On Letting Go

On Monday I had this exchange with one of the authors of the fine New School blog via Twitter (which is why things like punctuation are not there):

Never missing a promo opportunity Rogue is doing Dead Guy beer tastings all day. Stay classy Rogue

@SamuraiArtist: If that’s about what I think it is, that’s pretty fucked up.

@Grotusque of course it is. They dont just suddenly decide today to put special tastes of all dead guy variations with no notice until today

@SamuraiArtist Uh-huh. I think I’m going to rethink my future purchases of Rogue.

I agree that Osama Bin Laden was an evil man who got what was coming to him. My initial response to the news was: “Good. Because fuck that guy. Note: this will also be my response when Dick Cheney dies.”

I also believe that Bin Laden is dead now and after thanking the men and women who brought him to justice, (and I am extremely grateful for the work they do) it is well past time to work on the multitude of other issues confronting us as a country. I made my comment and then I went back to doing shit, because shit needs to be done.

To paraphrase Patton Oswalt: It’s Monday, get to work.

If you want to raise a glass to his death on your own time; that’s your business. I have certainly done things at home that are well beyond the scope of this blog or public interest. But when your business wants to celebrate a man’s death publicly, however vile that man was, that’s my business too and I don’t think I want to have much to do with you.

6 thoughts on “On Letting Go”

  1. Glad to hear I’m not the only one who puts Osama and Cheney in the same bucket.

    I don’t think I’ll explicitly boycott Rogue over this, but I agree that it’s a pointlessly petty gesture on their part. In fact, given that Dead Guy started off as a Day of the Dead commemoration (LAUDING the dead ancestors), you’d almost think they were toasting Bin Laden’s life.

    1. I don’t know about a boycott; I just don’t know that I feel like contributing to their coffers for a bit.

      Certainly offering free beer can send mixed messages…

  2. People die, can’t do anything about it. If Rogue wants to offer up free Dead Guy, I think that fits. As a society we often choose to celebrate and remember the dead, good and bad. People are celebrating, or not, already; life goes on, business goes on, and beer will be drunk and sold.

    1. All of these things are true.

      I don’t have to associate myself with people who do things that I find distasteful though, so I won’t.

  3. Interesting to see the comments. Each one says something that is true. As Bill pointed out, the “reason” for Dead Guy seems to make the “celebration” for Bin Laden’s life. A confusing piece of business then. Aaron says “life goes on, no big deal.” Also true. Yet who are we if we celebrate the murder of another human being, however despicable he/she may be? If it doesn’t bother us just a little, who do we become? Should we or shouldn’t we say our piece(s), if we believe there is a better way, in the face of popular opinion?

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