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Brandon's Big Gay Blog

This Year's Christmas Trampling

by Brandon Burt
- Posted // 2010-12-05 -

I don't want to offend the Bill O'Reilly types, so I'd like to wish everybody a Merry Christmas as they view this footage of the annual post-Thanksgiving retail stampede at a Buffalo, N.Y., Target store:

Those who worry that merchants who wish their clients "happy holidays" are disregarding the, ahem, "reason for the season" should consider that merchants are the ones who, generations ago, relegated the second-most sacred of Christian holy days to a marketing ploy.

I'm not saying anything new here. I'm just wondering whether or not forcing store clerks to say "merry Christmas" during this annual festival of consumerist greed is really a good evangelical strategy. Frankly, I wouldn't want my religion associated with it.

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Posted // December 6,2010 at 08:23

I see footage like this every year and everytime I see it I feel like I've been kicked in the gut. Most of the selfish, ignorant slugs featured in these Black Friday love-fests make me sick.

However, it was nice to see at least a couple people that had broken though the scrum come back and try to help after realizing they had just stepped on somebody's head.

Christmas has been reduced to a nasty, commercialized, bargain-shopping fraud.

 

Posted // December 6,2010 at 14:41 - No doubt, Mamba, no doubt.

 

Posted // December 6,2010 at 12:37 - What's really sickening is when they interview people checking out and you see what they bought, the crap that just couldn't wait until, oh, 4 in the afternoon instead of 4 in the morning. "I bought these really ugly, sparkly socks for my daughter that she wants and I got my husband an electric shaver even though he's dead and I bought this stuffed parrot toy for my niece!"

 

 
 
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