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July 23, 2010 9:18 AM   Subscribe

Unf**k the Gulf has lots of swearing, lots, they're mad as f**k and are not going to take it anymore. Spend 13 on a Tee and 5 go to unf**king the gulf.
posted by dabitch (36 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
You know, we're all big kids here and can say 'fuck' and 'shit' as much as we want.

Those asterisks don't do anything but look silly.
posted by dunkadunc at 9:21 AM on July 23, 2010


> Those asterisks don't do anything but look silly.

Er, except that's how all the merchandise and text on the linked site are presented.
posted by Burhanistan at 9:22 AM on July 23, 2010


I thought I recalled a meta somewhere where people specifically asked that words like "fuck" shouldn't be spelled out on the front page. What's sillier is that the people in the ad spend a good two minutes saying fuck over and over, yet their T-shirts spell out "Unf--k the gulf".
posted by dabitch at 9:23 AM on July 23, 2010


just rtfa'ed.

G-D D-MN THOSE ASTERISKS LOOK SILLY, EVERYONE KNOWS YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO USE DASHES
posted by dunkadunc at 9:24 AM on July 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


Deeply embarrassing. This is like an outtake from Southland Tales.
posted by naju at 9:25 AM on July 23, 2010


When the first person in the video started talking I had to shut it off right away.

Her voice was like being murdered in the ear.
posted by Dipsomaniac at 9:35 AM on July 23, 2010 [3 favorites]


m-h.
posted by sanko at 9:37 AM on July 23, 2010 [4 favorites]


the site won't load for me, but is this the trio of young'uns who are making a documentary? because if it is, pphhhttt.
posted by msconduct at 9:38 AM on July 23, 2010


OMG just imagine how super pissed they'll be about all the oil spilled every year in Nigeria that dwarfs the Gulf spill.
posted by allkindsoftime at 9:48 AM on July 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


Aside from the first lady, whom I'm pretty sure I stood behind in a line to use a pay toilet in Minot, North Dakota, I am 98% certain none of these people have ever actually sworn in real life.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 9:52 AM on July 23, 2010


THOSE ASTERISKS LOOK SILLY, EVERYONE KNOWS YOU'RE SUPPOSED TO USE DASHES

I took it to mean they were fans of the Sic F*cks.
posted by Smart Dalek at 9:53 AM on July 23, 2010


There is no unf**cking the gulf.
posted by Aquaman at 9:53 AM on July 23, 2010


Fuck that.
posted by monospace at 9:56 AM on July 23, 2010


allkindsoftime: a very wise man once told me: 'your pants leg is on fire, my pants leg is on fire; i feel sorry for you, but i'm going to put out my pants leg first.'

so, yeah. nigeria. the fact that this kind of info about sloppy management & take-the-oil-and-run mentality is being widely disseminated is, in my mind, a good thing. and maybe as soon as we put out our pants-leg oil disaster, we can focus on others. until then, please don't try to trivialize what's happening out there.
posted by msconduct at 9:57 AM on July 23, 2010 [5 favorites]


Aside from the first lady
I initially read that as Aside from the First Lady, which confused me for a moment. I had a mental image of Michelle Obama in a blizzard, pounding on a toilet door and screaming "YOU TAKIN' A SHIT OR SOMETHIN?!?"
posted by sanko at 9:58 AM on July 23, 2010 [10 favorites]


until then, please don't try to trivialize what's happening out there.

And actually none of the spills in Nigeria have been as bad as the one in the Gulf--maybe in terms of sheer volume of oil over time, yes, there's basis for comparison. But no oil disaster, period, apart from Saddam's dumping of oil reserves during the Gulf War, has released this much oil into the environment in such a short period of time. The time factor is crucial to understanding the enormity of the disaster in the Gulf, because oil becomes less toxic as it weathers over time, so slower leaks are easier for ecosystems to manage and recover from.
posted by saulgoodman at 10:08 AM on July 23, 2010


Strange that they have no problem spelling it out in a URL...

Coincidentally, http://unf--ckthegulf.com/ appears to be available.
posted by MysticMCJ at 10:29 AM on July 23, 2010


> Those asterisks don't do anything but look silly.

Not as silly as using 'fuck' in an earnest, professional context. It's such an embarrassingly naked grasp at authenticity. Wow, you want to "unfuck" the gulf. You must be actually upset about the oil spill, not like all those Gulf Coast residents and fishermen who are faking it to get on TV. Plus, all those pictures of fake, half-laughing, half-scowling people reminds me of the pictures of some of the WWE wrestlers, and we all know how real they are.

BP’s oil spill has made us mad as f--k - and we’re not gonna take it anymore. We created this website, t-shirt and video because we are tired of seeing images of oiled birds and yelling at the TV...

I appreciate the idea that they are doing something, but it's a shame they feel they have to do it this way. So your idea of "not gonna take it anymore" is to make a website and a t-shirt? That constitutes action? And you are implying that for me to take action in response to this crisis, all I have to do is buy yet another thing I didn't need in the first place? It's so nice that I can help out in the gulf by doing something that "media strategists" have trained me to do since birth, which is to regard entreaty on my personal finances uncritically.

