Holy Smokes!
It's been an incredible few days! Ever since that first piece was broadcast on NBC News Philadelphia (Saturday, March 13th) my popularity has just exploded! I mean, Scarborough Country on MSNBC? The Drudge Report?? The UK News! The head of the American Catholic League and Ed Koch BOTH blasting me?!?

Yes, Urban Outfitters has dropped the magnets, but the timing couldn't have been better! I've gotten an avalanche of orders from the site. I couldn't have ever dreamed of a better scenario. And, I have also been buried in a delicious amount of hate mail! So many that I don't even know what to do with them all! Here are a whole bunch of "shorties" that I sent off last night.

Their emails will be in blue while mine are in black and white.

Hi Bob,
Annika said "Tell Bob THANK YOU for the new Jesus!"
So here you go.

Lisa


Subject: LOOK OUT!!!

Dear Mr. Bob-
Hi. There is this group of kind old folks who call themselves the American Family Association, and I am a member in order for me to be able to receive updates about their crazy fun antics and have a few laughs. Anyway, they have found out about you and Jesus. They are callling for a boycott of Urban Outfitters for supporting your 'evil agenda' by selling Jesus Dress-Up magnets in their stores. Have a good time with them and good luck I guess. You can find them at www.afa.net if you want to see what they are saying about it. I think it's pretty cool that you are finally telling the world about your "evil crusade to destroy Christianity and all its tenets and values." Good job.

Bye
Jacob

Date: Thu, 18 Mar 2004 10:34:05

Subject: Company offers 'Jesus' Dress Up' with Satan clothes

Dear Fern,

Urban Outfitters is offering a refrigerator magnet set depicting Jesus on the cross. A variety of clothes for "Jesus Dress Up" include a Satan mask and tights, ballerina, and dogcatcher outfit.

Jesus, wearing only briefs, allows users to "clothe" Christ in a variety of secular outfits. Other articles of clothing are a "beanie" cap, a snorkel, bunny slippers, a tuxedo, and a Dr. Seuss hat.

An employee in a New York City store exclaimed, "We've got tons of them!"

Although the product is not available on their website, you can view a sample of it by clicking here.

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Tell Urban Outfitters chairman Richard Hayne to stop this assault on the Christian faith.

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Sincerely,
Donald E. Wildmon, Founder and Chairman American Family Association

P.S. Please forward this email to at least one friend.

Hi Bob, really love what you're doing. I am a member of the American Atheists and have "played" with your site a couple years ago. I'm sure you have already been informed of this and if you have, I apologize for the redundant news. The following story was in the news today.

I think people can be so amazing. If there was a "normal" Jesus there on the typical cross, nothing would have been said, unless maybe an atheist complained. But our opinions don't count, right?!

I think the store owner gave a commendable response. It's good to see that some people aren't afraid to talk fanatics down. Just thought I would share. I hope all is well with you and your endeavors. Keep up the good work!

Sincerely,
Phil Trelatsky.


Dear Bob,
Maybe I've been living under a rock or something, but I had never heard of you or your Jesus Dress Up magnet until last night on NBC's 11:00 news. First of all, I think you magnet is extremely offensive, juvenile, morally reprehensible, and absolutely... one of the supremely funniest things I have ever seen! And when you dismissed Christ's power as "magic" on NB-fucking C, I almost lost control of every bodily function for laughing so hard. Thank you making my night. And thank you NBC, for showing me the light, as they say.

Your newest fan,
Dan Wible


Hey Bob

Been enjoying your site for a year or so now. Here in the UK I'm comfortably removed from all of the hate, hype and hypocrisy you're doubtless on the receiving end of, but I hope you can take comfort from the fact that no publicity is bad publicity. It's the ridiculous, sensationalist moral-mongering circus that press and public opinion seem to be in the U.S. that gives 'Yanks' a bad rep worldwide. You wouldn't get this sort of reaction in the UK from Christians (it's what I expect from new and militant third world religions like Islam) and it's a worrying indictment of the way that the media and religious right want people to think and act in your country. It's laughable but it's very sad too. I hope all goes well for you and you get a chance to represent yourself fairly.

Peter Fisher

“a whole lot of people who are going to let you know about it real soon!”

Bob, Jesus Dress Up is NOT funny, and there will be a whole lot of people who are going to let you know about it real soon! You've picked the wrong fight my friend.

