Few know how the tradition of Black Friday in the United States came to be, but that doesn’t stop people from flocking to stores the morning after Thanksgiving to purchase goods at a discounted prices. Reportedly, Black Friday began in the 1950’s when the city of Philadelphia used the term to describe the chaos that ensued the day after Thanksgiving. To manage the large hordes of suburban shoppers and tourists that flooded into the city in advance of the big Army-Navy football game, cops in the area wouldn’t be allowed to take the day off. Because police officers were required to work long shifts to deal with the large crowds, shoplifters took advantage of the chaos to take off with merchandise, adding to the law enforcement workers’ headaches. Though other stories exist about the ‘holiday’s’ origin, this is thought to be the most accurate.
Intriguingly, the cultural tradition has morphed into a curious rite in which consumers – after eating more than their fill at a Thanksgiving feast – quibble and fight over material goods. Sometimes, people die as they attempt to claim a limited number of items on sale.
To draw attention to the barbaric way people have begun treating each other on the special day, Russell Brand recently shared his thoughts on the topic. In the video below, Brand explains how the tradition of Black Friday is nothing more than an excuse for the populace to indulge in mindless consumerism, and warns about the implications of such behavior. In addition, he argues that the ‘holiday’ turns the populace into “a pack of idiots squabbling over television sets”. The video, entitled “Black Friday: Christmas for Satan?” is thought-provoking, to say the least.
Watch the video below:
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