That’s the sound of millions of geeks collectively wetting their pants over this t-shirt design from the hip-but-a-little-pricey Tee Fury.
In case you’re not privy (and I had to do a little research) this design collects, from left, Star Wars’ Death Star, the Ring from Lord of the Rings, an Alien, X-files, Dr. Who, either Harry Potter’s scar or DC Comic’s The Flash or Flash Gordon, and Star Trek’s phaser.
It’s a veritable Dr. Who’s Who of Geekdom. I guess we can only dream of a world in which all these fans would get along.
What’s wonderful about the shirt, even for the unenlightened, is that the shirt skewers the popular, but slightly more serious, “Coexist” design of the Coexist Foundation, which attempts to “promote understanding and respect between Jews, Christians and Muslims through education, dialogue and research.”
It’s a lofty, sober task.
So, we have this tongue-in-cheek tee-shirt poking fun at the seriousness of the non-profit. On the one hand, the geek design elevates itself to the level of cross-religious harmony. On the other hand, it equates religious harmony to that of fan harmony.
That’s what a lot of popular culture does. It not only promotes itself as serious business, it pokes fun at serious business as mere entertainment.
And think about it, when does “Coexist” the religious movement start on the path to entertainment? Right about the time the first t-shirt or bumper sticker rolls off the press.
And that is what makes Tee Fury’s shirt so wonderful.