“It’s memorial day for Kristallnacht! Treat yourself with more tender cheese on your crispy chicken
consumerism is king. while “hate” is bad, it has been impressively monetized. amazon, alphabet, aka google and youtube, and others have, either intentionally or unintentionally, profited from the hate.
the apex of “hate” consumerism was from kentucky fried chicken. kfc germany’s promotion boldly celebrated anti-semitism. their announcement was awesome: “it’s memorial day for kristallnacht! treat yourself with more tender cheese on your crispy chicken.” jta.org it is certainly time to understand that nothing spells out commemorating an historical act of violence against jews with a non-kosher treat. perhaps next year, kfc can improve the promotion with a bacon slice add on.
the united states endured the ye and mr. kyrie irving episodes of alleged “anti-semitism.” these episodes also produced financial winners. amazon’s sales for the controversial movie and book promoted by mr. irving’s post is doing well, the book’s author is doing well, and the adl, a group supposedly fighting hate, is doing well. they have acquired funds from adidas who hopes to save their reputation.
social media companies and social media participants have done well on the ye and kyrie irving controversies. monetized content, with clicks, translates to bucks for the likes of youtube. likewise, content creators on both sides of the aisle have used the opportunity for better clout, i.e. more subscribed and views. with all this money to be made, perhaps mr. gordon gecko would declare “hate is good!”
what is to make of this phenomena? consumerism distorts the war against anti-semitism. high profile hate incidents are monetized by a variety of forces on all sides of the controversy. prevention from violence, opportunities to educate, opportunities to heal and opportunities to either seek forgiveness and to forgive become lost in the dollar opportunities.
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