August 15, 2018
Former PANTERA singer Philip Anselmo says that he had nothing to do with the decision to remove the “Hesher Dream T-Shirt” – which combines Confederate flag imagery with a nude blonde woman and a potleaf – from the band’s official webstore.
The Confederate flag’s symbolism is the subject of an emotional debate in the South in the aftermath of the massacre of nine blacks by a white gunman in a Charleston, South Carolina church last month.
White supremacist and suspected killer Dylann Roof had been pictured holding the Confederate flag before he allegedly carried out the murders.
While some people see the flag as a divisive symbol of the South’s proslavery legacy, supporters insist the flag is a honorable symbol of regional pride, a mark of respect for Southern soldiers who died in the American Civil War.
After Rolling Stone pointed out the above-mentioned PANTERA shirt in the July 9 article headlined “Why Are These Bands Still Selling Confederate Flag Merch?”, the item in question disappeared from the official PANTERA webstore with no explanation.
During a July 17 interview with Brandon Woolum of the WAMX-FM radio station in Huntington, West Virgina, Anselmo was asked whether the shirt in question would ever be brought back on the market. He responded: “I don’t know. I don’t make these calls, and honestly, this is a complex subject. My only feeling on the whole thing is, with the world the way it sits today and spins, we have a lot more and more pressing and bigger problems than worrying about some fucking flag, and that’s how I feel about it.”
August 15, 2018
Several airlines have campaigns to promote routes, but airports rarely do. To boost outbound travel and maximize flight capacity, Vancouver International Airport sports a travel t-shirt and takes to social media to share the lesser-known reasons for traveling to Asia.
Let’s say you’ve never been to Asia or know little about the region. What comes to mind when a colleague mentions a trip there? An exotic culture? A foreign language? Unfamiliar food? But what about visiting sumo stables in Tokyo or windsurfing the Penghu Islands in Taiwan? Probably not the first things that comes to mind.
In a campaign to promote flights to its Asian destinations, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) attempts to change just that.
”We want to get people thinking differently about Asia. Making it more accessible,” said Robyn McVicker, director, Marketing and Communications, Vancouver Airport Authority. ”They might think that it’s busy or they might not know the language. So we wanted to create something that would make it a little bit more relevant and a little bit more accessible for all of our demographic.”
YVR currently has over 134 direct flights a week to Asia, and is in ongoing contention with Los Angeles and Seattle-Tacoma airports for the title of largest North American gateway to the region. In March, YVR reported an increase of traffic to the Asia-Pacific region of almost three million passengers in 2014 – a 9.8 percent increase from 2013, with traffic to mainland China alone, up 6.66 percent. A few months later, news of YVR teaming with ad agency Taxi to create an Asia travel campaign emerged. Together, they came up with the idea for the recently launched, T-Shirts to Paradise campaign.