Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Hate Mail & Death Threats Target T-shirt Seller

From: http://news.yahoo.com/s/prweb/20060221/bs_prweb/prweb348992_1

Tue Feb 21, 7:00 AM ET

(PRWEB) - (PRWEB) February 21, 2006 -- Conservative t-shirt maker MetroSpy set off a firestorm when their newest design depicted a caricature of the prophet Mohammed with a bomb wrapped in his turban. According to Islamic tradition, graphic depictions of the Prophet Mohammed are forbidden. MetroSpy's apparent disregard for this tradition has outraged many in the Muslim world, prompting some to voice their displeasure by sending the company hate-filled email, online viruses and even death threats.

Johnathan Alexander, MetroSpy's production manager, says he's never seen anything like it. “It's a silly little cartoon. We've sold designs far more offensive than this for years”, referring to a t shirt which reads, “My Jesus can beat up your Allah.”

“For people to become so enraged over a drawing that they resort to burning down buildings and threatening to kill people is something I'll never understand,” Alexander said.

In one email the person writes, “We kill you and burn your shop. I am Muslim with forces in the U.S.A.”

Another email claims to be from the terrorist group Al Qaeda. It reads, “You only have 5 days and your company will disappear. I promise!” The email is signed, Saalem Al Qahtani, Al Qaeda.

One of the more disturbing messages simply says, “In two days we kill your family."

Over the past few days, MetroSpy has begun posting some of the emails on their website (http://www.shopmetrospy.com/).

According to Alexander, “Ever since we started posting the messages along with the sender's return address, the volume of hate mail has slowed down and the tone has changed considerably. In fact, some of the more recent comments could be considered polite.”

In an email which was traced to Saudi Arabia, the writer asks, “Could you guys do a favor? Please eliminate this picture from your goods because it's very embarrassing to our religion. If you do that, it would be a greatly appreciated. Thanks a lot.”

Another says, “I am sending this e-mail and I hope that you understand that what you are doing is offending more than a billion people in the world. I hope that your sales with other stuff be billions but not for this one offending product.”

Altogether, MetroSpy has received more than five hundred hate emails and attempted virus attacks.

Donia Saber of Elk Grove, California is an Islamic activist who writes, “I am deeply offended at the t-shirt company MetroSpy. Selling shirts with a picture of the Prophet is unacceptable and I assure you the Muslim community will not tolerate this.”

Despite protests over their offending design, MetroSpy plans to continue selling the t-shirts. As a precautionary measure however, MetroSpy has increased its security, sought the advice of a private investigative agency and remain in close contact with federal and local authorities.

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kevin said...

Looks like I'm going to have to buy a t-shirt.
Here's my depiction of the prophet of doom.

kevin said...

I've linked this story to my blog.

Always On Watch said...

I'm not surprised at the threats. Pissed off--but not surprised.

Krishna109 said...

This whole thing is getting more an more absurd! Someone from Saudi Arabia is upset by something they saw on a foreign website. The web is filled with porn (including bestiality and kiddie porn), violence, videos of beheaings, bodies maimed by war ...disease...famine. Various types of racious, religious, and ethnic hatred! Plus-- a lot of other stuff that many find obnoxious. Anyone who has used the 'net for a while realizes-- if you don't like a site-- you don't have to look at it! DOH!

It is forbidden for Muslims to eat pork-- that's OK with me. But do I have to forgo pork? If I eat pork-- does that insult Moslems? If Moslems are forbidden to make images of Mohammed, that's also OK with me-- but why should I be forbidden to eat pork-- or make images of him...I'm not a Muslim!

Supposedly the reason for this prohibition was to prevent idolatry-- by Moslems. Well, I am not going to worship the picture on the shirt when I see it-- so that shouldn't be a problem!

And, of course, Moslems have been making images of Mohammed for centuries...

It seems to me that the real problem is simply this-- Moslems want to impose their beliefs on others. They want everyone else to submit to their beliefs and customs.

Anonymous said...

wonder if there is a market for soft cotton, 3-ply Korans...

Jason Pappas said...

Does anyone know if one can buy a button with the picture of the bomb-headed Mohammad?

kevin said...

anonymous, (if thats you're real name}
check out this site for pics of mohammed tp
you'll have to scroll down to find it.

jason, try metrospy.com, they have the shirt