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Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter

Posted by Kufunya 
Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
October 26, 2004 01:12AM
Greetings and Respect Family, I find the Rasta Collection by Christian Dior offensive and a total dis-respect to Rasta Culture, and to the those who are seeking the Rasta way of life are being mis-led that Rasta must be some poppy show.

At this time, I would like to express out to all Rasta's and Friends of Rasta way of life with regards the new found Rasta Collection. To make your voice be heard and be pro-active.
Also there are Rasta's who are organizing protests and doing letter writings and phone calls to the company to voice their concern of this issue.
I can be reached via e-mail: Kufunya@aol.com or via phone 917-450-8854
In the meantime here is the website so you can see for yourself how they are using I & I for a profit!!!!! Please spead the word about this matter
www.christianDior.com

Blessed
Sista Kufunya

Here is the letter I sent to them

I am need of your mailing address so I may inform you of Rastafari with books and video tapes which will take hours and even years for you to understand why it is very wrong for you to have a RASTA Collection!!!! Why ?
Are you aware that Rasta is a spiritual way of life, which is practiced around the world, it is a culture on Highly ground out of Ethiopia which is also respected by other cultures and religions.
I am sure that if you had researched all of the info concerning Rasta and our way of life you and your company would have never ever summed up RASTA with a fashion abomination of shoes bras- bikinis etc.
And I am sure and bet my life on it - that if you styled a collection called Muslim - Jewish - Orthodox you would think twice or would never ever think of doing it at all.
I am hurt by your total dis regard of my culture and millions of Rasta's who in the not so distant past where killed, ridiculed and discriminated because of it.
Rasta is Not a Bikini- Rasta Not a Shoe- Rasta Not a Bra- Rasta Not depicted in a sexually way. Rasta Cannot be brought or sold!!!!
Your taking it to far - find another way to exploit your fashion- Not Rasta!

Respectfully
Sista Kufunya
A Born Rasta From Creation
917-450-8854
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
October 26, 2004 03:49AM
Babylon at its finest. I'm not surprised.What a disgrace to the true believers.


fourtwentyplenty
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
October 26, 2004 08:23AM
Hey Sister ! Blessed for this message...

I am based in Geneva and got also very upset by this, although after months I could restore my calm. Still I want to burn dem to the bone, and bones included, tchooo let's burn it all till there is only ashes...

Actually I was expecting my city to be covered by this posters, leaving myself the space for a mass campaign of promotion sabotage. But it never happened...

But still... if you're really upset and angry, know that there is a way to bring them up to court. Why ? Because Rasta if Ifficially recognised by U.N.O as a Culture and "religion" (sic). that meaning in somehow that we have the same legal rights as Jews, Muslims and so on...
Now if this campaign starts from the US, and if they are brought to Court over there, the benefits can be millions of $ that could be directly sent to Ethiopia Shashamane, or to Ghana and all places where nuff Rasses and Ras-Sistrins are living and seak development. That would be a great cause... and I would be motivated to give in my contribution and spread the word. But if they are brought to court here in Europe, there won't be no success at all.

If we don't react quickly there will Be Rasta-Burgers or Rasta-Furs (my gosh it exists already with focking Dior), we could see one day why not Rasta-Gunz or whatsoever stupid, depriving and alienating images, concepts and @#$%& like Babywrong can raise. Blood and more blood to them, Faya and more faya to them.
If there is a line that cant be crossed, both feet are over it... cut the wicked grass before it's too late !
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
October 26, 2004 03:40PM
Rasta is a fashion show. Pins and patches and bumperstickers.
At least the company has a Christian name.



Post Edited (10-26-04 08:40)
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
October 26, 2004 04:42PM
Dancehall is bumboclaat.
Reggae is hip hop.
Rasta is a fashion show.
One love is a marketing tool.
Organic doesn't mean what it used to.
Cats and dogs sleeping together.
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
October 26, 2004 08:50PM
>may-b midnite could do a rally for awareness concert? just dont tell anybody dey dont support dem batty boy & lesbians or dey wont get any support either. hush, hush. -RASpects+
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
October 26, 2004 09:00PM
A Rasta awareness concert? Aren't they all?
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
October 26, 2004 09:40PM
i* wish> @least from a strugglein' artist's point of veiw dat iz in most case's true. but if your not strugglein' anymore which seems to be case it iz more on the promoters repersentations head & theirs agents who r' suppose to communicate 'unlike snops' to the average community who are for most part trying very hard with nuff energy to help push it through pozitive for iNi.
-RASpects+
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
October 26, 2004 11:19PM
Respects again Sister & JahMeek... all others also. Some find it funny... its possible ! My humour can afford it but it's such a nonsense... I would react same way if they would use other symbols & faithfull semiologies...
Its properly disgusting and shows the nonsense of nowadays... Those stupid creators are so much in lack of inspiration, usable symbols and unexplored fields that they "buck up" on Rasta. When Puma makes a fashion out of Jamaica... I find it very opportunistic, very commercial but... it can find sense.
Lots of Jamaican people (likewise ourselves) love fashion. This is fashion... and the semiologic, rational connection is understandable.
1. Jamaica is a kind of romantic figure...
2. Sports in the Third World countries are often one of the only way to step up in society.
3. After the Rasta Rocket mockery, we all know that the Jamaican cool guy has an undeniable sympathy capital... I would classify Puma Jam in this same pattern of thinking in somehow... playing on the humour process.

