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Saturday, April 22, 2021

Today’s Earth Day was a pretty miserable one here in New York: Non-stop rain, with a temperature dip approaching winterish weather.

Where’s the love, Mother Gaia?

I suppose you have to take the deary days along with the sun-shiney ones. Anyway, I’ll take any excuse to laze around the house all day.

In honor of the holiday, I’ll go into blog reruns. This one goes way back, both in terms of recounting and actual action. Enjoy my college-era episode of sticking it to the man, Earth Day-style:

My favorite Earth Day memory is a prank I played 13 16 years ago. I was sitting in my dorm lounge with a dormmate. We were flipping through the channels (no cable TV in the dorms back then-the dark ages!!), and catching a couple of news reports telling us it was Earth Day. Then we land on Home Shopping Network, just as they start rolling out their fur collection for display and sale.

It hit me: Furs? They’re hawking freakin’ furs on Earth Day? Come on!

Now, I wasn’t then, nor am I now, a hard-core environmentalist or animal-rights advocate. I’m sympathetic with those philosophies, to a point, but I eat meat, wear leather, etc. like your average dude. Nevertheless, some part of my sensibilities was offended by seeing such a bizarre juxtaposition. I think I was offended by the stupidity, or more likely ignorance, on display by HSN.

So, I decided to do something. I got my phone, dialed up the HSN order line, and as soon as the customer service drone answered, I yelled, “EARTH DAY! FUR IS MURDER! BOYCOTT! BOYCOTT!!”. I did it a couple more times after that. Then I got my dormmate to call too, on his phone; he did a very low-key version of same spiel (sans yelling-that was my schtick).

We had our fun, and decided to keep watching the channel to see if our childish actions had any on-air effect. Lo and behold, about 10 minutes after the last of our calls, the show host mentioned, “By the way, folks, today is Earth Day”, and then abruptly switched from the fur display to something else. We laughed our asses off! It looked like we had stuck it to the man!

Don’t mention it, Mama Earth.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 04/22/2006 10:11:12 PM
Category: College Years, Comedy, Political
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  1. MY ANNUAL EARTH DAY-HSN PROTEST MEMORY…

    Whenever I copy-and-paste an old post to create a new one, I get the feeling that I’m copping out.
    But since today is Earth Day, I’ll frame this post as a prime example of what can be achieved by renewing your own resources — intellec…

    Trackback by Population Statistic — 04/22/2007 @ 08:07:21 PM

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