When first notified of the tragic incident while vacationing in New York City, Moore released a statement:
I am in absolute shock. I was out of the country traveling to meet my daughters for a birthday celebration when I got the devastating news. The loss of a child is an unthinkable tragedy and my heart goes out to this young man’s family and friends.
Moore didn't know the young man, but obviously the news was upsetting.
And what do we do when we're upset?
We shop, and we shop with all our hearts.
While tabloids today seemed determined to slam Demi Moore for indulging in luxury goods at a time of existential malaise, I say, Let us not rush to judgement.
Remember the term Retail Therapy?
Shopping is not only a natural response to crisis, it is the best possible source of solace. A guy drowned, and that calls for the big guns, i.e., Prada. Apparently Demi also sought comfort at Lanvin, and that is as it should be.
Let's review the accepted shopping venues for different levels of shock and devastation.
Death = Prada, Lanvin
Paralysis = Gucci
Amputation = Versace
Broken bones = Miu Miu
Car accident, non fatal = Alexander Wang
Romantic disappointment = Diane von Furstenberg
Lost cellphone = Marc by Marc Jacobs
Broken fingernail = J. Crew
I hope we can all show support to Demi Moore and her beautiful daughters in their hour of sorrow and consumer goods, and to respect their privacy during this sensitive time.
Even to this day, "Dark Tournament" remains the defining shonen "Tournament Arc."
Oftentimes, it's impossible to separate the quality of the anime we grew up watching from the sense of nostalgia those series evoke.
Case in point: Dragon Ball Z. Historically, DBZ is likely the most influential anime series of all time, both redefining the shonen genre for every series that came after it and introducing an entire generation of Western kids to Japanese animation through the legendary Funimation dub on Cartoon Network's Toonami block. Chances are high that if you meet someone who loves anime and grew up in the late '90s or early 2000s, they'll have a deeply personal bond with DBZ.
At the same time, it's hard to argue that DBZ holds up in the modern day, especially for new viewers coming in with fresh eyes. The pacing of the original series is super slow, the fights drag out forever, and while DBZ created so many of shonen's most prevalent tropes ("This isn't even my final form!"), almost everything DBZ ever did has since been done better by other series.
About a year after being accused of selling furniture to ICE detention centers, e-commerce site Wayfair is in another controversy.
Wayfair, the e-commerce website beloved by millennials on a budget who don't want their apartments to look just like IKEA showrooms, is no stranger to controversy.
Last summer, employees of the company organized a protest after allegations surfaced that Wayfair had sold $200,000 worth of furniture to border detention facilities. Now, Wayfair is being suspected of trafficking missing children in their furniture.