on her post?


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