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----- Original Message -----

From: Furqan M.
Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2006 9:16 AM
Subject: Stope.. if u r good persons

Dear friend
I hope u r doing good and fine...
since i am muslim .. i love my religion .. i request you to stope
making this kind of shirts.. it really hurts us ..

Thank you

(Editor's Note: Dear friend, i m doing fine and good. Glad u r 2. I'm
not Muslim, but I love your religion. I write comedy for a living, so
how could I not love your religion? Right now there are people
destroying buildings and burning flags because of a comic strip!
That's funny. The comedy practically writes itself. Now that I think
about it, I hate your religion. It's made my job unnecessary. Why do
they need to pay me, when there are headlines like "Cartoonist being
asked to apologize because people are rioting in response to his
cartoon." See? An entire room full of writers couldn't come up with
that shit.

Anyway, we are not going to stope making these shirts for a couple
reasons; not the least of which being that stope isn't a real word.
We have a right to make these shirts. I realize just because you have
the right to do something doesn't mean you should, but it's certainly
still a valid point. Also, we are not going to stop because we are
simply not good persons. I would've thought that was obvious, but I
guess maybe not to someone who thinks flag-burning and rioting is an
appropriate response to funny doodles. If our shirts continue to hurt
you, I suggest you try a different brand of fabric softener, or less
starch. Now, go tell your sister you love her before she gets stoned
to death for singing or showing her ankle.)

----- Original Message -----

From:*metalhead666 @ ***.com
Sent: Thursday, February 02, 2006 5:43 PM

hey, i just wanna say i love the sites and shirts, but i think the
breastcancer thing is a little overboard. making fun of peoples races
and religions is funny, but those things arent a deadly disease which
affects a large part of our society. I know the shirts are all about
offending people, and being funny and that shit, but i would
appreciate it if that shirt was taken off the site. thanks.

---Eric S.

(Editor's Note: It's kind of hard to take a complaint about a breast
cancer joke seriously when it comes from 'metalhead666'. Yeah! Throw
those devil horns in the air and check for lumps every 3 months,
mother fucker! Anyway, your stupidity aside (give me a moment: it's
going to take a while to move all of it), let me address this
seriously. I like how you basically say minorities and religious
people are just supposed to bend over and take it, but people with
diseases are supposed to wallow in self-pity the rest of their short,
miserable lives.

The classic, "It's cool to make fun of everything... except my thing.
You leave that alone." What if I told you that I hold Corn Flakes
near and dear to my heart? Then we went to your mom's trailer and
heard her drunkenly spew the most racist, homophobic, blasphemous
stuff and laughed our asses off. But when she got to her Corn Flakes
material, I ran away weeping? You would think I was ridiculous and
you'd be right.

That's what I think every time I read one of these lame complaints.
Eric, tell all of the people with diseases not to cheer up. We're
going to make sure they can never laugh at their problems again. In
fact, we're never going to speak to them, or make eye contact with
them ever again. Why? Because we have far too much awe and respect
for their diseases to ever treat them like normal people. And to think
they have you to thank! All because we want to please you! Actually,
fuck that. I guess we're going to keep the shirt up. Please stage
dive off the nearest cliff, ideally onto a field of poisonous snakes,
acid, and broken glass.)

----- Original Message -----

From: "Adeel"
Sent: Thursday, February 09, 2006 8:02 AM
Subject: please stop it!!!!!!!!!

This is offensive and uncalled for You guys should have respect for
other religions. Your company should pull out all the shirts which had
the picture of our Holy Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).

There is fine line between freedom of speech and
offensive material. Please do not play with the sentiments of
Billions of muslims around the world on the basis of freedom of speech

You probably have already seen what's happening around
the world

We should be building bridges between our communities, not burning

I hope your compnay would take a notice of it and
would immerdiately pull out all the shirts having our
Prophet(PBUH) pictures on it

Thank you


(Editor's Note: It's a deal. Sorry, I hate this automatic spell
check. I meant, "It's Adeel! He wrote me an email!" We have plenty
of respect for all religions. We also respect other's rights to poke
fun at our religion. Just the other day someone was making fun of my
religion, and did I burn down his house and stone his sister to death?
No. Well, yes, but it was unrelated. It actually happened the week
before he did it.

Anyway, there is not a fine line between freedom of speech and
offensive material. The reason freedom of speech exists is because
whether or not something is offensive is subjective. Like, you might
be offended by a joke about your cousin raping your dad. Your dad
might find it hilarious (even if he didn't find the actual rape quite
so amusing). Someone might think your e-mail is offensive. 'Offensive'
changes from person to person, so freedom of speech defends my right
to say something that might upset you, my delicate little flower. And
burning metaphorical bridges kind of pales next to burning real
embassies, you know what I mean?

And if you really are serious about wanting us to pull these shirts,
next time use a minimum of 12 exclamation points. I think 9 is just

[So long]


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