March 4th, 2010

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(Note:  I need to clarify my point, since I clearly didn't before:  I personally do not like WalMart.  What this post objects to, however unclearly, is the snobbish attacks on the people that shop at WalMart as if they're somehow lesser beings because they use WM to stretch their money (I'm not saying any of you do this, so if it's not about you, it's not about you[tm]).  People shop and don't shop there for many reasons, and I respect them all.  I am not trying to tell anyone what to believe, I'm trying to point out that there's a nasty streak of classism in the way that many people talk about WalMart shoppers, which is not necessary in order to object to WalMart's business practices.  This post is an attempt to explain what it's like being on the other side of the coin.)

Well, it's been a rough couple of days, let me tell you.  No bad things happened, I've just been physically messed up.  I spent yesterday asleep on the sofa.

Which put me in the perfect prone position for watching Penn and Teller's Bullshit, which I do love, even though they are unrepentant white male libertarians, because even though they manage to get some things wrong, they are smart enough to admit when they're wrong (such as their episode on Global Warming).  Last night, they showed a repeat of their pro-WalMart show.  The part that stood out for me was when a pair of anti-WalMart people held up a blatantly mean t-shirt they had made depicting what they saw as the "typical" WallyWorld shopper.  It was classist.  It's this attitude I want to address today, not whether WalMart is good or not, because I can't make that call for anyone.

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