We have mixed feelings about celebrating Osama bin Laden’s death; what’s good news for the war on terrorism and world affairs is still a violent, morbid event that doesn’t exactly leave us feeling elated or all that peaceful. But however incensed we’ve been at the throngs of people cheering and celebrating his death, the tackiest reaction to the event we’ve seen so far are the “Osama bin Laden Dead” yoga mats that popped up on CafePress. We wouldn’t be charmed to see this slogan printed on anything, but celebrating death on a yoga mat is so off-color, we hardly know where to begin.
Then again, do we even need to? We’d be willing to bet most of our readers know what’s wrong with this picture, but in case you’re still dazed and confused in the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death, here’s a run-down of why this yoga mat isn’t where we’ll be finding our bliss:
- A popular yoga mantra you may have heard lately is: “May all beings everywhere be happy and free, and may the thoughts, words, and actions of my own life contribute in some way to that happiness and to that freedom for all” (or some version therof). Doing downward dog on a phrase celebrating death seems somewhat antithetical, don’t you think?
- Celebrating murder is one thing, but trying to turn a profit from it? That seems particularly despicable, but maybe that’s just us.
- Some of the mats’ messaging goes beyond celebration of Osama bin Laden’s death and express anti-Islamist sentiments. We won’t bother digging up a yoga quote; you should know what’s wrong with that.
YogaDork is encouraging readers to contact CafePress and request that they take the yoga mats off their site for good; the mats aren’t actually printed or sold by Gaiam (in fact, they’ve acknowledged the mats in a Facebook update and claim they’re asking CafePress to take them down). We think you should join them.
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