A collection of products – from teeshirts, mugs and fancy dress costumes to theme park rides – that rely on demonising and ridiculing people with mental health problems. How did sellers react when challenged?
- House of Marbles with it’s children’s toy (that’s right, children’s toy) Twisty Mix Up Multiple Personality Disorder (September) – Now in the Hall of Fame for a swift & effective response when challenged!
- Tintri – #StopLunacy twitter campaign for data storage solutions, featuring a man struggling in an old-fashioned straitjacket (August)
- Protein World and CEO Arjun Seth calling people who objected to an ad campaign “crazy” and taunting them for having “mental health conditions” and more (Update with links). (And here and here are some tweets & RTs from the corporate account and the CEO – hard to believe.) (April)
- Jokers’ Masquerade (again) – “Psycho Clown Costume” (April)
- ISS Game Studio – Bipolar Chick game (April)
- Halloween Hall of Shame
- All Fancy Dress – “Psycho ward” costume, “insane asylum straitjacket” costume
- Dress the Part – “Psycho ward” Halloween costume, “insane asylum straitjacket” costume
- Escapade – “Psycho ward” costume – “This fantastic Psycho Ward Costume features an orange psychiatric ward jumpsuit zipped at the front and a brown character mask.” Because that’s what we all dress like on ward.
- Jokers’ Masquerade – “Skitzo”, “straitjacket”, “lunatic” and “psycho” Halloween costumes – oh, and an Ebola costume. Here are my tweets on the topic, including a letter to the company’s local Newbury MP, Richard Benyon.
- Farmageddon – Psychosis theme park experience
- Rubies UK – “Skitzo” Halloween costume
- Amazon – “OCD Chef” products (September) – Update (April 2015): This range now seems to be called Obsessive Chef instead
- Cafe Press – “OCD – Obsessive Christmas Disorder” product range (December)
- Joy the Store – “Don’t get mad, take lithium” card and company response
- How the issue came to light – the card & the compan’s response – then the public outcry & “apology”
- My thoughts on the topic – the card and initial company response, and subsequent “apology”
- Some comments from my twitter timeline (people who follow my twitter feed & tweeted to me)
- Mainstream media:
- More T Vicar / The Daily Mash – “mental hospital” teeshirt and mug
- Thorpe Park – Asylum – The “scary mental patient” live action horror maze for Fright Nights
- Asda’s “mental patient” fancy dress costumes