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Jon Stewart’s Rally To Help Corporations Outsource American Jobs To Overseas Sweatshop

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.

3 comments to Jon Stewart’s Rally To Help Corporations Outsource American Jobs To Overseas Sweatshop

  • Tom

    i certanly hope Stewart gets this message. i’d like to see him try to joke his way out of this. His show regularly lambastes the hypocracy of our government, but now it appears that this whole rally thing has been co-opted by (wait for it . . .) CORPORATE AMERICA!

  • Markus

    What an overly negative take on what turned out to be a fun, and light hearted experience. By the way, I did drive fourteen hours to DC from St. Louis, in my semi-American Ford focus, parts made both in Mexico and assembled in the US…so you know, I guess I can’t win can I?

    • A fun and light-hearted experience… on the backs of child laborers. Laugh it up, buddy. Do you think those kids working in the sweatshops are having a fun and light-hearted experience?

      Oh, by the way, how successful do you think this rally was in restoring “sanity”?

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