Published on August 11th, 20159
Seriously. Are We SHEEP???
Yes, yes, this “TravelnLass” site is… well yeah, arguably about a Lass (me) who Travels. Well maybe not bouncing from exotic land to exotic land every blessed week, but nonetheless, a fairly prolific, life-long traveler and now an expat in 3 different countries just in the past couple of years.
And though I have plenty of travel fodder waiting in the wings (Borneo, Myanmar – I’m lookin’ at YOU!), every once in awhile I can’t resist hopping on a wee soapbox about some stray irk that I momentarily feel COMPELLED to share here.
Btw, my off-(travel)topic detours here can likewise go in the opposite direction: i.e. some stray super kewl, happy-place item that strikes my fancy. But those I can neatly tuck under my “Wow Worthy Stuff” category.
I could/should probably create an “Acky Stuff” category here to vent just such stray crankiness, but that seems far too negative, and having a handy ack container might send me over to the dark side more often than is healthy.
The truth is (and I dare say most folks who know me well will agree – you DO agree, do you not???) that I’m not normally a whiny irky person at heart, and rarely (if at all) do I wax political in any flavor of that tediously tiresome vein. And furthermore, I am nothing if not supreeeemly smitten with my native land, the people who populate it, and effusively grateful for the privilege that my sweet navy blue passport affords me.
There are times that woefully try my patience. Moments when I’m reminded that cultural stereotypes become stereotypes for good reason. When the behavior of my fellow U.S. compatriots would seem mighty accurate, and DRIVE.ME.NUTS.
This cartoon is one of those times:
Now it’s not as if nobody else (from say… India, et al) ever donned a “NorthFace” jacket. Indeed, in many Asian countries it’s pretty much impossible to avoid the plethora of such counterfeit rip-offs in every local market. But I must say, it’s ever been a silent, unvoiced pet-peeve of mine, when I see my compatriots blithely impersonating walking billboards, for Nike, Coach, American Eagle, Tommy Hifliger, GAP, L.L.Bean, Eddie Bower, Abercombie & Fitch, Guess, DKNY, Bill Blass, Dockers, Converse, OshKosh (plastered on our toddlers for heaven’s sake!), and lest we forget – the grand-daddy of all apparel logo advertising: Msr. Lauren’s bitty polo pony on the left breast of every blessed golf-esque shirt on the Planet.
I just can’t help but wonder when it all started. Just when exactly, clothing manufacturers came up with the (majorly *brilliant* from a marketing standpoint) idea of plastering their brands prominently on the duds they S.E.L.L. (yup, amazingly we actually PAY to be a walking billboard – indeed, will apparently pay MORE to have Tommy or Eddie or some guy named “Fitch” trumpeted on our every stitch we wear.)
And even more of a wonder… that we all bought into it so very meekly – hook, line, and sinker.
So what do YOU think? Am I just being cranky here this morning? Or does it seem we’ve all kinda turned into some new breed of sheep?