Quite obviously, families of the victims are horribly offended, pressuring the building's owner -- the NY Port Authority -- to shut this condom thing down. But can they? If the patent office awards Blueher a trademark, it seems that they will be powerless to stop it. The father of a firefighter killed in the attacks had this to say:
"I find it very offensive. The idea that anyone would use something associated with 9/11 to promote any product is upsetting. But to promote condoms, that goes a step beyond."Without speculating too deeply about the statement the condom entrepreneur is trying to make, or whether any part of the crazy marketing scheme -- apart from the controversy and media attention -- really makes any sense, the major question seems to be: are Americans really ready to buy condoms that commercialize the 9/11 attacks in such a direct and crude way?
We're really having a conundrum here. Could it be that the condoms are meant as a kind of perverted tribute? Sure, the guy could be the biggest jerk in the world, but it could also be quasi-sincere. Plenty of people cashed in on 9/11 with "Never Forget" bumper stickers and t-shirts. Are condoms really any different? After all, wouldn't these disrespectful rubbers just be one more tasteless product on the market? What do you think?