There really is a gift shop. Wow.
Gift shops usually make or break funding of museums, like it or not. There is not a museum out there that doesn't have one for this reason, including the Oklahoma City Memorial, the Johnstown Flood Historic Site, Civil War Battlefields. We don't live in a society that likes to fund these things properly, so this is how they manage to exist at all.
All in all, I'm more outraged about the moronic "cross" being given center stage there. What an absolutely delusional, retarded fucking thing, not to mention the cognitive dissonance of trying to make religion the fore-front of the whole place when religion is what caused 9/11.
That doesn't bother me at all, and it took me a good month to get the smell of dead bodies and drywall out of my apartment after the event. If it helps, a lot of people's bodies were not recovered from the site so the cross is more or less a grave marker. Thing is, the Fire Dept in particular, is predominately Catholic. So it meant a lot to these guys. Consider this fellow, Father Mychal Judge. He's a Catholic priest, outwardly gay, Fire chaplain ( yes they have these things ) and died helping people get out of the building.
What peeves me to no end is the very thing this guy comments on in the end, the interpretation. THERE SHOULD BE NO INTERPRETATION. PERIOD. The artifacts and the architecture speak for themselves. Get rid of the interactive displays, the gift shop, and all the rest of that tourist nonsense. It's a war memorial, not a ride at disney land.
Some parts of that were absolutely tasteless. Jreid and StanleyPain covered those parts so well that I don't need to comment except by giving this five stars for evil.
I had to rewind that part because I thought I saw 'the cross at ground zero' but then thought "nawww, they wouldn't go there, I'm probably just subconsciously looking for things to be outraged about."
But they went there.
(oops, that was in reply to S. Pain's comment)
"It would be as if you had a really major museum of the Roman Empire inside the Colosseum."
The Creation Museum for American imperialists.
I don't think this is as bad as you guys are making it out to be.
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I can't wait for the overly complicated, convoluted Truther review!
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