If you're a regular revolutionary like we at LT, then you should take a moment away from the front lines* to be astounded, disgusted and ultimately thrilled to learn of a shocking move this week by evil empire Disney. The cartoon powerhouse went a three-toed step too far when they offered Mickey Mouse t-shirts for sale in a design inspired by artwork from a Joy Division album. Joy Division, one of the seminal electro-pop outfits of the 70s and 80s, still enjoy a huge following today, and fans of the freaky band can often be seen sporting t-shirts that look exactly like the Mickey Mouse shirts Disney hurriedly pulled off the shelves earlier this week:
Apparently, Disney weren't aware of certain, er, background issues with trying to sell a shirt like this to the American public. Namely:
The lead singer of Joy Division was an epileptic tortured soul who hung himself on the eve of their first tour of the US.
The name of the band was taken from a 1955 novel in which "Joy Divisions" were the female inmates in a Nazi concentration camp used by Nazi soldiers for sex.
Joy Division are synonymous with a variety of grim issues such as drug abuse, suicide and anti-social behaviors.
When they signed their first recording contract with Manchester's Factory Records, it was written and signed in blood!
Just a day or so after the shirts were advertised on the Disney website, they were swiftly withdrawn. Weird, given that among the fanfare of their announcement Disney included this blurb on the site:
"Inspired by the iconic sleeve of Joy Division's Unknown Pleasures album, this Waves Mickey Mouse Tee incorporates Mickey's image within the graphic of the pulse of a star. That's appropriate given few stars have made bigger waves than Mickey!"
As you might imagine, the few shirts that were purchased prior to the quick pullout are now worth a pretty penny among freaks and Joy Division fans. This one here
is now going for $255 on EBay and that price might have climbed even higher by the time you click the link, so be quick if you want it, dude.
Whatever next? Will American schools be making the Mark E. Smith Guide to Writing Guide required viewing for their English curriculum?
* The front lines of drinking coffee and watching YouTubes all day when you should be working, obv. This article about rip-offs was ripped off from this one
, in case you don't believe me.