Thursday, June 9, 2011

Breda-Gate

No matter the group you are involved with, there will be those that vastly disappoint. And those, having vastly disappointed, try and trumpet their twit-hood as some kind of bizarre virtue.

A case in point, Breda-Gate.

A blogger, gunmart (link intentionally not provided) decided he needed some traffic, or thought he was being funny, or both. He snagged a pic of Breda off her blog, and posted it with the title Breda-Porn.

Now, me, crude soul that I am, would likely respond to a post of such "GC-Porn" with a raised eyebrow and publicly expressed doubts of the posters sanity, taste, and intake of recreational chemicals.

Breda, however, is a lady of no small beauty, culture, and is naught but graciousness personified (well, until you cross her). She took offense at the pirating and subsequent mis-use of her copyrighted image as what in her view was a derogatory depiction.

Given that this was a picture of her (no modeling release signed) and taken by her husband (his intellectual property), Breda is on pretty darned solid ground to demand the picture be taken down (and it "sort of" was, now there exists a link to the picture on Breda's blog in a bit of sea-lawyering childishness) and the references change to omit linking Breda with Porn (a fairly solid argument from an ethical point of view).

It is not required that you necessarily understand or agree with *why* someone is offended - merely that, barring other considerations (say, *intent to offend*) that one cease being offensive and apologize with such graciousness as the situation allows.

Regrettably, the proprietor of Gunmart lacks the couth to realize this and the courage to face his critics (preferring to delete comments more harsh than "perhaps you shoudln't've").

Happily, there exist others who may be able to be more persuasive than mere bloggers - his advertisers and those who've mistakenly doled out awards to him. Please feel free to contact them below, urging they terminate association with Gunmart and publicly disown all prior association.

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Toll Free: 888.722.2129
Fax: 623.258.4135

info@predatorbdu.com

Business Hours:
Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m MST


Gun-Up (and their sad little comment form)


Lucky Gunner
Phone - 800.317.9506 (please see the note below)
Fax - 800.901.3309
E-mail - customerservice@luckygunner.com
Snail Mail - P.O. Box 32747, Knoxville, TN 37930

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200 South Front Street
Montezuma, Iowa 50171
U.S.A.
Ordering: 800-717-8211
Technical Support: 260-482-3670
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7 comments:

Andy said...

"It is not required that you necessarily understand or agree with *why* someone is offended - merely that, barring other considerations (say, *intent to offend*) that one cease being offensive and apologize with such graciousness as the situation allows."

Well... ummm.... NO!

We might think this guy to be a jerk all we want, but we have no right to wander through life without taking offense from matters. This line of thought is one used by anti-guners: "I am offended that people carry guns."

Old NFO said...

Interesting point...

Mr.B said...

Y'know, all she had to do was to change the linked post to show a graphic that said "gunmart sucks his own weenie or some such" rather than the picture or just change the picture to something else. The histrionics are somewhat tiresome.... Some people like to bitch about things. The internet gives them a larger audience.

Make no mistake, he could have, and should have changed the offending title. But to not do so is also his right. It's that pesky first amendment....and nowhere does she have the right "not to be offended"

While I have never met the lady, I have read her blog for years....yet the handling of this (and the ammo waitress kerfluffle) have made me rethink my opinion of her. She too could have handled it like an adult, not like a high school girl.

Mike W. said...

"She too could have handled it like an adult, not like a high school girl."


This coming from someone who said,

"Y'know, all she had to do was to change the linked post to show a graphic that said "gunmart sucks his own weenie or some such"

Oh the irony.

She was polite, handled it fine and did so with class. Gunmart did not. There's this thing called common decency, which apparently gunmart is unaware of.

Andy said...

To be quite honest, I'm surprized no other blogger has put a "Gunmart Porn" post showing a fat, hairy man in his underwear at his computer. That would have been a funny retort.

Mr.B said...

"She was polite, handled it fine and did so with class"

No she whined to the rest of the (blog)world. Had she ignored it, it would have gone away faster, and he wouldn't have gotten near the traffic.

She didn't handle it like an adult. She handled it like a young girl.
"Daddy! Make him stop!"

Mr.B said...

Oh, and BTW....I think gunmart is an ass, and have written to his advertisers.