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Truly Tacky 9-11 Homages

September 14, 2010

This weekend marked the solemn 9 year anniversary of the 9-11 attacks on the United States.  I didn’t write a post, because quite frankly, how do you address the issue?  Anything I would have written would be completely inadequate.  That day was truly awful, and I will never forget it. I was left quite scarred in the months following the attacks, and even re-evaluated my decision to have children.  It took almost a year for me to hear a plane in the sky without panicking a bit, and I still hate flying.

I think everyone feels like they should do something to pay respect to the day, but what do you do?   Regretsy web site has culled the internets for some of the most misguided attempts at immortalizing the occasion.

God bless these people, who have created gifs, artwork, and tattoos for something they believe in.  It’s just  that on Regretsy, everything is always a little off.  The site is filled with good intentions that went awry. These people tried, but failed.

Let’s pick out a few to discuss, shall we?

Glittery Gifs

What made most of these gifs an eyesore wasn’t the actual animation, but the glittery strobe light effect of the actual graphic file.  I wept like a baby when I saw Todd Beamer’s widow on television after 9-11, and he was one brave son of a bitch.  I tend to think of the phrase  he coined with reverence and respect.

When I see this gif, I think “wee, carnival ride!”  There is just no need to animate this.  That’s all I need to say.


Because I really want to relive that moment over and over, at a moment’s whimsy.  Seriously, who buys this?  I became a serious 24/7 news junkie after 9-11, and my husband had to have an intervention with me.

I didn’t turn on a cable news channel all weekend.  I don’t want to ever see it again, and I don’t want to keep it on my night table to flip through every night before I try to go to sleep.  ”If I should die before I wake” takes on a new meaning in the post 9-11 world. I don’t need to fuel my paranoia.


I admire anyone who tattooed something pertaining to 9-11 on their body.  Obviously, you have commited your body to memorializing the day, and I find that somewhat cool.

But then you go and put the image of Calvin doing his “piss on” stance in the foreground, and WTF?  What are you trying to say?  Calvin cheapens the whole endeavor, and certainly the “piss on” symbol has no place here (actually, anywhere. I’ve been over it for a decade.)

Baby Clothing

To me, this is just wrong.  Babies are symbolic of life, new birth, and hope.  Let’s not sully that image by placing a gruesome reminder of the single worst day in American history.  I love that this is touted as “a great baby shower gift.”

Wrong.  There is no quicker way to bring down the mood than by having the mom-to-be open this terrifying gift.  No, no, no.

Finally, leave you with some links to a few songs that will make your ears bleed.
Unborn Baby of Tower One

Taliban on the Run

This was an unusual post for Regretsy, which usually features sad little offerings from the popular website Etsy.


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