I have written before that Jon Stewart’s Rally To Restore Sanity and/or Fear was a rally that didn’t stand for anything, but actually, I discovered yesterday that’s not quite true.
Jon Stewart’s rally on the National Mall stood for the ability of giant corporations to outsource American jobs to overseas countries where child slaves work in sweatshops.
Unlike a genuine political rally, Jon Stewart’s Rally To Restore Sanity and/or Fear was full of corporate advertisements. People attending the rally were handed pre-made signs to show whether they stood with Sanity or with Fear… and on the back of every sign was an advertisement for Yahoo.
In another bit of advertising, free hand towels were handed out to people attending the rally, because… well, I have no idea why they were handed out. What do people attending a rally on the National Mall need with a hand towel? The hand towels featured the official logo of the Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear, and the logo of Reese’s, which makes candies with chocolate that’s harvested by child slaves in Africa. The towel itself was manufactured not in the USA, but in India, where textiles factories have a long and consistent history of using child labor, paid pennies a day to work in dangerous sweatshop conditions, if the children are paid at all.
The next time Jon Stewart’s writers try to come up with some expression of humorous outrage about human rights or unemployment, they might want to aim their sharp pens at their employer: Viacom.