Friday, February 11, 2005

Un-bearably P.C.

What's the world coming to when even a teddy bear smacks of insensitivity. An AP story points to the cautionary tale of the Vermont Teddy Bear Company and its recent creation, the $69.95 "Crazy for You" bear, which comes safely ensconced in its own straitjacket and with commitment papers, to boot.

As you might expect, advocates for the mentally ill -- or, as they're known to the Vermont Teddy Bear Company, crazy fuckers -- decried the troubled bear, which in turn forced the company's head to resign from the board of Vermont's largest hospital. "The recent controversy surrounding one of my company's teddy bears will detract from my ability to serve effectively, and I cannot allow this to occur," Elisabeth Robert said in a written statement released by the Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.

"Last month, Robert apologized to anyone offended by the bear, but said it would not be taken off the market [before Valentine's Day]," AP reported. "The company sold out of the bears last week and said it did not plan to manufacture more."

In a related development, the Vermont-based firm plans to roll out its This-Porridge-Makes-Me-Feel-Bloated Bear in time for the Thanksgiving holidays, complete with a furry paw shoved down its guilt-ridden mouth.

4 Comments:

At 6:43 AM, Blogger Ceres said...

Oh what a lovely thought in the morning-- a bulimic teddy bear.

 
At 6:45 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I have seen their commercials late at night. I believe Adam C? from MTV's "Loveline" fame is the comany's spokesperson.

 
At 4:32 PM, Blogger aka_monty said...

Hello, my fellow Okielander!

The silver lining:
Thanks to the crazy-lovers, those bears are SERIOUS collectibles now...

Now I'm off to submit a suggestion for a "Let's have pre-marital sex" bear & see how many people I can piss off. My life's work, you know.

 
At 5:16 PM, Blogger Chase McInerney said...

Not to be confused, of course, with the "let's have pre-marital sex" BEER .... which is a hell of a lot more common.

Thanks for the post, fellow Okielander.

 

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