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Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler » Corporate Blockheadedness

As in the grocery chain H.E.B. deciding to not play any of that Evil, Non-inclusive, Fascist Christmas Music™ in their stores anymore.

This is the kind of pandering to fascist minorities that I’d consider quite normal in Berkeley, but in TEXAS???

The Imperial Chief of Naval Ops has all of the details (including contact details) in the link above, but before you explode I’d like to add a few words, words that the Imperial Chief of Naval Ops pretty much use himself as well.

What we have here, I think, is more a case of corporate clusterfuckedness than any sort of “War on Christmas.”

You see, they’re sitting there when some unknown whining pissant Grinch lands a long tirade in their laps about the hateful, bigoted, intolerant nature of Christmas and, since the squeaky wheel always get the grease, they figure that it’s easier to just cut the music. The other customers probably don’t care much anyway. It just wouldn’t make a lick of business sense for them to go ahead and cut the seasonal festivities and good cheer if they thought that it would annoy 97% of their customers, so I honestly believe that they just fucked up.

Well, this is where the other customers get a chance to inform them, courteously of course, that yes, Virginia, we DO care. A great deal.

Hopefully, they’ll then realize that perhaps it’s not such a bloody brilliant idea to step on the toes of the vast majority of their customers, just because some slobbering, totalitarian Scrooge decided to be a royal pain in the behind.

If not, it’s obviously their decision to make. The stores belong to them, so if they want to play covers of surf music all of December, they can certainly go ahead and do just that.

Just as their customers are well within their rights to do their shopping elsewhere.

But let’s give them a chance to pull their heads out of their arses first.

25 Responses to “Corporate Blockheadedness”
  1. Unregistered Comment by annoyinglittletwerp UNITED STATES

    I work at a grocery that not ONLY plays Christmas songs-some of which(gasp!)openly speak of Jesus being Lord and savior-but that plays them despite a Bosnian center being not a half mile away.
    And for the record-the Bosnians(some of whom are Muzzies)haven’t complained to my knowledge.
    Ha!

  2. DJ Allyn,  ITW Comment by DJ Allyn, ITW UNITED STATES

    I started getting sick of the “Frosty the Snowman” music in stores right around Halloween. Don’t get me wrong — I don’t mind Christmas music at Christmas time, but thanks to the commercialization and marketing, by the time December 25th finally rolls around, I have been bombarded with almost four months of music ranging from Alvin and the Chipmunks to White Christmas — with those annoying barking Jingle Bell dogs thrown in.

  3. nclivingbrit2 Comment by nclivingbrit2 UNITED STATES

    While I too am usually sick of the Christmas music by December, I’m also sick of every little fuckstick thinking it’s ok to impose their particular version of the season on everyone else.

    For those who don’t want to hear Christmas music in a store, do what I do: Vote with your feet. If you don’t shop there, they’ll notice.

    I for one, despite not being a devout member of any organised religion (God and I don’t need a cashbox thumping interpreter getting in the way of our friendly bickering and occasional cussing matches) I would be moving on to another store when they pulled the holiday cheer from the majority of their customers out from under them, whether I was part of that group or not.

    For one thing, this continual attempt to bar faith from anywhere that isn’t a church irks the shit out of me. Next thing you know they’ll be banning folks from wearing crosses in case the Muzzies get offended. Seems to me this country was founded by Christians (outcast ones it’s true, but Christians all the same) for Christians with Christian ideal and Christian values (don’t mention the original tenants).

    So if you don’t want to be confronted with Christian celebrations in a predominantly Christian country, you’re sort of like someone moving to England who doesn’t want to be confronted with rain…

  4. nclivingbrit2 Comment by nclivingbrit2 UNITED STATES

    Oh, I forgot to add this addendum:

    I know my tweaking the nose of faith may offend some, but there are very good reasons for my disillusionment with organised religion. I will admit that the majority of adherents and office holders in the myriad of faiths are good, decent, honest and caring people

    I just happen to have met nothing but the other kind in my religious travels, so you’ll have to forgive the cynicism and my disinclination for anything other than a one-to-one relationship with the Man Upstairs.

    As to my comments on America, they are the good natured jibes one levels at a firm friend, the typical heterosexual male smartass bonding that comes from the security of real companionship. I love this crazy, mixed-up, semi-puritanical country of madman, geniuses, prophets and working stiffs far more than I could ever love my homeland in its pathetic final death throes. The country I was born in is long dead, a thing of history and myth, whereas the tale of this nation is ripe with possibilities.

    Thankfully so much of what made Great Britain great seems to have been exported to my new home, improved and enlarged upon despite the difficulties of sheer scale. If there is a country favoured by God, it’s probably this one.

    I can say this with pride: when I’ve earned it, I’ll be an American. For now, I’m just glad you’ve welcomed me into your home (and let me snag one of your daughters!). I love this fucking place!