Steve Kraut
skraut@comcast.net


I've gotten a couple emails. Most of them are quite friendly though.
I'll let you know if more come in.

Bob

“I feel i'm a pretty liberal person”

I feel i'm a pretty liberal person but this is disgusting

Dan O'Brien
proobone@earthlink.net


Then that would make you a not so pretty liberal.

Bob

“And before you dismiss me as if you're some kind of old religious nut, allow me to educate you that I am a COLLEGE student”

How dare you create such a tasteless, rude and obnoxious "game" and then put it up for sale? To do what you have done is irresponsible and evil. And before you dismiss me as if you're some kind of old religious nut, allow me to educate you that I am a COLLEGE student and completely disagree with your actions. Please remove any opportunity for others to purchase your "game".

Brady Alland
br80ville@yahoo.com


A COLLEGE student? oh my god! I had no idea! I am shocked and bewildered!

I am now peeing my pants and knocking things off my desk so as to sob into my arms.

Bob

“YOU'RE BETTER OFF NOT QUITTING ON YOUR DAYTIME JOB IN MCDONALDS!!!!”

Subject: Re: YOU HAVE STUPID IDEA FOR A TOY!!!!

I DON'T KNOW IF YOU WANT TO BE KNOWN AS A GREAT TOY ENTERPRENEUR OR IS JUST STIRRING UP A POT OF CONTROVERSY BUT I GOTTA SAY YOU ARE A WORST EXCUSE FOR A HUMAN BEING!!!! YOUR IDEA SUCK AND YOU'RE BETTER OFF NOT QUITTING ON YOUR DAYTIME JOB IN MCDONALDS!!!! YOU SORRY LOSER!!! I HOPE YOU GET WHAT YOU HAVE COMING TO YOU!!!

Jeff David
jeff.david@cox.net


You write poorly.

Bob

“You WILL account for this some day.”

Dear Bob,
Your "Jesus dress up" is disgusting and offensive. It rings of prejudice, intolerance, and politically correct Christian-bashing. It also speaks of your lost soul. May God forgive you what you are doing. You WILL account for this some day.

Sincerely, DA
Delvadog@aol.com


Yes. In my BANK account!

Bob

“Get on your knees and kiss you ass goodbye.”

Hey Bob, Get on your knees and kiss you ass goodbye. I case you don't know, what you have done is to commit the unpardonable sin which is blasphemy against the Holy Spirt. You're fucked pal.

Duffy

Joe Doaks
duffy@chesco.com


Yeah, and I'm gonna take a guy who calls himself "Duffy" really seriously. Oh! And you'll be shakin in your boots when you hear that the other day I walked under a ladder! Run Duffy! Run! The sky is falling!

Bob

“you will stand in front of Him someday and answer for this....What a dreadful day that will be for you”

I came across you web page today.... It just makes me so very sad to see how far we have fallen....it is a disgrace what you have done with the Jesus Dress up magnets...I know you don't believe it, but you will stand in front of Him someday and answer for this....What a dreadful day that will be for you........

Larry Goode Homer
Alaska
lorenzo@xyz.net


Yes. and I'll be dressed in red pajamas and sent off to the fiery abyss for the rest of forever. I'm also guessing that you believe that there are trolls hiding in your closet and fiendish gargoyles do battle with shiny angels up in the sky!

And maybe you need to cut back on the daydreams Larry. Now back to your homework!

Bob

“JESUS will have the last laugh.”

JESUS will have the last laugh.

Chris Plourde
chrisp@carterassoc.com


Jesus laughs at the people?

“douche”

You're a real douche.

Mark Normand
mark.normand@verizon.net


Douches go into the vagina, don't they? Yes! Yes, I am a very large and horny douche.

Thank you Mark.
Bob

“you are trying to provoke us Christans and we are going to boycott you!”

Subject: Jesus Doll So Anti-Christian

I find this jesus doll offended and very anti christian, you are trying to provoke us Christans and we are going to boycott you!

Jay Deleon
chaloner11@yahoo.com


What??? Christians are going to start boycotting my site?? How can they do that to me? What have I ever done to them to deserve such a horrible revenge?! It's not fair! Without Christians I have no fodder! I'll be ruined!!!!!

Nooooooooooooooo!

Bob

(These are just a small sample of over 1,200 complaint letters I've received in the last 3 days.)

 

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