But here its just amazing... out of total sense.
1. Rasta is not Jamaica... and reverse not much more !
2. Rasta is not into fashion and fashion is not that much supposed to be dealing Rasta
3. Dior is a bloody old-people trademark even amongst high-society who buys that... its the mums stuff...
4. So whats the matter to be polite... They just spoil the word, abuse it and what upsets me reduce it to a single pattern Red, Gold and Green...
5. And what do we have to face ? slips, bikinis and furrs... that vex me up also. Its pure **** without compromize... Puma is only rubbish fashion. Its not spoiling a culture because lots of Jamaican people, and myself in extent (although my complicated mind often makes me run weh from fashions even amongst the "community"winking smiley could wear it. But tell me one and only single Rasta bredrins or sistrins who could wear this **** ?

NO THERE IS MAJOR DISCREDIT. STILL, MY PROPOSAL FOR REPARATION WAS NOT A JOKE BUT A VIEW OF MIND. OBVIOUSLY THERE IS LOW INTEREST ON FIGHTING THIS WHENCE 1000X MORE IMPORTANT THINGS ARE HAPPENING. BUT STILL, ON A PURE CONCEPTUAL, CULTURAL OR SPIRITUAL LEVEL ITS A MASS ABUSE.
IMAGINE THE SAME WITH ANOTHER CULTURE, MAYBE MORE CONSIDERED AND REPRESENTED AMONGST RULING SOCIETY LIKE... you know what a mean ?
Guidance...
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
October 26, 2004 11:27PM
Ah yes Kufunya, Ras E Eric here in california. This issue is one of many reasons why the brothers sing what they sing....through the inspiration of certain folly like so... Got my kings on the clothes line
Seriously lost from creation as Jahcob Seed Say Companies will always use the soft and the tender to come exploit confusion, lust and exploition... rasta never exploits, remembah we a bushman sitting up high on selassie and menen's throne the man and woman never ever chat once of His Imperial Majestic King Haile I Selassie
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
October 26, 2004 11:55PM
Greetings and thank you for your re-marks- But hear dis- I want you to be pro-active by calling or send a letter!
We must take a firm stand!ras e wrote:

> Ah yes Kufunya, Ras E Eric here in california. This issue is
> one of many reasons why the brothers sing what they
> sing....through the inspiration of certain folly like so... Got
> my kings on the clothes line
> Seriously lost from creation as Jahcob Seed Say Companies
> will always use the soft and the tender to come exploit
> confusion, lust and exploition... rasta never exploits,
> remembah we a bushman sitting up high on selassie and menen's
> throne the man and woman never ever chat once of His Imperial
> Majestic King Haile I Selassie
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
October 26, 2004 11:58PM
Be sure to write it using your bob marley notepad.
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
October 27, 2004 12:27AM
Yes Write it on the Bob Marley note pad! and it will go to the Marley Family who are defenders of Rastafari Faith.
And if the company has a Christian name then dem shoulda know better! but it's just a front- maybe you don't take Rastafari as your way of life- But millions do!!!

to (Money fi bun )Please post your e-mail address so I can respond to you!

Blessed
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
October 27, 2004 12:38AM
try this address, sis.
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
October 27, 2004 12:41AM
The same defenders who sold Bobs name to a sweatshop shoe company to sell shoes made of animals flesh with Bob Marley's name stitched in red, gold and green? Hardly defending anything but their big fat bank accounts from what I can see.
bigbelly man
Re: Dumb Collection of Letters
October 27, 2004 12:42AM

> remembah we a bushman sitting up high

... with a keyboard, mouse, and monitor.

all ital, of course.
Babylon Bear No Fruit
October 27, 2004 04:24AM

Babylon bears no fruit, and each Marley is judged according to the fruit of his works, not the bank account. With so much technology at all of our finger tips there is very little room for critisism of the sisters comments in that regard. If it is the christian ideal you seek, look no further and sight up!


