Captions Outrageous

Despite my distaste in general for t-shirts bearing slogans and my tendency to avoid loud people, I do have some sympathy for this fellow who was stopped from boarding a plane for wearing a t-shirt that said ‘We Will Not Be Silent’ in both English and Arabic.

At least, that’s what he says it says in Arabic. But on that count, we only have the word of Arabic speakers. For the non-Arabic speaker, it could mean anything. Ok, it could mean something as harmless as ‘Downtown Damascus Donut Dunkin’’, but equally it could mean ‘Frankie Say’. Suppose they let him onto the plane and he started belting out a rendition of Relax mid-flight?

The watchful passengers and the conscientious security personnel deserve a hearty pat on the back for this one.

You can never be too careful when it comes to t-shirt slogans. Take terrorists, for example. More often than not, the modus operandi of the IRA bomber involved walking into a shopping centre sporting a t-shirt that read ‘I am going to blow this place to bits’ on the front in Irish, but, as a means of deceiving the public at large, he juxtaposed this with ‘My mother went to Bundoran and all I got was this lousy t-shirt’ underneath in English.

Via Mother Jones.


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