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Pounding Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and Nelson Mandela into the ground to sell nails

Jul 11, 2012 By Abraham

Creative but eerily tasteless ads…


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  1. Sammy says:

    Tasteless? Methinks not. They’re advertising those as the strongest people in history, which in some respects, they are. You’re going out of your way to take offense if you want to examine it THAT far and say they’re “pounding them into the ground.” Especially to say it’s out of disrespect. They just might not’ve considered your perspective.

    Tl;dr, it’s not tasteless, it’s just ineffective advertising because it’s easy to misinterpret.

    1. Juanny says:

      Aside from being annoyed that you didn’t so much as acknowledge my pun, I’m curious, what did Mother Teresa do to deserve such disdain?

        1. Juanny says:


          And my response to your response has been awaiting moderation for 12 hours now. I’m not typing all that again.

          1. Amy says:

            Regarding your pun — Mother Teresa’s nail is in concrete. I think you can understand my confusion.

          2. Juanny says:

            Well, would you look at that. I didn’t even notice, I just assumed it was in wood. Silly me.

    1. Juanny says:

      Really? Linking to Slate? You should feel honored that I’m bothering to respond.

      Regarding the pun: Warped. Come on, Amy. It was effing. brilliant.

      So this article begins by stating two really solid reasons for hating Mother Teresa: 1) The Pope did something the author didn’t think was appropriate and 2) some random lady said she was healed by a picture. Oh, the hatred that is burning in my loins!

      It moves on to MT stating that abortion is wrong. The mercury is rising! Everybody grab your pitchforks! The author then states, “She spent her life opposing the only known cure for poverty, which is the empowerment of women and the emancipation of them from a livestock version of compulsory reproduction.”


      The “only known” cure for poverty? From what I hear, the U.S. legalized abortion 40 years ago and still has poverty. Maybe I’m misunderstanding what poverty is. Or what a “livestock version of compulsory reproduction” is. Or maybe I don’t know what a “woman” is. Or maybe the author is a real d-bag and I shouldn’t continue responding. But I can’t do that!

      The author then implies MT misused donations without a single citation. “Where did that money, and all the other donations, go?” Probably to somewhere super important, like Slate. And the hospice was run-down? By whose standards? A run-down hospice is doing more than Slate’s pretty webpage. Moving on.

      MT supposedly liked California clinics. Citation? Regardless, this assumes the treatment she was receiving in these clinics was different or superior to that of the hospices, or that she didn’t deserve to go to these clinics. Again, whose standards? Is the author of this piece the ultimate judge of what is or is not an appropriate use of resources? I’ll admit, it’s possible some ish was wack; that MT was *gaspity gasp* a human being, full of imperfections and faults! NOOO! She even named convents after herself! Where did MT get off?! What a prideful woman! The author of this article obviously knows something about humility, so I’ll take his word for it.

      Yeah. I’ll listen to what Christopher Hitchens has to say about humility. Since you didn’t pick up on my last device, the last sentence is an example of sarcasm.

      The rest of the article is just “MT bad! MT bad! MT bad!” So I won’t respond to it.

      I think what we have here is a fundamental difference in perspective. MT said suffering is good and abortion is a destroyer of peace. Was she wrong? I don’t think so, but I think we can disagree without attacking character, particularly of MT who did more to comfort and love people than Slate could possibly be accused of. Or, Jesus H. Christ, Christopher effing Hitchens.

      MT was a great woman. Some half-assed article written by a militant atheist isn’t going to change that.

  2. Lauren says:

    You people need to learn to pay attention. These people have taken such a “pounding” in their efforts to improve the world. While some nails might bend or warp, nails such as these hold the world together. Don’t be so negative.

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