Tuesday, January 27, 2009

T-Shirt Hell Going Down

Via Tigerhawk, T-Shirt Hell is going out of business:

I'm done. I'm finished. I can't take the stupidity anymore, so I'm leaving and I'm taking my website with me. As of Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009, T-Shirt Hell will be no more.

No, I'm not selling out to some douchebag corporate entity. No, we're not being sued by any of the over 40 companies that have sent us cease and desists over the years. No, I'm not going to jail (yet) and no, it's not because of the economy. Although, the recent dip in sales certainly does make the idea easier to accept, even though we still sell over 3000 shirts a week.

I started this company in June of 2001, nearly 8 years ago, with the intention of producing the best satirical, the most controversial, the funniest t-shirts on the internet. Generally speaking, I feel I've accomplished that and am satisfied with what we've put out. I made a shitload of dough along the way. I've done cocaine off the better body parts of supermodels. I've even raped and killed a mountain panda in the hills of Shaanxi. But these perks are besides the point.

I just don't feel like dealing with idiots anymore. I'll give you an example of the kind of misguided morons we deal with on a regular basis at T-Shirt Hell. We released a new shirt a couple weeks ago that says "It's not gay if you beat them up afterwards". I will not explain the irony or the social commentary of the slogan because anyone with half a brain should be able to handle that on their own. Problem is, we've been besieged with emails from angry people complaining about the "fact" that the shirt is hate speech or that we're promoting gay bashing and should take it down immediately.
Examples of T-Shirt Hell's idiots and morons at the link.

Please see
my previous post for some important background perspective.


repsac3 said...

That's some sad, sad news...
Some people have no sense of humor.

The only one I ever actually bought was the WHAT THE F^@& DID YOU CALL ME? (POT AND KETTLE) but I did love to browse...

It's good to be offended, sometimes. Means you still care.

Laura Lee - Grace Explosion said...

The left gave us "Palin is a CU**".

Can I start to say "I told you so" to JBW yet??:

"Obama stresses his own strong Muslim ties in Interview with Arabic News Network out of Dubai

"Humbly" kneels before Muslim World and pledges America will change

Operatives, spokesman and supporters, strenuously denied Obama's ties to Islam during the 2008 presidential campaign. Now as President, obama is fully embracing it. In an interview with Al-Arabiya Network, a radical Anti-Jew, and Anti-American Television News service, obama pledged that under his rule, America will change, and become more accomadating to Muslim values and culture.

From Yahoo News, late last night:

President Barack Obama presented a humble and conciliatory face of America to the Islamic world Monday in the first formal interview since he assumed office, stressing his own Muslim ties and hopes for a Palestinian state, and avoiding a belligerent tone — even when asked if America could "live with" an Iranian nuclear weapon.

The interview with the Dubai-based Al-Arabiya Network was a dramatic piece of public diplomacy aimed at capitalizing on the new American president's international popularity...

"I have Muslim members of my family. I have lived in Muslim countries," Obama said, according to a White House transcript. "My job to the Muslim world is to communicate that the Americans are not your enemy."

The Al Arabiya interview, directed squarely at Muslims around the world, revived a vision of personal, symbolic international change that was in the air when Obama - with his far-flung family members, and complicated story - launched his campaign. It was a vision, and an aspect of his story, that the candidate buried when, in 2007, was forced to combat whispering campaigns about his own faith.

But by giving his first interview to the Arabic network, Obama signaled his continuing belief in his personal power...

Note, this was the first interview as President that Obama has given to any television network. He has yet to grant an interview to ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, Fox, or even the explicit Obama-supporting network of MSNBC.

Al-Arabiya, headquarters in Dubai, is known to show graphic footage of Westerners being held hostage, and in some cases, treated brutally, and even killed."

He's showing the world he submits to Islam and is a Muslim.

Believe his feet, fools. Believe his feet. He RAN to the Muslim world and pronounced his submission... his ties. Don't tell me I don't have discernment. Is this the "change" you wanted?? A man who will deliver the USA to Iran?? One way... or another...???

Are you prepared to be nuked by Iran?? Is that the "change" you were "hoping for"?? You think I don't know the future??

We'll see 'bout that.

repsac3 said...
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repsac3 said...

...and speaking of being offended, I see Grace is back, with another off-topic, anti-Muslim, "Obama-as-antichrist" rant.

Sometimes I wonder who really should be called a troll, 'round here...

Perhaps we can steer this thread back onto the topic, though...
ANTI-CHRIST '08 shirt

removed said...

I have a friend who will be very saddened by this news. Personally, I never cared for them much. Well, I don't know if I didn't care as I didn't have an opinion either way.

But, it is a shame the intolerant hordes of tolerance embattled him enough to give in. He should have dug in and lobbed some real homo insults.

PRH said...

Funny Stuff...but the guy really has some issues. I look for the Obamanation Lemmings to jump to his support and demand a "Bail Out".

Average American said...

Judging by the number of comments at his sight, I believe his popularity proves his sales figures to be reasonably accurate and thus "proves" to me that his stated reason for disolving is true. There must still exist a strong market for his type of product, and so I feel confident that someone will fill the void. I have to admire the guy for his somewhat unorthadox way of going out.

Stogie said...

Am I missing something?

This t shirt slogan does indeed sound like a call for beating up gays. That is hateful. He deserves the mountain of criticism.

JBW said...

I think the guy has the right to print anything he wants on his t-shirts. Freedom of speech rules (I'd say it f*cking rules but I'm not allowed to say that here).

Reppy, I almost bought that Antichrist shirt to wear ironically but I was afraid that the sheer number of nutballs out there squealing the same things that Grace is would cause most people to miss the joke.

And full disclosure, Grace: I don't think Palin is a CU**; I think she's an incurious opportunist and one of the few women I've ever called a GILF.