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Call me old fashioned, but if you are going to say FUCK then say FUCK, a F*CK is exactly the same thing, only it looks stupid.
Then again I don't really get the point of the shirts. If a person was not going to vote, yet this shirt caused them to vote, I would question how informed they were. Sure even the uninformed have a right to vote, I just would rather that the informed ones outnumbered them.
On the other hand I suppose it would bring a smile to the face of a few people, and piss off a few other people, so if the only point was to get some (any) reaction out of the people who say you wearing it, then I guess it serves its purpose.
Or, buy one of my VOTE OR DIE! products, which have been around longer but with utterly no promotion and therefore next to no sales whatsoever. ;)
Ah here I was trying to snag a little publicity for my long-forgotten VOD! products and I forgot the href would be stripped and there'd be no link. Where's the fun in just pasting the URL? So it shall simply remain a mystery.
Does your VOD line predate your blog? I relatively certain the Vote, Fucker line does....
On another, and more important note, I sometimes forget how liberal Portland is. Sporting my vote, fucker shirt in Boston today I got several dirty looks and even had someone say nasty things about the appropriateness of the shirt (though he would only speak to another in my group and never directly to me).
VOD is from ages ago, I think around '99. But ever since I let the domain for the project it was associated with lapse, I never even think about it anymore unless I happen to see a sale of one of the item on Cafepress, heh. It just lingers around in the background, forgotten until someone runs across it. Which would tend to explain why it's almost entirely unknown, of course. No reason for anyone else to have seen/heard it when I keep forgetting it existed. For what it's worth, it's original orgin was as the title of a piece I had written online that eventually ended up on the X-PAC site, oddly enough.
I think the reason for not saying FUCK straightout is that these shirts are focused on the 18-22 crowd; the new(ish) voters. Because many of them are in some kind of schooling situation, be it high(school) or under(grad), I think someone payed attention to the fact that many of the fine institutions disaprove/disallow a big naughty word such as FUCK to be paraded on their property. Which is not to say that mentality is right, just that they didn't want to inspire free speech lawsuits; just more voters.
Hey b!X -- Just yesterday, I saw Sean "Puff Daddy" Combs on Good Morning America promoting a new youth-oriented GOTV effort - he was wearing a shirt that said.... "Vote or Die".
It was inevitable that someone else would also think of it. Actually, I would tend to believe that I couldn't possibly have been the first either, because it's such an obviously good slogan.
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