Words of H.I.M. Haile Selassie I

"It is important that spiritual advancement must keep pace with material advancement. When this comes to be realized, man's journey toward higher and more lasting values will show more marked progress while the evil in him recedes into the background. Knowing that material and spiritual progress are essential to man, we must ceaselessly work for the equal attainment of both. Only then shall we be able to acquire that absolute inner calm so necessary to our well-being."
April, 1948
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
October 27, 2004 12:07PM
Give thank for your support Swami-
I am in agreement with your words and that of HIM!
Some folks think that RASTA must be poor, Not I my friend. I & I come from a great suppler we all do- but some don't know it! What I am only sayin is that I will not allow ones to dis respect Rastafari by dis- playing Rasta in a sexual way!
It's competely out of order! And it's I & I duty to let it be known to anyone who would dis- raspect RASTA!
?s
Are we powerless NO!
Can we make our Voices be heard? YES
Can we make a Change? YES!
There are many who are seeking the MOST HIGH JAH In these times of Revelation.
Faith without works is DEAD!
Blessed
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
October 27, 2004 04:06PM
I am not trying to trod on your meditation, kufunya. I support you standing up and speaking out for what you believe in.
I am trying to keep it real by balancing the situation with a point of view not clouded by faith.
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
October 27, 2004 04:25PM
Supporting Rita for selling out Bobs name to corporations is just as unsavory as Christian Dior selling out a Rasta image with the same products. Christian Dior just isn't naming names like the Bob Marley product line.
Is that what you find offensive? The fact that they call the line Rasta and not Bob Marley?

I feel that if it was Christian Dior's Bob Marley line, you would be praising Rita for supporting Rasta.
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
October 27, 2004 05:01PM
First and foremost Money Fi bun- Don't fool yourself into thinking by any means that you have that power to trod over I meditation.
And I am not Clouded by Faith and What do you mean !
Faith can't be clouded!! Don't toy with RASTAFARI!!!!

and yes -If Rita did Rasta Collection that was offensive I would take the said stand! But She Won't!
By The WaY Do you work for Christian Dior??? -Would you like RASTA to be SEXUALLY Marketed that way around the world???- Well I don't like it and I am not alone!
And the last time I checked Bob Marley's image is not depicted in a sexual way.
Now if you like that RASTA collection I know who you are and where you stand!


Blessed
Kufunya

Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
October 27, 2004 05:10PM
I don't think Rasta should be marketed in any manner, kufunya. I find the whole of it a disgrace to the father. I dont see a difference in a rasta bra or a rasta shoe. It is all a disgrace.

Trod on meditation, I only say that because you bristle so at my comments.
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
October 27, 2004 05:18PM
So what are you going to do about it!
Be passive or pro- active??
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
October 27, 2004 05:20PM
To Sister Kufunya:
I admire your diligence and your livication to what so many would passively ignore as mere commercialism, when in reality babylon attempts to lay foundations of perversion and inequity deep within the mind of Jah people, that they may reap the fruit of sub-conscious consumerism not only with "Rasta Beachwear", but subtle and seamless disintegration of all that is sacred. FYA, InI know that only Jah is in control, babylon bear no fruits, and not even the dog that piss against the wall of babylon shall escape this judgment!
I have emailed the christian dior co. and will encourage others to do so as well. Big Up Sis for all your contributions to the King's Music, and for your witness and guardianship of our beloved faith...bless...swami
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
October 27, 2004 05:23PM
I live by example. I foster open dialog.
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
October 27, 2004 09:36PM
I have asked for some help or advice from this site. They have helped me with some information in the past. Maybe they can help again. It's worth a try.

[www.cemotap.org]

cemotap stands for: Committee To Eliminate Media Offensive To African People


sorry about the URL, I don't know how to do it.



Post Edited (10-27-04 14:51)

Awakening
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
October 27, 2004 10:22PM
More faya ??? yes Sister go through... I thought over it after the contact we had and those postings. Also now I have one more evidence to show... as much stupid as Rasta Rocket, as much disgusting as Christian Dior... Here comes the "Rasta Beer..."

[www.koreus.com]

The problem is not essentially placed on our own individual pride but on a common commercial representation...

The question we have to face is HOW CAN WE MANAGE IN OUR DIVERSITIES INSIDE A WIDE MOVEMENT, RASTA FOR WHAT CONCERN US, TO MAINTAIN AN ETHIC OF "OUR IMAGE" ? MOCKERY, TRUTH DEPRIVATION, CULTURAL REDUCTION OR EVEN NEGATION, CONFUSION, SPIRITUAL AND MENTAL ABUSES. HOW LONG AND HOW STOP IT ?

