April 28, 2009

The Little Mermaid

Egypt: The tentacles of the Jewish Conspiracy are everywhere, you know, especially if you're a bigoted bampot. The latest evidence is, apparently, the Starbucks logo, which is not the mermaid we all think it is, at least according to Safwat Higazi:

The girl in the Starbucks logo is Queen Esther, he insisted. This queen is Queen of the Jews.

And the crown she wears?

This is the crown of the Kingdom of Persia. This girl you see is Esther, Queen of the Jews in Persia....

Can you believe that in Mecca, Medina, Cairo, Damascus, Kuwait and all over the Islamic world hangs the picture of beautiful Queen Esther with a crown on her head and we buy her products? exclaimed Higazi. It is inconceivable.

The entire rant can be found on YouTube:

The translation is provided by MEMRI, a not-exactly-neutral source.

It's not only Muslim bampots who take issue with the Starbucks logo. A year or so ago, to promote a limited edition blend, they returned to their original logo, on which the mermaid has nipples. Obviously something possessed by nearly all mammals is clearly obscene, and a really dubious sounding Christian group objected:

A San Diego-based Christian group, The Resistance, has already called on its 3,000 members to boycott the chain, whose mass expansion has threatened to turn its once hip coffee lounges into McDonald's-style fast-food outlets.

The Starbucks logo has a naked woman on it with her legs spread like a prostitute, said Mark Dice, the group's founder. Need I say more? The company might as well call itself Slutbucks.

I'm just checking now that that article wasn't dated April 1st. The Pike Place blend turned out to be much nicer than Starbucks' standard blend, in that it was actually drinkable.

There are, of course, other bampots out there who see different conspiracies in the logo. Some think she is Lillith; others have noticed that it's a mermaid (or a siren) and take this as evidence that the whole chain is pagan, and some the pagan deity as Dagon, which I thought came from the fiction of H. P. Lovecraft. I have yet to find anyone pointing out that her crown includes a five-pointed star, which is obviously a Satanic symbol. Oops, no. I take that back, though this is a more generically New Age interpretation. Apparently, she is, in fact Isis.

On her head she wears a crown, seemingly constructed from a cut-up sphere, or globe, and featuring, in a central position, a five-pointed star or pentagram. The pentagram with a single point facing upwards represents the world of Spirit, the upper point, as having dominion over the four elements, the four lower points. The pentagram drawn in this manner, like the number 5 itself, is the symbol of spiritual Man, the Kaballistic Microcosm. The cut-up globe which surrounds the five-pointed star again symbolizes again the Macrocosm - the world. This crown could therefore be said to represent the presence of spirit hidden in worldly desire, or, alternately, spiritually-developed mankind emerging triumphant from a contorted and destructive global situation.

I'm sure there will be something out there on the internet insisting it's a Satanic star, but my Google-fu is not strong today.

The chain has been victim to some more serious racist conspiracy theories, too. The company's boss, Howard Schultz, is Jewish which, to some, means they obviously support Israel's actions, and rumours have circulated that the company helps finance those actions. The rumour has been helped along by a fake letter:

But the rumours of an Israeli connection persist, bolstered by a 2006 letter, purportedly signed by Schultz, that has been floating around the Internet for several years. In it, Schultz supposedly admits to bankrolling the Jewish state with hundreds of millions of dollars annually. The letter has been debunked as a hoax, but the rumours rage on, nonetheless.

Starbucks has not even operated in Israel for six years, but the fraudulent nature of the rumour didn't stop some thugs vandalising two Starbucks shops in London last January.

Logo lands Starbucks in Middle East brew-hahaToronto Star, 26th April 2009; Starbucks logo too hot for customersThe Times, 30th May 2008.


I love how you actually have a bampots tag.

Dagon is mentioned in the Bible (Judges, 16, 23) as a god of the Philistines. The context is the story of an early version of the divinely-approved mass-casualty suicide attack. (Legitimate target, mind you, and understandable root causes.)

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