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Purveyor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-07-08 01:11 PM
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Israeli Designs 'Who killed Barack Obama?' T-Shirts
Israeli fashion designer shakes up New York with T-Shirts, hoodies bearing this controversial message. Shirts are a hit, but designer receives death threats

Yaniv Halily

NEW YORK - The American political system sees its fair share of mudslinging, accusation and incendiary statementsespecially during a presidential election campaign. An Israeli fashion designer residing in New York has, however, managed to stir up heated controversy in the city even in the midst of a hotly contested presidential campaign.

The brouhaha began several weeks ago, when the American press began to examine the possibility that Senator Barack Obama might be a target for assassination should he win the Democratic Partys nomination for the presidency. Obama is believed to have a real chance at becoming the first African-American US president, but many American are less than thrilled by this likely scenario.

Doron Braunshtein, an Israeli fashion designer and owner of the Apollo Braun fashion boutique in New York, decided to capitalize on this sensational Obama story by creating his own line of T-shirts bearing the logo Who killed Obama?

In creating this controversial clothing line, the designer had hoped to wed the political and fashion scenes, and comment on various societal phenomenon surrounding the heated election campaign. The who shot Obama? slogan is a throw back to popular 80s TV show, Dallas, which featured the immortal line who shot J.R.?

What was supposed to be a limited clothing line for New Yorks youth soon caught fire, however, and became a fashion phenomenon all throughout the United States. With success came fierce debate and public scrutiny, as millions of Americans saw the shirts as blatant incitement against Obama and as a call for his assassination.

---EOE---

http://www.ynetnews.com/Ext/Comp/ArticleLayout/CdaArtic...
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ayeshahaqqiqa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-07-08 01:14 PM
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1. that's just sick
and I'd say the same for whatever name of a living person were there.
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Frustratedlady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-07-08 01:16 PM
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3. I just told a friend this morning, that nothing had better happen to him...
or the people would be marching on the WH. How sick.
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Purveyor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-07-08 01:27 PM
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6. Indeed it is. This is the first I've heard of it. eom
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Buzz Clik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-07-08 01:14 PM
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2. I can see why it's a hit. I'm mean, what could be any funnier?
Edited on Mon Apr-07-08 01:22 PM by Buzz Clik
In case you just can't tell: my title is exactly the opposite of how I feel.
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sinkingfeeling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-07-08 01:19 PM
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4. How is that funny in any sense?
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Buzz Clik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-07-08 01:23 PM
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5. it isn't
I edited my post.
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Poll_Blind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-07-08 01:32 PM
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7. Is this illegal?
  I'm certain of one thing- it's in incredibly poor taste. However, does anyone who follows free speech issues know if this is illegal- probably under incitement?

PB
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Poll_Blind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-07-08 01:36 PM
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9. BTW, in a few articles I've seen they claim it's to "raise awareness".
  You roll a 0. Epic fail. Let me check in the Dungeon Master's guide for this one...Ah! Right here:

Your attack fails. So horribly, in fact, that the sword you use literally comes apart on striking your opponant. Secret Service agents surround you and present you with 1d4 subpoenas before taking you into custody.


PB
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awoke_in_2003 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-09-08 12:48 AM
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25. "Is this illegal?"
Hard to say how the courts would interpret it. But one thing is for sure- Presidents and Vice Presidents, current and past, along with all serious presidential candidates fall under the protection of the Secret Service. That is a scary bunch to mess with.
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Poll_Blind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-09-08 10:35 AM
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26. Indeed! n/t
PB
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grassfed Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-07-08 01:35 PM
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8. Unacceptable. Protest. Contact 212-726- 8075 apollomusik@yahoo.com
Demand the removal of these shirts from the store and website.