PS : BUDWISER no... BEER-WICKEDER ! CHRISTIAN DIOR no... PAGAN DIOR ! SEEN...
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
October 27, 2004 10:25PM
But the elevated exposure and integration into society can only spawn more interest and therefore money into the culture, the music and the island.

Is that bad?
i-mon
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
October 27, 2004 11:13PM
<<But the elevated exposure and integration into society can only spawn more interest and therefore money into the culture, the music and the island.
Is that bad?>>

How does a rich woman sporting a rasta colored handbag and spending her money with Dior help the culture? She only cares what Dior tells her until the next fad comes along.
That's like saying the whole "poncho" movement which I see women on every corner wearing right now will help Mexican culture and music. See what I mean?
The whole tenet and belief of rastafarianism is a return to natural living; less billboarding, less materialism...this will not help promote the culture and is in fact sacreligous to rastafarian beliefs.

I find it offensive. But, it's a free country and we are beholden to the almighty buck; the marketplace will decide, as it always does, and often to our detriment.
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
October 27, 2004 11:22PM
Since we are in a sea of "What If's", Say this rich woman buys the handbag for her daughter who meets and reasons with someone who knows the culture and enlightens her spcifically because she flashed the irie colors on her handbag. Then she tells her friends who all decide to buy tickets to SNWMF in 2005. They camp next to you and you make a new friend.
My point is that the Lord works in mysterious ways and what may seem like something materialistic may be just the thing that shows the next man the path to the light.
See what I mean?
i-mon
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
October 27, 2004 11:48PM
Like I said, if wearing a poncho somehow "enlightens" one to Mexican culture, then I'll buy your argument. But I don't see it, personally.
Is there some portion of Dior's profits that are going to the youths in Jamaica parishes, or the slums in V.I.?
Maybe a note on the site about the culture? No on both counts.
Have you looked at the site? www.christiandior.com
Its white women in sunglasses and bored expressions, in tiny bikinis. This is helping an overstanding of rasta culture? Ha ha ha. This is high-end rich women's clothing and an abomination of an idea, but again, its covered under the marketplace.
Look, I do understand what your point is...maybe if they had some info. on the culture at all on the site...but they don't...its just stealing and selling out a culture for money.
People's impression of Rastafarianism is very superficial as it is; dreadlocks and weed is all most people know. This isn't going to help change that impression.
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
October 28, 2004 03:16AM
Speaking from expereice, at the local high school i attend, wearing Red Gold and Green has become the hip thing. Never mind that these same people gave me **** for being Ras and listening to reggae from the time i was in 2nd grade up until babylon decided Sean Paul was the hip new thing. It especially makes me angry to see these people who suddenly think they know things going to the festivals and shooting off fireworks and using every man-made drug known to man. Then these same people have the nerve to call me a "wasta." So seeing Rastafari, or even reggae music, turned into some fashion thing for the snobby rich establishment really wear's on my patience. Thankfully i won't be in this school much longer, the school is basically filled with kids with too much time on their hands who think they are cool for getting rowdy at concerts and using coke, so i'm completley against that. Jah Bless.

Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
October 28, 2004 04:00AM
Greetings and Ras-pect all pro-active Rases and friends of RASTA!
We cannot be passive with Christian Dior Rasta Collection or any other company that thinks it's ok to mock Rasta!
As long JAH gives I breath in my Temple even if I am a lone Voice Speaking out against this total Dis to the Rastafari way of live I will fight.
If they did this to the Muslim - Catholics- Othrodox Russian- there would be mass protest-
The line has been crossed- We have the power, this is not back in the day where we were in a semi-coma and felt we had no power! WE do !


Here is a humble list of what each pro-active person can do.If you have any more Ideas spead the word! We have the power to change believe that!

1)Print up flyers with a line that states the following
(Companies that make Profits & a Mockery of RASTA's )-paste the Collection and or now the Beer Company with a address and or phone number and email.
And pass them out at concerts- cultural shops- Resturants- and please be polite when you are presenting this info-


(Say something like( I like to share info about so & so)

2) call or fax your local radio station and and again be polite and give out the info. NPR Radio- Pacifica Station-

3) send in a Media Release to the local news papers and follow up! Remember this is your Culture and spiritual life don't let anymore Hijacking of Rasta continue.

4) word of Mouth
Remember Rasta is International -it's not a fad - A shoe- Bra- Bikini -Beer- People were killed- shunned- and so on
U get The message!!


blessed
Kufunya
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
October 28, 2004 09:52AM
Greetings Sista... forward on... I started a topic on my own website which gathers Roots & Dub massives either french or english speaking. You, and all others are also welcome on my little forum to speak in addition to their contributions here.
In order to link up the forces I put a message in both languages with link to this forum. Hope we can expand the forces !!

