Sunday, July 27, 2008

New Wolterism

Goldy's Secret:

It's Not the Products But Problematic Purveyors

For background, see the earlier post on Goldy's Secret.

Forbes reports (7/25/08) on the Victoria's Secret (VS) situation, including another howler from the U of M's chief spin doctor, Dan Wolter:

Most lingerie sellers want their products to be sexier. Victoria's Secret wants the opposite.

The "Collegiate Collection" focuses on tamer items, such as T-shirts, tote bags and panties, branded for schools like Harvard, UCLA, Boston College and the University of Michigan

Scott Bouyack of the Collegiate Licensing Company, which represented 27 of the participating schools, said some had to overcome "a knee-jerk reaction" to the idea of offering apparel by Victoria's Secret. The University of Minnesota pulled out of the program shortly after it was announced.

"The point is not what the product is but what the company is," said University of Minnesota spokesman Dan Wolter. "There's just a sense that that's not necessarily a positive thing for young women."

Wow, Dan, it is great that you are making sure that our female students only engage in what you consider to be positive activities.

Aren't our students adults, Dan? Don't you think they are smart enough to make up their own minds?

Certainly you seem to be interested in their making up their minds to take on credit card debt - from which the U gets a cut.

Let's see:

Coke money - OK
Pepsi money - OK (at least for Deans)
JP Morgan credit card money - OK
Double Dipping money - OK

But we draw the line at our female students being sold Goldy items by VS. I propose an experiment to you Dan. Do a little survey about how many of our students (male and female) ALREADY buy things from VS. My own niece told me that she spends a considerable amount of her discretionary income on VS stuff.

One more run-through on the latest Wolterism:

1. Victoria's Secret is EVIL

2. Why? Because they sell inappropriate items.

3. They are selling totebags, sweatshirts, tee shirts and underwear of the type you could buy at TARGET, but with cute university logos imprinted.

4. It's not OK to buy the stuff in 3. (See 1).

Wow! And Dan Wolter is chief spokesperson for a university.


Maybe Dan could apply for a Regent's scholarship to take a course in ... logic?

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