Thursday, August 09, 2007

And They're Not Even Using KY

I almost fell out of my chair when I saw this story about Johnson & Johnson suing the Red Cross to prevent them from using the Red Cross logo on products. Take a second to think that one through. A multi Billion Dollar company is trying to get a not for profit organization to stop using the symbol that is the very essence of who they are. The Red Cross was founded in 1863, and the American Red Cross was founded by Clara Barton in 1881. J&J was founded by Robert Wood Johnson in 1886, just down the road from where I grew up. Never mind the fact that J&J began putting a red cross on their products in 1887 because the symbol was synonymous with aid due to the Red Cross' good work. How about the fact that they started using the symbol a full 24 years after the IRCARC did.

Now the J&J people want to stop the Red Cross from using a red cross on products. Granted they are not upset about the items the aid organization give away to people who have lost their homes et al. They are upset that items are being sold with the red cross logo on them, albeit as parts of health and safety kits. But in this country business is business, and you can't fuck with the almighty profit!

So the Fat Cats over at Penis & Penis are after the people who give you food and a place to stay when your house burns down. God bless the USA! The worst part is that while they are fucking the not for profit set, they aren't even using KY, which J&J makes. I guess they didn't want to waist any money on them, I mean other then the money they are spending on lea gal fees and the money they will lose from customers who are appalled at their treatment of an aid organization.

By the way, if you want to complain to J&J I say you write to Vice Chairperson Christine A. Poon. Poon, great name for a higher up at a Fortune 500 company! You can only hope there's another exec who's last name is Tang!

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1 comment:

Mike said...

I heard Jesus is considering suing both of them for infringing on his trademark.