Crass Move of the Day: Here Are Five Brands Trying to Take Advantage of 9/11 for Sales

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Crass Move of the Day: Here Are Five Brands Trying to Take Advantage of 9/11 for Sales
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Build-A-Bear's hastily-deleted tweet was just one of several brands caught in the act of turning one of the most deadly attacks on American soil into a chance to promote their #brand with #sales on Twitter. That doesn't even compare to these four though. Here's Intimacy Box, a lingerie company, who had the gumption to even get the date of the attack wrong:



CVS couldn't resist slapping their corporate logo on their sentimentality (via Seth Fiegerman):



Of course, what better way to think about and honor 9/11 than from a company that makes prosthetic fappable lady-bits:



And finally, here's a series of tweets (via Brandon Wall) from a Bikram Yoga studio in Arlington, VA:



Bikram Yoga eventually apologized for any insensitivity, but not before laying down the Loose Change conspiracy nonsense and a healthy lack of Basic Human Dignity.

This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day

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This Is All Kinds Of Wrong of the Day
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Oh, wow -- a school district in El Paso, TX, is investigating after a fourth grader reported to mom that her teacher forced the class to draw graphic images of the September 11 attack on the World Trade Center.

"We had to draw the boom cloud and the planes hitting and people jumping out of windows," mom Ivie Gremillion said her daughter told her. "That's something that kids should get in trouble for drawing. That's people being murdered, people committing suicide."

The drawings depict stick figures falling from the burning buildings with speech bubbles that read "help" and "I love you."

Even worse, Gremillion's husband is headed to Afghanistan in the next few months, and she says her daughter is convinced he's going to die because the teacher said that "the Afghans did this because they hate all of us and they want to kill all of us."

The school district has apologized to parents and promises to resolve the matter asap.

[nydn]

September 11 Musical Tribute of the Day

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To celebrate Lower Manhattan on the anniversary of September 11, the guys at CDZA turned the streets into song.

Awesome as usual.

[cdza]

9/11 Heartbreaking Tearjerker of the Day

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9/11 Heartbreaking Tearjerker of the Day
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For 10 years, Randy Scott's family had taken comfort in the belief that he had been killed instantly when United Airlines Flight 175 flew into Two World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

But Randy had scrawled a message on a piece of scrap paper and tossed it from the tower:

84th floor

West Office

12 people trapped

"The Note," as his family now calls it, floated to the ground amidst the wreckage of Ground Zero, eventually making its way to the medical examiner's office, where DNA and handwriting linked it to Randy.

Randy's wife and three daughters learned of its existence in August 2011.

"I spent 10 years hoping that Randy wasn't trapped in that building," Denise, 57, said Friday from a front room in her Stamford home with two of her three daughters, Rebecca, 29, and Alexandra, 22, at her side.

"I thought he was killed instantly," Rebecca interjected.

"It was so close to impact," Alexandra concluded. [...]

In a steady tone, their mother explained the power of the note. "You don't want them to suffer. They're trapped in a burning building. It's just an unspeakable horror. And then you get this 10 years later. It just changes everything."

[stamfordadvocate]