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  6. L.C. Rowane Comment by L.C. Rowane

    I have politly, for me, informed 3 head offices of major chains that my considerably large family will not be shopping with them until they change their whole attitude about Christmas. Cato:s Target and GNC have finally gotten on my last nerve with their Happy Holidays twaddle. The first time I hear Happy Kwanzaa I am liable to lose it all upside some mindless fools head

  7. Cannon Fodder Comment by Cannon Fodder

    Well, here’s my idea on putting an end to these blithering idiots and their complaints. Promptly get ALL their contact information. Tell them that this is how it goes. Say that you will immediately stop the music, take down the decorations and cancell all the holliday sales.

    Following that simply inform them if you are going to kneel to them you are going to post their information at the doors and in the papers. That you are going to make sure everyone knows that everyone knows why the festivities stopped and who was responsible for the complaint. If they don’t like the conditions to go have a piping hot cup of SHUT THE FUCK UP!

  8. Unregistered Comment by Roger Glass UNITED STATES

    nclivinbrit2, I defer to superior analysts of history, but as I see it your homeland destroyed itself with World War I, atheism, and socialism. We nevertheless are eternally in Britain’s debt for constitutional government, civil liberties, Shakespeare, and rugby (not necessarily in that order).

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  10. cmblake6 Comment by cmblake6 UNITED STATES

    I too get fed up with commercialization of Christmas. Keep each season in its own season, celebrate it for what it is. Play the Christmas music at Christmas. Each of the religious holidays has its own celebratory musics. But I very much like the “vote with your feet” statement. The first amendment does NOT say no religion, it says government shall establish no religion. It also says government will not interfere with religion. If you know a store that plays Kwanzaa music, and you like that, go there. If you are so dedicated an atheist that you desire a store that has no music at all, go there. But STOP MESSING WITH THOSE WHO CHOOSE TO CELEBRATE. All of this crap about the ACLU getting crosses pulled down, Commandments pulled down, etc, by Government decree is directly in violation of the VERY FIRST AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION! Damnit, if you don’t like it, don’t look at it, but you don’t have the right to take it away from all the others who do.

  11. Unregistered Comment by annoyinglittletwerp UNITED STATES

    Did I mention that I can wish folks Merry Christmas with impunity too.
    I work at an eastern MO/western Illinois chain-and they’re great about things.
    Btw-I’m ALSO tired of hearing Christasy stuff before the day after Thankgiving.
    My store started making every other song a Christmas song after TG-and then switched to all carols about a week ago.
    Jan 2 they’ll go back to the pop.
    It’s reasonable.

  12. nclivingbrit2 Comment by nclivingbrit2 UNITED STATES

    nclivinbrit2, I defer to superior analysts of history, but as I see it your homeland destroyed itself with World War I, atheism, and socialism. We nevertheless are eternally in Britain’s debt for constitutional government, civil liberties, Shakespeare, and rugby (not necessarily in that order).

    Well, when I was just a boy my home was messed up politically, but the average people were still capable of rational thought and it hadn’t become a police state.

    Now with the constant surveillance, eroded (absent mostly) civil liberties and Nanny Government, it’s no place for a person who wants to think for themselves.

    The spirit that drove the Industrial Revolution and expansion of the Empire is gone, replaced by a weak kneed and rather pathetic urge to appease that makes me want to retch. Either appeasing the illegals who were already saturating London when I left five years ago, or appeasing the Pisslamic Fuckheads that are congregating in Birmingham and the North.

    They’re sowing the seeds of their own doom and too busy binge-drinking and putting fucking ASBO’s on each other to notice.

  13. Unregistered Comment by LC Croaker UNITED STATES

    I started getting sick of the “Frosty the Snowman” music in stores right around Halloween. Don’t get me wrong — I don’t mind Christmas music at Christmas time, but thanks to the commercialization and marketing, by the time December 25th finally rolls around, I have been bombarded with almost four months of music ranging from Alvin and the Chipmunks to White Christmas — with those annoying barking Jingle Bell dogs thrown in.

    I do have one thing to say. I know folks who work in retail. Now, imagine spending not just an hour or two of shopping time once a week in that kind of environment, but eight to ten hours a day, five to six days a week… it does, indeed, wear on the nerves.

  14. nclivingbrit2 Comment by nclivingbrit2 UNITED STATES

    I do have one thing to say. I know folks who work in retail.

    I worked at Wal Mart for several years, after the first few days you barely even notice the background music unless it’s something really jarring. Same went for the Christmas tunes, you just filtered them out.

