“People of Wal-Mart”
I hate going to Wal-Mart because mostly of Wal-Mart. The owners of Wal-Mart are unethical, greedy, classist, greedy, responsible for pushing an over consuming agenda, greedy, and greedy. If I didn’t have a problem with Wal-Mart’s ethics I would still take issue with how crowded the store is, as in how much merchandise is stuffed everywhere thus limiting movement, and more than that, how for some reason people who stand in line at Wal-Mart (vs. my experiences with standing in line at other stores) are determined to get as close to me as possible. I cannot remember a time I checked out of Wal-Mart without wanting to scream, “GET OFF MY FUCKING ASS YOU FUCKING ASSHOLE. HANGING ON TO MY ASS WILL NOT GET YOU CHECKED OUT ANY QUICKER! PERSONAL SPACE YOU INA-PRO-PRO JERK!”
Nevertheless, I believe all the videos posted on YouTube making fun of Wal-Mart customers are classist (as HELL), racist, sexist, and homophobic. I hate when people post those videos on Facebook looking for a laugh. In addition to the videos, there is an actual site that encourages people to submit pictures and videos of complete strangers seen in Wal-Mart. On a lonely Saturday afternoon when there is nothing on the telly but the military channel showing old footage of Hitler and his gang strategically taking over Germany, don’t fool yourself into believing that will never happen here, in the good ol’ U.S.A or that you will never be so gullible. If people are readily willing to expose complete strangers to mockery, there is only one small step more from being willing to spy on your neighbors and report back in detail. If you think it is okay to post pictures of people without their permission, then know yourself as being perfectly primed for fascism.
The assholes who first created “People of Wal-Mart,” did so because supposedly after going down to the South (South Carolina) and seeing spectacles so awe-inspiring, they could not fight back the urge to compound and perpetuate the classist hatred and disdain the rest of the USA already has with the South and with people who do not meet the standards of the status quo. These urbane and polished dandies (see picture of the three amigos below) of proper society, the founders of “People of Wal-Mart” are from Pennsylvania. You know Harrison City, Pennsylvania, the world’s foremost leader in style and sophistication of all things cultural, particularly highbrow Art and Literature. Nothing is as avant-garde as Penn-Trafford warrior accessorizing, militia chic, and bible thumping pageantry found throughout the boroughs and fashion districts of Pennsylvania. Not to mention how travel agents from Ankara, Turkey to Juneau, Alaska list Harrison City, Pennsylvania as the jet-setter capital of the world.
Why aren’t the Wal-Mart customers featured seen as special artistic snowflakes instead of eye assaults? What makes what they are wearing and driving such an effrontery to the average American’s sensibilities? So much so that people think it is perfectly okay to openly ridicule, –and profit. Because the status quo defines, that’s why. And everyone knows the status quo will only define someone/or something (the “something” is being used here because vehicles in the parking lot are also mocked) as a special snowflake if that someone/something upholds the status quo. The people in the pictures (actual people, not creatures as the site refers to them as) are giving the status quo a big FUCK YOU simply by not being the status quo. Good for them!
The “People of Wal-Mart” site has been so successful that it has allowed the founders (three white men) to quit their day jobs. That’s right folks. Here in America, you can profit from bullying.
Oh, but give them a break. The benevolent little Harrison City fuckwads will remove your picture if you email and politely ask Massa’ to do so. If you don’t have a computer, or never find out you have been “featured,” well, oh well. All is fair in exploitation, bullying and getting rich especially when it is the already privilege screwing over the less fortunate.
Out of the mouths of
babes jerks: “A lot of people have the misconception that we’re just a bunch of mean, angry people,” Adam Kipple says. “We do our best to keep it fun. We’re not trying to hurt anybody. We’re just trying to have some fun.”
See, other people’s opinions, including people who are “featured” (and their family and friends) on the site aren’t capable of recognizing the reality of the situation. No, according to the oppressors (Adam Kipple, Andrew Kipple and Luke Wherry) (all slobby looking fart asses by the way), those people have a misconception. Because everyone who knows anything knows it is not the actuality of what nasty oppressive white men do that matters, but their intentions.