__________copy of the message____________

posted >>> <[www.upfront.ch];
Greetings...

Since a while Rasta is taken by medias & publicists into a total use, misuse and abuse of its own message, content.... blood its disrespectful !
Depuis quelques temps Rasta est sujet d'un traitement ridiculisant dans les médias et la publicité. Le message est sali, le contenu est occulté... blood c du pur disrespect !

DIOR > Bikinis, Bras (soustifs en français !) et autres chapeaux en fourrure... abus total ! checkez sur leur site de merde !

> www.christiandior.com

BUDWISER > La bierre des rednecks a choisi de se foutre de la gueule de Rasta comme pas permis... BEERSICKER !

> [www.koreus.com]


If you want to take part in a movement of contest, protest and opposition to this ****... you can follow this talk here or reach in straigthly SISTER KUFUNYA (US based) who start on a reflexion process in order to see how to fight dem back. A topic is already growing on the SNWMF Board....

see> [www.snwmf.com]

Si tu veux prendre partie à un mouvement de contestation et d'opposition à cette merde... tu peux suivre cette discussion mais aussi joindre directement SISTER KUFUNYA qui lance une réflexion sur comment les combattre. Un sujet (en anglais !) est déjà en route sur le forum de SNWMF...

voir> [www.snwmf.com]

Obviously it would be interesting to start again this discussion here...
Clairement, il est aussi intéressant de commencer une discussion ici... surtout pour tous ceux qui ne parlent que français. Je vais essayer de vous mettre des copies des passages les plus importants de cette discussion qui bien évidemment suscite des réactions diverses.

Usually UPfront is not a contest tool but a promotion one... But, each one affirm demselves as much through what they are than by negating what they are not. In this case being vex... I take on the mission !
I don't wake up morning obsessed by that, but its clear that if thousands of Rastas and sympathizers manifest demselves in public we will surely go a little further.
Worst issue > nothing happens...
Best issue > those trademarks will be asked to justify their insulting communication. In this case, Rasses will have a expression opportunity to speak about this ****. A sort of right of answering !

Normalement, UPfront n'est pas un outil de contestation mais de promotion... seulement on s'affirme autant par ce qu'on est que ce qu'on est pas. Et là ya pas foto... moi je suis vex. Je me lève pas le matin obsédé par ça, mais il est clair que si des milliers de Rastas et aussi de sympathisants se manifestent et brulent sur la place publique ces marques, informent les gens ben on avancera surement d'un bout !
Au pire, rien n'arrivera et au mieux, les marques seront prises à parti pour leur communication insultante et peut-être même que les Ras auront une occasion d'exprimer au grand jour . En quelque sorte on a au moins un droit de réponse !!!
_________________
Jah guide and protect the I-dem continuously...
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
October 29, 2004 06:51PM
144,000
EmpressLove
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
October 31, 2004 08:05AM
Kufunya.. Queen..
good to see you speaking up for the whole family. what is the address you sent your e mail to? i would like to send one also..

Empress Lindsay love
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
October 31, 2004 03:00PM
Greetings Board
yes Kufunya I agree with you and the board all of you have the right ideas,,
The selling of a culture/religon is wrong in Jah's eyes, but we do live in a messed up world based of the almighty dollar till this changes we have to use babylons tools to stop any evil that they do or try to do.
You all are correct and here is another way to get the message out!
Here's what you do,,,
Gather up 7-20 people - find you nearest Dior store - make signs and protest -- BUT FIRST call you local TV stations to have them come out for a live remote shot so every one in you community can see and understand what we are protesting about and why it is wrong. TV stations love this kind of protest and they will talk to someone about your protest just make sure you have a understandable voice and you are on Time as TV is on a tight schedule noon news or the 5:00 news then go home after the TV shot just hang out for an hour or two.
Peace
Allan
Vote---- Tuesday in the US for the right choice that helps our/your cause National and Local. If you don't vote don't talk smack!!!
PS if you need help in setting up a protest or contacting TV or Radio e-mail me as I would love to help ya'll
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
October 31, 2004 08:17PM
Greetings Family!
I am gald to know that ones can see that we have the power to stop this mess of Mocking Rasta! Remember I & I hold the $$$$ as well and can do things. The almighty dollar is powerless without human energy in front of it!

A note to Empress Love
Greetings and respect to you Empress Love, I would like to make a small correction in reference to me speaking up for the whole Rasta Family- This is an issue that one person alone can't do- it's about unity- and overstanding that the entire Family must take up. Second, I find it important to get the word out about this Mockery of I & I Faith. I am a woman-mother-souljah among others things and I don't wish the world to get the wrong message about Rasta Faith via a Fashion Rasta Collection that depicts Rasta in a sexual manner and offers no info about our FAITH! in the time of Revelation Time Now.

