What the crap?

Saw this at Walmart today:

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I’m not saying they should or shouldn’t. I’m just passing through life, in this case my favorite retail giant, noticing things and making comments. This is my two cents worth. 

On the one hand, I know what this is. A few years ago some of us began using emoticons, regular keyboard punctuation marks combined to look like smiley faces and other images. : -D  As email gave way to texting and social media, the most common emoticons were coded to produce icons or animated graphics. 😀 The steaming pile of poo became an increasingly common way to say that an idea stinks or the person you’re talking to is full of it (to put it mildly). Text message and Facebook comment emojis spread to stickers, t-shirt designs, coffee mugs and now The Emoji Movie is coming August 4, 2017. The plush pillows are a marketing tie in. If there is a dollar to be made somebody will find a way to make it.

On the other hand, you can walk into your local Walmart and buy a pile of crap. Not just any pile of crap, a plush friendly looking one that kids will want because all the characters are made to look cute. This is a real product you can buy, geared toward adolescents and young adults. I think it says something about where we are as a society.

And don’t forget, it’s a pillow.

“Now I lay me down to nap,
place my face upon this crap.
If I die before I wake…”

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About Clark Bunch

Clark Bunch is the pastor of Unity Baptist Church and author of God is Near. He and his wife Teresa have one child. In his spare time he enjoys blogging, playing guitar and riding his motorcycle. And coffee, he'd be nowhere without coffee.
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