A website that pairs homeless people with jackets is actually being attacked today for doing so. Why? Because it's operating out of spite.
" solicits cash donations to help outfit the indigent with jackets sporting the logos of rival universities. The implication: advertising one's own school on the backs of the homeless would be shameful, so getting one of them to sport a rival school's mascot is like a symbolic punch to the gut for said school. Created by students at MIT University, some have suggested that HoboJacket wants "to offend you into giving to the homeless." Indeed, Laura Beck at Jezebel
was so offended by the "sniggering disgust" on display by the site that she dubbed
its efforts "repugnant."
But as Scott Meslow at The Week
observes, HoboJacket has so far obtained nearly 700 jackets destined for folks who might otherwise go without them; so concept aside, the site is reaping material benefits. We can also ask the obvious: Do the homeless even care
what one's motivation is for helping them out, so long as they get the help?
Besides, any school considered a legitimate rival of MIT is probably a pretty good one. And certainly a far sight more impressive than the alma mater of this author
Via The Week