Blessed Empresslove
**********
For African Mix: please share the info about getting the Local TV station to come out to cover the protest when folks are ready prayfully soon- and give more thanks for support and overstanding.


Blessed Be Thy Name
Jah Rastafari Selassie I - side by side with Queen Omega Empress Menen

Kufunya

Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
November 02, 2004 12:27AM
Confused. I thought Rasta could not be bought nor sold? If this is so then what are people worrying about. How can man sell what cannot be sold? Another question, why doesn't someone tell many of the preformers this? I see selling of all things "rasta" constantly. Selasie I on one man's shirt, CD's in anothers boom box. Red Gold and Green banners at I Man concert. This very website exists because of the buying and selling of goods that incorporate Selasie I culture. Fear not, Give to Ceasar what is Ceasars and to Jah what is Jah's.
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
November 02, 2004 07:35PM
Ninjacat wrote
Confused. I thought Rasta could not be bought nor sold? If this is so then what are people worrying about. How can man sell what cannot be sold? Another question, why doesn't someone tell many of the preformers this? I see selling of all things "rasta" constantly. Selasie I on one man's shirt, CD's in anothers boom box. Red Gold and Green banners at I Man concert. This very website exists because of the buying and selling of goods that incorporate Selasie I culture. Fear not, Give to Ceasar what is Ceasars and to Jah what is Jah's.



Greetings and Much Respect!
Yes you are confused just go and take a look how Christian Doir is depicting Rasta in a sexual way then come let us reason.www.christiandoir.com
You say you see Red Gold and Geen selling at concerts yes this is true -
BUT the big difference is it is done in a respectful way and most of the persons are Rasta and or have a fullness and respect of the Rasta Faith.
What does Christian Doir know about Rastafari?????


Blessed
kufunya
Christian Dior Addresses & Contact numbers
November 02, 2004 07:58PM
Ok Family here is the Christian Dior contact info to send letters & flood the phones lines.

blessed
kufunya

1 800 929 DIOR

Aspen
The Brand Building
201 South Galena Street

Beverly Hills
309 North Rodeo Drive

Boston
100 Huntington Avenue

Costa Mesa
South Coast Plaza
3333 Bristol Street

Dallas
42 Highland Park Village

Bal Harbour
9700 Collins Avenue

Honolulu
Ala Moana Center
1450 Ala Moana Boulevard


DFS Galleria
330 Royal Hawaiian Avenue

Las Vegas
Bellagio
3600 Las Vegas Boulevard South

Caesar's Forum
3500 Las Vegas Boulevard

Manhasset
Americana - 2110 D Northern Boulevard

New York
21 East 57th Street

Palm Beach
202 Worth Avenue

San Francisco
216 Stockton Street
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
November 02, 2004 08:59PM
I see......This is peculiar......I have changed my stance I see this clearly.
SisAJoI
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
November 03, 2004 01:34AM
Bless Empress Kufunya-
I give thanks for the I fyah regarding this shameful works by Christina Dior- I remember reasoning with the I about this recently. So good to see the I take it to a next level.
Can't cool nor quench------
Raspects Haile,
Sis April
PS- greetings Empress Love!smiling smiley Hope to see all the sis trodding forward for midnite come feb
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
November 03, 2004 05:32PM
However I do not concede that the selling of the colors and the images of Selasie is acceptable. Not to mention "There shall be no graven images made". The Red Gold and Green banners will pot leaves on them are not repectful. I can just see Selsasie I coming through and mashing out the money changers and the sellers of the culture, just as he did in the days of old in the temple to the money changers. The selling ofthe hola herb is a major problem. It also seems to logically follow that non-Rasta who smoke the herb are the equivelent to non christians who drink wine in excess and claim it has something to do with comunion. I DO THINK THAT THE CHRISTIAN DIOR stance is disrespectful. This is far fromt he most serious threats to I and I culture. In my opinion Judgement is the number 1 threat to I and I culture. Talk of Heathen and Shethen for anyone who lives outside the culture is a major problem. I say this here not to slam the culture, rather in expectation that the culture can and will become a greater force free of a lot of mistakes that have for centuries plauged the Church and the Synagouge (sp). The Truth is that Selasie I is Iternal and no temporal clothing company has any say in that matter so them nah worry we.
positive_vibes
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
November 04, 2004 03:52AM
i was just wondering if anyone has had any response from christian dior about the matter yet? just wondered if your calls and letters have been responded to .
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
November 04, 2004 04:06PM
They emailed me and said they were very sorry to disRASpect the culture and they are going to suspend their spring Rastaware line. They add a PS that said "See you at SNWMF 05! Rastafari!"
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
November 05, 2004 07:19PM
Money fi bun - If your post is for real please post a copy of the letter for all to see of the Christian Dior saying that they are sorry for disrespecting the Rastafari Faith.
jbwelda
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
November 05, 2004 07:24PM
im sure its not for real just like im sure christian dior couldnt give a toss about any of this.


