Also approved were "Old Glory" condoms, complete with the flag in the shape of that item. The maker pitched it as patriotic, not offensive. The back of each package carried an "Old Glory Pledge" that "We believe it is patriotic to protect and save lives." The agency agreed that the company's brand sought to "redefine patriotism to include the fight against sexually-transmitted diseases, including AIDS."
Medical terms for genitals aren't offensive, apparently. These are registered trademarks: "Penis Parody" and "I Love Vagina" clothing and "Vagina Guitars."
Drug use isn't controversial. "Cokaine" is a registered trademark, and "Cocaine" has been approved for several companies over the last 20 years. So was "Paris Heroin," registered from 2003 to 2010. Even "God Loves Marijuana" was registered for shirts and hats in that same time frame.
The left doesn't oppose disparaging terms when the cause is leftist. "Dykes on Bikes" was successfully registered by lesbian "pride" activists in 2007. A woman named Ava Watkins received approval for a "Twatty Girl" trademark for caps, jogging suits and women's underwear.
But say the word "Redskins," and the left collectively faints. In the case of the "R-word," a majority of the community has never been offended. Even a majority of the Indians have never been offended. But the left's crusade, using Obama's PTO, continues.
L. Brent Bozell III is the president of the Media Research Center. Tim Graham is director of media analysis at the Media Research Center and executive editor of the blog NewsBusters.org. To find out more about Brent Bozell III and Tim Graham, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
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