HA reader David L found himself a little stunned — and a little disgusted — by his latest JC Penney advertising insert. It seems that the venerable retailer has decided to plunge in with both feet into the Cult of Personality. Here’s the full page from the insert:
In case it’s not clear, here’s a close-up of most of the Obama-themed jewelry:
Hope — trademarked! Did JC Penney check that out first with the White House? Note that the prices don’t come down to the change level, either.
They have these pendants on their website, too. It’s no hoax … unfortunately.
How long will it be before we start seeing these show up at entertainment-industry events, displacing the ubiquitous cause ribbons for prominent, garish, and unsettling placement?