  15. MoMinuteMan Comment by MoMinuteMan UNITED STATES

    I can say this with pride: when I’ve earned it, I’ll be an American. For now, I’m just glad you’ve welcomed me into your home (and let me snag one of your daughters!). I love this fucking place! - nclivingbrit

    That’s all fine and dandy and you’re welcome to crash on the couch for as long as you like, but don’t remind us about how you’re polluting our muttly bloodlines with your limey DNA by shagging one of our little girls… it’s just bad form old boy.. :biggrin_wp:

  16. nclivingbrit2 Comment by nclivingbrit2 UNITED STATES

    That’s all fine and dandy and you’re welcome to crash on the couch for as long as you like, but don’t remind us about how you’re polluting our muttly bloodlines with your limey DNA by shagging one of our little girls… it’s just bad form old boy.. :biggrin_wp:

    Hell, you want to talk about limey mutt, well here goes:

    My paternal grandfather is anglo-indian, born in Calcutta. My paternal grandmother is from Burma, fled about a day and a half ahead of the Japanese in WW2, literally walked out the country with her parents.

    My maternal grandmother is German, with some assorted euroblood she was never more specific about, maternal grandfather is the typical English/Scots/Irish/Welsh mix with a dash of Fwench.

    My wife is a New Jersey descendant of Poles and Polish Jews on both sides of her line.

    My family typically expands to another continent every generation and we are -damned- friendly when we get there ;) We’ve branches everywhere but the North and South Poles far as I can tell!

    We’ve got everything from Tongans to Boers in the family, if we ever have a reunion it will be safe to buy airline stock again!

  17. MoMinuteMan Comment by MoMinuteMan UNITED STATES

    Hell, you want to talk about limey mutt, well here goes:

    My paternal grandfather is anglo-indian, born in Calcutta. My paternal grandmother is from Burma, fled about a day and a half ahead of the Japanese in WW2, literally walked out the country with her parents.

    My maternal grandmother is German, with some assorted euroblood she was never more specific about, maternal grandfather is the typical English/Scots/Irish/Welsh mix with a dash of Fwench.

    My wife is a New Jersey descendant of Poles and Polish Jews on both sides of her line.

    My family typically expands to another continent every generation and we are -damned- friendly when we get there ;) We’ve branches everywhere but the North and South Poles far as I can tell!

    We’ve got everything from Tongans to Boers in the family, if we ever have a reunion it will be safe to buy airline stock again!

    So you’re saying you are a pure bred Heinz 57??

    (sorry to use the H-word, but they are the ones that make it, no insult, disrespect, or possible connection to Jon Cary intended) :biggrin_wp:

  18. LC Beth ISW Comment by LC Beth ISW

    I went into the local HEB today, and the Christmas music was playing loud and clear. Not only Frosty and his secular friends, but some “God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen” and “Silent Night.” I guess they didn’t get the memo. Or Howard. E. Butt, Jr. called the corporate office and gave them the what-for. He’s quite the vocal evangelical Christian.

  19. nclivingbrit2 Comment by nclivingbrit2 UNITED STATES

    So you’re saying you are a pure bred Heinz 57??

    Them’s fighting words, pretty little Ruger avatar or not sir!

    I like to think of myself as mobile diversity, sans the crime and demanding special pleading.

  20. Nanashi Comment by Nanashi UNITED STATES

    They need a Wegmans down there in Texas. Hell, everyone needs a Wegmans. Great Kosher section, (their matzo ball soup features matzo balls the size of softballs) they sell local produce when it’s in-season, their in-house brands are every bit as good at national brands for a fraction of the price and almost all of it conforms to the USDA organic standard, (I used to only buy Hellman’s mayonnaise…but Wegmans’s brand is just as good, if not better) their in-house organic brands adhere to their own standards which are far stricter than the USDA’s, and their ‘kitschy’ supermarket knickknacks aren’t kitschy at all. (Boyd’s Bears and Beanie Babies) And I’ve noticed that they’ll occasionally play the occasional contemporary Christian song on their in-store radio.

    Luckily, they started up the music (of both the secular and sacred varieties) and set up the dedicated displays a few days after Thanksgiving, though they had some of the Christmas items out at the end of September so that customers who prefer to do their shopping early would have the opportunity. (In fact, there was a sign up explaining this) So I didn’t have to worry about over-saturation…at least, not while I was grocery shopping.

  21. MoMinuteMan Comment by MoMinuteMan UNITED STATES

    Them’s fighting words, pretty little Ruger avatar or not sir!

    Are you calling me out to the field of honor because I said “Heinz” or because I alluded to the fact you have almost every strain of DNA on the planet in your bloodline?? :grin1_ee:

  22. nclivingbrit2 Comment by nclivingbrit2 UNITED STATES

    Because you said Heinz! We don’t use the H word in this house sah!

    Even though I was raised on the stuff, used to slop it over everything and would get through a bottle a week… No more.

    And Hunt’s is a pretty decent replacement actually.

  23. MoMinuteMan Comment by MoMinuteMan UNITED STATES

    I can stomach the 50 cents a bottle Always Save el cheapo brand generic crap easier than I can stomach the thought of one red cent on my money going to that company or those people….

  24. LC Guido Cabrone Comment by LC Guido Cabrone UNITED STATES

    I can stomach the 50 cents a bottle Always Save el cheapo brand generic crap easier than I can stomach the thought of one red cent on my money going to that company or those people….

    Hey, these guys are still out there.

    And the money goes to a good cause…