one love
jah bill
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
November 05, 2004 09:18PM
Oh, I am going to restrain myself from posting the "letter"
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
November 05, 2004 09:51PM
money fi bun is also not for real. just a pigment of the boards imagination.
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
November 06, 2004 07:20PM
Greetings I am not concerned if Christian Doir cares- It is not for him so
It is our business- Rasta business to inform them of this Mockery for it offends I
By mere fact it is called RASTA COLLECTION! Are you asleep!
How dare them Mock RASTA! is this way ok
Look if you feel no way about the SEXUAL way that Christian Dior is displaying RASTA to the world in this time good for you, I know where you stand.
But I as a Rastafari have a serious problem with it! Good!
I will voice it until JAH tell I to stop.

Blessed
Kufunya
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
November 08, 2004 05:13PM
Kufunya,
Here is the address and phone number of the president and vice president of Christian Dior Worldwide in Paris. Throw some seriuos fya sister!!
Respect, MK

Bernard Arnault, president
Eric Guerlain, vice-pres.
Christian Dior Couture
11 bis rue François 1er
75008 PARIS
France
Tél.: 01 40 73 54 44
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
November 08, 2004 09:39PM
Ok family we now have some info Give thanks to MK! Your the best-
So family we can now print our message board feelings and mail them directly to Christian Dior HQ
Mike please if you will print some flyers with the Rasta collection info and pass them out at some of your up and coming events and if you cannot can you please announce it and have some info. I would be very grateful.
Nuff Respect Mike!! Everytime!!


blessed
Kufunya
jbwelda
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
November 08, 2004 10:11PM
maybe you can get CD to sponsor this...there is no such thing as bad publicity for an international corporation like them.

be careful what you ask for; you just might get it.

oh and by the way kufunya, you dont "know where...(I)...stand", not at all.

one love
jah bill
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
November 09, 2004 05:07AM
Family Keep up the great works of the Most High JAH by voicing your concerns of the infamous Rasta Collection via fashion.

blessed
Kufunya

Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
November 11, 2004 04:07PM
Greetings Family!
This is a friendly reminder to send your letters of concern to Christian Dior Rasta Collection!

Blessed
Kufunya
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
July 19, 2005 05:19PM
Oh hell, it just clothing its doesn't give an evil message about the culture.
You all are going to battle over high priced clothing with a certain desighn...get a life please.

Bye
Precious
AMERICA
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
July 19, 2005 06:34PM
exploitation
is different than expression

who can really afford Christian Dior wear.. and whats up with the skimpy red, green and gold thongs?

If they tried to make Yamacha's (the little hats the male Jews wear) a fashion statement and start charging 100.00 for special ones with GOD written on it, you had better believe there would be a uproar

blessed



&quot;It takes a whole village to raise a child&quot; African Proverb
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
July 19, 2005 08:13PM
i dont believe hemp has anything to do with religion or faith

and many performers are exploiting Jah for a profit

the difference i see in vendors selling shirts for 20.00 is that most people can afford one..

it is a hard line to draw

blessed



&quot;It takes a whole village to raise a child&quot; African Proverb
Jahsprey
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
July 19, 2005 08:14PM
Speak with your wallet. Don't follow fashion. This line of clothing will pass on, overtaken by the "fall" collection, or "winter" line. You'll find this stuff in Goodwill next year for $1.99. Wear it then, for cheap, after the old ladies and young fashionistas have moved onto the next sweatshop sweatshirt/moonboot/sheepskin vest fad that comes along.

Red gold and green are just colors of the rainbow and are on the flags of many nations. Rasta does not own these colors. Nature does.

Rastafari is not about hair, or clothes, or stances. It's like all religions, a construct of the human mind to give solace and meaning to those who wish to have faith in an unstable, sometimes injust world.

One love.

Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
July 19, 2005 08:34PM
This one is of many things that a long dark history of a lack of knowledge that still have many people in darkness. A boycott should be in order against this assault on the religon of Rastafari.
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
July 19, 2005 08:39PM
There is no need for a conscious boycott cause I wouldn't buy any of that crap anyway. And in my opinion, it is hardly an "assault". An insult maybe, but not an assault. What harm can they possibly do to a faithful RAS?
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
July 19, 2005 08:42PM
JAHSPREY STATES THAT:" Rastafari is not about hair, or clothes, or stances. It's like all religions, a construct of the human mind to give solace and meaning to those who wish to have faith in an unstable, sometimes injust world."


