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Should I Be Offended By This?

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I saw these for sale the other day, in Dunelm if anyone's interested, and my immediate thoughts were that they were in quite bad taste. If, for instance, I manufactured a product called The Herald Of Tea Enterprise, would that be OK? 

So, do I have a right to be offended or do I need to man-up? :smile:

 

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It isn't something I would let get to me, but it is insensitive.  Would they make such a product about the Costa Concordia?  I think not.

Just because something happened over 100 years ago, it doesn't make the deaths any less meaningful.

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Give it another 70 years and we probably will have Herald of Free Enterprise pun based items.

Same for Costa Concordia

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37 minutes ago, stef123 said:

I have a sinking feeling that you need to man up:ph34r:

That's worse than my scone joke was! :smile:

20 minutes ago, jmurray01 said:

It isn't something I would let get to me, but it is insensitive.  Would they make such a product about the Costa Concordia?  I think not.

Just because something happened over 100 years ago, it doesn't make the deaths any less meaningful.

That's kinda what I was trying to say. It doesn't REALLY bother me but it made me a bit uncomfortable. 

6 minutes ago, SeanW said:

Give it another 70 years and we probably will have Herald of Free Enterprise pun based items.

Same for Costa Concordia

I thought my 'Herald Of Tea Enterprise' was pretty clever, in an insensitive sort of way.  

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30 minutes ago, Turvey said:

That's kinda what I was trying to say. It doesn't REALLY bother me but it made me a bit uncomfortable.

Yep, uncomfortable is the word.

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There are some severely bad taste things in the world.
Taking the p out of disasters is not clever in my books (and I have quite a 'gallows humour' outlook on life).

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Just to go against the grain here but it doesn't bother me in the slightest. That might make me a bad person I don't know, it takes a lot to offend me. When I see this I just think of the mechanical sinking of the Titanic and not the lives lost and ruined.

There is a sketch about being offended that always makes me laugh...




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I quite like the tea infuser, but more for the cleverness than what it is as such.  We have Titanic Tea in Belfast (and titanic chippies, titanic pubs, etc) - we are quite light hearted about the whole thing here now (she was fine when she left here you know).  Much more so than we would have been when I was younger, I suppose the time since the tragedy is a factor.  Mind you, we are doing quite well from the tourism now!

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Neither product in the original post is in good taste tbh, but thats the world we live in!  People will buy anything!

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6 hours ago, tarbyonline said:

I quite like the tea infuser, but more for the cleverness than what it is as such.  We have Titanic Tea in Belfast (and titanic chippies, titanic pubs, etc) - we are quite light hearted about the whole thing here now (she was fine when she left here you know).  Much more so than we would have been when I was younger, I suppose the time since the tragedy is a factor.  Mind you, we are doing quite well from the tourism now!

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Neither product in the original post is in good taste tbh, but thats the world we live in!  People will buy anything!

I suppose the difference between the tea and the pubs etc and the tat I saw is, is that you are celebrating the building of the ship and of the shipyards in general whereas what I posted about is, in my opinion(for what it's worth) taking the p*ss out of the the sinking of the Titanic and the consequential deaths thereafter. If there were NO deaths I don't think it would really bother me :wink: 

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On 09/03/2017 at 0:36 AM, Jonro2009 said:

Just to go against the grain here but it doesn't bother me in the slightest. That might make me a bad person I don't know, it takes a lot to offend me. When I see this I just think of the mechanical sinking of the Titanic and not the lives lost and ruined.

There is a sketch about being offended that always makes me laugh...

 

 


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I'm offended when I see boy boybands!!! :lol1::laugh:

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9 hours ago, Turvey said:

I suppose the difference between the tea and the pubs etc and the tat I saw is, is that you are celebrating the building of the ship and of the shipyards in general whereas what I posted about is, in my opinion(for what it's worth) taking the p*ss out of the the sinking of the Titanic and the consequential deaths thereafter. If there were NO deaths I don't think it would really bother me :wink: 

Exactly my opinion.  Very crass.

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In a similar vein, I see the Daily Star is offering £1 day trips to France on P&O tomorrow.  Just days after the 30th anniversary of the Hearld of Free Enterprise disaster, a ship which was so full because of a similar promotion.  Coincidentally the operator of that ship became P&O ferries!

 

12 hours ago, Turvey said:

I suppose the difference between the tea and the pubs etc and the tat I saw is, is that you are celebrating the building of the ship and of the shipyards in general whereas what I posted about is, in my opinion(for what it's worth) taking the p*ss out of the the sinking of the Titanic and the consequential deaths thereafter. If there were NO deaths I don't think it would really bother me :wink: 

Agreed, though I suppose its a blurry line given that in all of these cases people are using the legacy of the disaster for financial gain.  

 

14 hours ago, Stoney871 said:

My wife (from Belfast btw) always says that it took thousands of Irishmen to build the Titanic and one Englisman to sink her.

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HA!  Often hear that one as well.  Theres been a definite increase in the amount of merchandise/memorabilia associated with Titanic here in the past 10 years or so.  There was even a depiction of her being built in a funeral home I was in a few weeks ago!

I can't think of anywhere else in the world were people would be proud to have built a ship that sank on her maiden voyage!  Coincidentally I'll be leaving Belfast in a few hours to go to Titanic's home port of Liverpool (via Ireland and Wales).

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13 hours ago, Turvey said:

I suppose the difference between the tea and the pubs etc and the tat I saw is, is that you are celebrating the building of the ship and of the shipyards in general whereas what I posted about is, in my opinion(for what it's worth) taking the p*ss out of the the sinking of the Titanic and the consequential deaths thereafter. If there were NO deaths I don't think it would really bother me :wink: 

And yet both the Titanic and Herald of Free Enterprise disasters have gone on to save a lot more lives than were lost!!

Titanic led to the introduction of SOLAS (Safety Of Lives At Sea) and the HFR saw more amendments to that. 

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26 minutes ago, tarbyonline said:

 

Agreed, though I suppose its a blurry line given that in all of these cases people are using the legacy of the disaster for financial gain.  

Fair point.

16 minutes ago, SeanW said:

And yet both the Titanic and Herald of Free Enterprise disasters have gone on to save a lot more lives than were lost!!

Titanic led to the introduction of SOLAS (Safety Of Lives At Sea) and the HFR saw more amendments to that. 

I suppose every 'disaster' will make authorities aware of shortcomings in H&S etc which will help us all at later dates, whether we like the outcome or not ie longer queues at airport check-in etc  

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11 hours ago, Stoney871 said:

Good old Aussie humour.

A celebration for the rescue team not the minors whom were trapped for three months 😁 they just want a shower and somthing to eat then back to work.

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