I don't need an intermediary sitting between me and the charity. It's not a transaction that requires a middleman to broker.

You want to donate to a charity? Here's a list of long-standing environmental groups that are presently active in the gulf and supporting relief efforts.
posted by Pastabagel at 10:57 AM on July 23, 2010 [8 favorites]


Less than 50% goes to charity. If there's profit being made off this venture, then that's rather unsettling.
posted by tybeet at 11:09 AM on July 23, 2010


Compare and contrast, unfuck the gulf vs restore the gulf PSA.
posted by dabitch at 11:14 AM on July 23, 2010


I don't need an intermediary sitting between me and the charity. It's not a transaction that requires a middleman to broker.

B-but I want to be sure that I give well.
posted by Alvy Ampersand at 11:44 AM on July 23, 2010 [1 favorite]


Look, if you want to prompt the passives into action with your message, you gotta offer t-shirt sizes larger than xl.
posted by davelog at 11:48 AM on July 23, 2010 [2 favorites]


Can someone explain to me why these people are so excited about forks? I'm just not getting it.
posted by quin at 12:05 PM on July 23, 2010


Wow, what amazingly lame ass shirts! And they're pocketing the lion's share themselves. Just lame.
posted by jeffburdges at 12:07 PM on July 23, 2010


And they're pocketing the lion's share themselves.

Is that true? If so, that's pretty evil.

If not, jesus, they're doing more about the gulf than I am, so mocking them feels wrong.
posted by angrycat at 12:15 PM on July 23, 2010


Hey, this should raise awareness of the issue, right?
posted by rusty at 12:55 PM on July 23, 2010


And they're pocketing the lion's share themselves.

The shirts probably cost $5 to purchase and print, give or take depending on the quality of shirts they're using. I can't get through to the shipping charges without dealing with Google Shopping, so I don't know what they're charging for that. But out of $13, if they're keeping more than $5 for themselves, I'd be surprised. Probably less.
posted by hippybear at 1:25 PM on July 23, 2010


Ha! Referencing "Stuff White People Like" nails it spot-on, rusty!
posted by electricsandwich138 at 1:37 PM on July 23, 2010


OMG just imagine how super pissed they'll be about all the oil spilled every year in Nigeria that dwarfs the Gulf spill.

Jeez, there's one of these in every thread. "Oh, what, so you're just going to talk about this thing when this other thing is also occurring?"
posted by Garak at 1:46 PM on July 23, 2010


It's such an embarrassingly naked grasp at authenticity.

The purpose of language is communication. "Unfuck" communicates "fix" as well as anything else.
posted by coolguymichael at 2:07 PM on July 23, 2010


It's funny because they say f**k a lot. Plus they be talkin' street.

(Or is it hood? Bit of a fogey, me. Out of touch. Hell, my first thought was that they were referring to the Persian Gulf.)
posted by IndigoJones at 5:57 PM on July 23, 2010


Why the snark? These f--king guys did something.
posted by sfts2 at 9:23 PM on July 23, 2010


davelog, youre f--king killing me...:-)
posted by sfts2 at 9:25 PM on July 23, 2010


maybe as soon as we put out our pants-leg oil disaster, we can focus on others. until then, please don't try to trivialize what's happening out there.

Great analogy, its just that Nigeria's pant leg has been on fire for 20-some odd years. But its oil, so hey, burns longer, right?

I'm not trivializing what happened in the Gulf. Its a fucking travesty, straight away, no doubt about it. But the sheer facts here trivialize it, in volumes measured by barrels of oil. I don't have to trivialize it.
posted by allkindsoftime at 10:24 PM on July 23, 2010


And they're pocketing the lion's share themselves.

The shirts probably cost $5 to purchase and print... But out of $13, if they're keeping more than $5 for themselves, I'd be surprised. Probably less.


Numbers...

Median administrative overhead for fundraising organizations is 6.6% -- if you subtract out a $5 shirt, that should be $0.53. Subtract out the $5 donation, and call what's left media/fundraising expenses, that's $0.49 on the dollar. That would earn a fundraising efficiency score of 2.5/10 from Charity Navigator.

Also good to remember that all the recipient organizations also have their own overhead (90% of charities have overhead up to 1/3), which further dilutes that $5. If you skip the t-shirt and donate directly you can unf**k the gulf 2.6 times better.
posted by eddydamascene at 11:45 PM on July 23, 2010


I see a problem with this. The items for sale use petroleum products for power and supplies in manufacturing. Petroleum is used to ship these items. Petroleum is used to power the website, power MeFi, and power the computer where I'm typing this. Petroleum was used to manufacture the computer where I'm typing this and all of your computers etc, etc, ad nauseum. While I'm all for making a statement with a shirt, the push for cheap petroleum and all things derived from or delivered by it are a big part of what led to BP, Halliburton, and these other well operators cutting corners and dumping a metric fuck ton of oil in the gulf in the first place. (tl;dr, just do like eddydamascene says up there and donate directly to established charities cleaning up the gulf.)
posted by crataegus at 1:02 AM on July 24, 2010


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