Crucial words Idren. I am with you.
Seko
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
July 19, 2005 08:50PM
They will hear!
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
July 19, 2005 08:54PM
many are called
few are chosen

blessed



&quot;It takes a whole village to raise a child&quot; African Proverb
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
July 19, 2005 09:51PM
wow worry abou the assault n the Sundan not some perfume company and some hand bags.
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
July 19, 2005 10:03PM
To wear to your next reggae festival:


which one is Acacia and which one is Empress? Sorry sometimes I just can't tell you two apart...

jb welda
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
July 19, 2005 10:22PM
yeah thats what i was hoping for: some photos so we could judge for ourselves the depth of the problem. keep em coming.

one love
jah bill
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
July 20, 2005 12:40AM
Those are hideous! My god the color, the size, the shape. The boots and handbags are ugly as well. If your gonna market ugly burlap with a colorful stripe, and exploit a religion, who better that "Christian" Dior! At least Gwen's stuff looks half way decent.



Post Edited (07-19-05 17:41)

~HIGHEST HEIGHTZ EVERY TIME~
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
July 20, 2005 02:09AM
If anyone thinks that's attactive I've got a toothpick with fake balsa breasts and some fur on top that I'm pimpin for $100 an hour. Form a line party people form a line!!!!!!!!!!!



fourtwentyplenty



Post Edited (07-19-05 21:15)

fourtwentyplenty
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
July 20, 2005 04:01AM
pics are worth a thousand words



&quot;It takes a whole village to raise a child&quot; African Proverb
Jahsprey
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
July 20, 2005 05:00AM
No tattoos, no piercing, shaggy locks ...must be...dreadful.
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
July 20, 2005 05:18AM
All I can say is Red Beans and Rice; intravenously and quickly. mmm mmm mmm.
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
July 24, 2005 03:33AM
You know why they ain't smilin? .............They're freakin hungry !!! that's why!



~HIGHEST HEIGHTZ EVERY TIME~
baldhed
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
April 24, 2006 08:28AM
seems all that rastas do is complain about things that are un-ras... at least Dior's products don't say "F*ck Selassie!" on them. Rasses do not control the colours red,gold & green.
If the collection wasnt called the "rasta" collection, you wouldnt be able to complain about anything. i see enough hippies wearin selassie t-shirts. same thing..
Indigo
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
April 24, 2006 10:28PM
first of all baldehd..the colors do mean something very important to RAStas!! Maybe you should ask a true RASta and see what he tells ya! And secondly, while the exploitation of the colors from the company is upsetting, its been goin on for years, all kinda companies do it, since the eighties when surf companies have been using it for biards and all kinda other things...I was gonna write in myself and ask, why do they chooose to use the colors, and say everything is Irie, etc...Is someone running these CORPORATIONS of BABYLON Rastas?? I highly doubt it!!
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
May 20, 2006 01:21PM
Hi there everyone. I read almost half of the thread and I got here originally from Google's search "Bob Marley's shoe critics" results. Me, I'm from Puerto Rico and the Rasta culture is growing here and you can feel it growing from real humbleness and good people, not to mention lots of great roots band that spread the message in harmony between this growing jungle of concrete and infected sea of shark alike politicians. Me, I'm not rasta (I do believe) but still I need to straight some things inside myself and then see where is the real me to make choices. Concious choices. From my point of view, the first time I saw Bob Marley's shoes on a massive Bill Board on my hometown of Mayaguez (not the capital), something inside my heart told me it was wrong... I don't mean disrespect to the Marley family but the image of one of Jah's favorite sons shoudn't be depicted this way.... He means lots more to people all around the world and we (ALL) should respect that. He means faith, humbleness, struggle, unity, peace, love and so much more... and now, any "baldhead" can step on his name.. his and his family name... their name. Another thing, I saw an article last week on "Family Man" Garret loosing his right to receive money form Bob Marley's music and it shocked me how come this guy (being good or bad guy cause the web is dubious about his posture on Bob Marley's music) but who was essential to the blessed music we hear today, can't receive more money for neverending selling records - a great mine of gold? I mean, I know everybody thinks he is the "never pleased musician who wants more and more from Bob Marley Legacy" but if you study well, the Marley family is doing exactly that when they put the shoes on sale.... if you ask me, in my ignorance of information right from the marley Family, everybody want to rip the Lion's image... bless you all. Just trying to defend my beliefs.



In silence I learn... everyday I learn.
Re: Rasta Collection Christian Dior open Letter
May 20, 2006 02:07PM
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one love one peace
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