Wednesday, September 8, 2010

9/11 Kooky Commemorative Expressions

When you are driven to find everyday humor in life,
days like 9/11 feel like emotional pinnacles of strife.
On the one hand, people need a laugh even more,
to provide a pause between the sad memories of yore.

But there is a fine line between what's tasteless and what's funny...
commemorating the event vs. just trying to make money.
For me, the funniest things are those that had serious intentions,
such as the following 9/11 kooky commemorative expressions.

First we have a movie trailer for a musical about life post 9/11,
filled with actor written songs which could bring tears from heaven.
If written and sung well, the idea may have succeeded,
but I think the crowd will agree that the message feels impeded.

Next my jaw dropped from the above commemorative dollar commercial...
which I laughed at while feeling disgusting and controversial.
I still don't understand what the heck it has to do with Liberia.
Does US memorabilia money fit their tender exchange criteria?

Last I found the National Collector's Mint's sentimental attempt.
Each coin contains ground zero silver bricks - once solid, then unkempt.
The coin would be simple and beautiful if they'd stopped at polishing it up.
Instead they took it one step further and made the Twin Towers be pop up.

I think the easiest thing to conclude from all the above evidence,
is that some methods for commemorating don't make so much sense.
The scary part is they wouldn't exist without a target consumer.
I wonder if they really were meant to tickle my sense of humor?

© Rachel Hoyt 2010 - 2011

1 comment:

  1. Humor and 9/11? I don't know how anyone can pull that off. It has a tendency to sound crass and insensitive.

    Fickle Cattle


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