Apollo Braun aka Doron Braunshtein
apollomusik@yahoo.com
http://www.myspace.com/apollobraun

Store located at 193 Orchard Street (Corner of Houston), NY ,NY 10002



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MadAndy Donating Member (202 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-07-08 02:08 PM
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10. That's out-fin-rageous. The FBI should do a rectal exam of these morons for promoting assasination.
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Turner Ashby Donating Member (140 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-07-08 02:11 PM
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11. Did the guy start selling them on MLK day?
That would be the only way it could get any more tasteless.
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-07-08 02:20 PM
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12. It's an ugly spirit which hopes to enrich itself by desensitizing the public to someone's murder.
He's probably not worth more as a designer than he is as a human being.

It's an exploitive, crude, and unwelcome idea.
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drexel dave Donating Member (452 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-08-08 08:21 PM
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22. I live in one of the top 20 dangerous cities in America
and I hate to say it, but Americans here are already desensitized to murder.
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yurbud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-07-08 02:37 PM
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13. if this had been about Bush, the guy would be hanging by his nuts at gitmo already.
Edited on Mon Apr-07-08 02:39 PM by yurbud
Not that I think that should happen in any case.
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Poll_Blind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-07-08 02:52 PM
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14. From New York Press: "Once It's on a T-Shirt, It Never Goes Away"
nypress.com/blogx/display_blog.cfm?bid=8588589

  Even the alternative press is vomiting over this shit.

Today I received a package that seemed no different than many of the others that arrive every day. But instead of some DVDs, unknown musician's CDs or some random sampling of candy, it was a pink T-shirt that read: "Who Killed Obama?"

It gave me that sinking feeling. I read the press release and discovered it's the work of Doron Braunshtein, aka Apollo Braun, who has a shop down on Orchard Street in the Lower East Side. Then I showed it around the office: "Is that for real?" I had the same question so called up Braun and spoke to him about the line that he launched over a month ago and is attracting plenty of attention due to his window display.

--snip--

"Could you imagine if Obama were killed? They might blame me. Then I'd be take to jail and have to have prison sex." But Braun, a charming provocateur doesn't seem too worried about the prospect.




Sick asshole. That's him, btw, in his creation.

PB
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bbgrunt Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-07-08 05:43 PM
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15. sick sick sick. "Doron Braunshtein" must be a typo--that
should be MORON Braunshtein.
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libodem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-07-08 07:02 PM
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16. Hummm, CIA or FBI
would be my guess, via a 'lone gunman', connected to nobody. I do fear for Obama, he reminds me too much to JFK. Young, smart, talented, and his own man. He may have the audacity to stand above the frey, therefore he is a target.
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Skittles Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-07-08 07:51 PM
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17. ugly and offensive n/t
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LongTomH Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Apr-07-08 10:57 PM
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18. Really disgusting!
This is just another sign of the coarsening of American popular culture - and I'm not really certain who's more to blame.
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DangerousRhythm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-08-08 05:55 AM
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19. Wow, you know...
I must say very little, VERY little, offends me. I am not the type to get offended at most things others would find offensive. This though? Absolutely tacky, tasteless and disgusting. I don't even know what the hell I can say about it that wouldn't send me off into some tirade. Fashion phenomenon, really? Just wow.
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classysassy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-08-08 04:15 PM
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20. An Arab
designer that designed a "who shot mc cain" t shirt would already be in custody of the police.
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Poll_Blind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-09-08 10:36 AM
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27. I have no doubt that they would. n/t
PB
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bingowas-hisname-o Donating Member (7 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-08-08 05:45 PM
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21. I would never wear one of those
Number 1-It's offensive and a provocation that may cause crazy people out there to attempt to harm Obama.
Number 2-I would get probably get in trouble with the FBI or police.
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Divine Discontent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-08-08 08:42 PM
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23. what was the deal about the british (I think) production company
who made the movie where bush was assassinated? I think the GOPers were outraged by that, like a year ago. This is tasteless sensationalism - and people are doing this kind of thing more and more to get ANY kind of attention they can to promote their business and themselves.
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anitar1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Apr-08-08 09:43 PM
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24. I want to say, "what a swine" , but that insults swine.
This is one Israeli who should go home and stay there.
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democracy1st Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Apr-09-08 10:40 AM
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28. Barack Obama makes everyone keep up with US politics
:kick:
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