PHOTO ESSAY ~~ TOYS RN’T US

It all started with a ‘dream’……


The following photos are from a protest held by the ‘Granny Peace Brigade’ at the 2010 Toy Fair in New York. The theme was “NO TO G.I. JOE” by Hasbro.

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Photos of the protest are followed by a group of photos taken at an exhibit of children’s art depicting their anti war sentiments and their desire for peace.

Photos © by Bud Korotzer


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4 Comments

  1. February 18, 2010 at 09:24

    you had created a really very great blog not its because it has got good picture but to give a message to the people that the war always creates problems it nevers give peace to anyone.

  2. February 18, 2010 at 17:03

    It is not difficult to imagine that we become as adults what we practice as children. Those who spend their time with a violin in their hand or sitting patiently at a piano will often find themselves in a career in music or otherwise engaged in creative activities while some of the kids who were athletically inclined are now being watched by the world as they perform at the Vancouver Olympic Games, where the best of the winter athletes have gathered together for what is supposed to be the greatest peaceful exhibition of winter sports.

    How difficult is it to imagine that there is a great deal to say here about the ‘nurturing’ environment and how it influences what happens to children involved in activities that aim the energies of the child into a more destructive direction? Can it be so hard to accept that the kids who grow up playing the violent games, particularly the video games that flood their consciousness with thousands of violent images every time they play their ‘game’ and ‘role playing’ games, where they pretend to be characters in the action, can often result in these children growing up to become anti-social adults who have difficulty relating to the rest of the world? Violence begets violence as surely as eating nothing but McDonald’s will leave your body diseased and on the road to an early death (as demonstrated in the documentary by Morgan Spurlock).

    If the saying ‘you are what you eat’ is true how much more the expression ‘you are what you play’? Can you imagine what Gandhi did as a child? I can’t believe that he played with guns and pretended to stage small wars with his toys. What about Nelson Mandela? While imprisoned for his desire to live as a free man in the nation he was born in he did not spend his time growing bitter or being consumed with hate; he read poetry, studied to improve himself, and – most importantly – perfected his ability to forgive and preach and teach his inspirational message of the importance of reconciliation for the future of South Africa. That doesn’t sound like the type of guy who grew up playing with a G.I. Joe.

    Children may want a toy because a friend of theirs has one or they have seen it on television, but parents have to realize that getting a child everything that they want is not necessarily the best way to make their child happy – and it certainly isn’t the best thing for the child. Rather than succumbing to the pressures (from children and advertising) to purchase violent toys parents can take the first step by offering alternate venues for their children to exercise their playtime in creative, peaceful ways.

    If enough people stop buying the G.I. Joe doll because it becomes something that no longer fits into the vision of what should be marketed to children then one thing will surely happen: Joe will not return from his last mission. He will be declared KIA and be pulled from the shelves. That day cannot come soon enough.

    Wie viel ist Aufzuleiden!

  3. February 18, 2010 at 17:39

    Decided to turn my comment into a post – linked here (of course).
    http://crazycomposer.blogspot.com/2010/02/killing-gi-joe.html

  4. rambini said,

    February 19, 2010 at 01:48

    Show these pictures to the zionazi murderers. But sadly to them we goyim are in their way to world domination.


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