22 responses

  1. Chris F
    March 20, 2013

    The production of these T-shirts is virtually entirely automated, and they still sell for 15 GBP (about 25 USD) ??? Someone’s making a fat profit.

  2. ErikSMeyer
    March 20, 2013

    They could have just hired an editor for their programmatically generated drivel, to ensure what was being offered to the public had been at least seen and approved by a person, if not written by one. It is a kind of new low for content “creation,” one that will doubtless soon be exceeded as automation spreads to other areas, like television scripts.
    AI: Absence of Intelligence

    • David J. Hill
      March 20, 2013

      I can’t think of a more thankless, underutilized, and barely appreciated job than an editor (if we were talking graphic designers, I would replace ‘underutilized’ with ‘overworked’). The number of small/medium companies that fly without the assistance of one is appalling and explains one of the main driving forces behind the decline of quality content, imo.

  3. Armin Hanik
    March 20, 2013

    700 words….. and HOW EXACTLY did rape get into that list??

    Why has this question not been asked, leave alone answered.

    • David J. Hill
      March 21, 2013

      It’s a good question and I thought about it while I was writing this, so I’ll offer some possibilities here. Just so it’s clear: I’m not condoning the use of the word ‘rape’ on the T-shirts or the actions of Solid Gold Bomb in any way. But if we are only considering how a person ends up on with a list that includes this word, here are a few possibilities I could think of:

      1. A word list was found on the Internet, barely spot checked, and ‘rape’ was overlooked.
      2. A word list was quickly generated and the person who typed it meant to type ‘rap’ and accidentally hit an ‘e’, then failed to spot the error. (If it said “Keep Calm and Rap A Lot” there would be no controversy).

      Now, for all we know, ‘rape’ was intentionally used in these T-shirts. But, in my own past, I have (1) failed to thoroughly look something over and (2) accidentally mistyped something offensive when I meant something that was innocuous. It doesn’t mean that I’m not responsible for what I wrote, but it does mean that my intent was not what it may have seemed.

      The bigger point of the article is that the more we automate processes, the greater possibility for a person’s error, laziness, indifference, or crassness to get propagated and even magnified for the world to see. Undoubtedly, more quality control checks are desperately needed, but would people be willing to pay 10-20% more for a product to ensure that this happens? Most wouldn’t and that’s why the problem isn’t going away.

  4. Vainisto
    March 21, 2013

    I really never saw the problem with this. If anything, the phrase is comical.

    • Improbus Liber
      Improbus Liber
      March 21, 2013

      To a hipster everything is irony.

      • Vainisto
        March 21, 2013

        I’d be pretty worried about it if people uncontrollably followed directions printed on t-shirts. Next year, English speaking countries won’t report a sudden spike in sexual violence coinciding with the release of this shirt.

  5. Robert Schreib
    March 23, 2013

    Perhaps they could outsource to IBM’s “Watson” to simply censor the world’s most offensive words like ‘Rape”, etc. Still, you have to keep in mind the overriding fact that it is impossible NOT to publish or print something that will not offend SOMEONE!

  6. gklasek
    May 4, 2013

    Here we go again, just as the “Keep Calm and Rape On” t-shirts were taken down now enjoi skateboards is promoting domestic violence with their “Ex-Girlfriend” t-shirt. Domestic violence isn’t a joke and this t-shirt isn’t funny. Help us get enjoi to take down the shirt and continue spreading love of skateboarding without adding to the desensitization of violence that already exists.
    http://www.change.org/petitions/enjoi-globe-skate-boards-remove-their-pro-domestic-violence-t-shirt

    • gklasek
      May 4, 2013

      Also after enjoi’s first response “this shirt is in no way promoting domestic violence. it’s just simply saying that her boyfriend loves skating more than her. something that a lot of males that ride skateboards have heard from their girlfriends. the character on this tee was never a victim of domestic obese. Thanks” their new response can be seen on the front page of their website. http://www.enjoico.com

      • Ella Birt
        May 4, 2013

        gklasek, thanks for posting this! I have signed the petition, and shared it wherever I have reach. This is incredibly disgusting, and it has to stop somewhere. This companies response to the situation is even more incredible! Seems like a bunch of kids run the company, but I know they have been around for a while. I hope they get their heads together and realize, regardless of their lack of social responsibility, a t-shirt like that has no place in the marketplace.

      • gklasek
        May 4, 2013

        Awesome! Keep sharing and spreading people!

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    September 6, 2014

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