I think someone took the old adage that there’s “no such thing as bad publicity” a little too far. I mean sure, we all know about Miracle Mattress now because of this… but would any of us actually buy from these fools?
But hardly surprising, most people under 25 will not recall the day with any great clarity and unless the meaning is thoroughly explained to them they will not understand it. The same issue is a problem with other major events like VE day and similar events where those who took part are mostly dead or very old. For the current generation it becomes merely a historical fact unless the issues concerned are explained. I find the behaviour of the individuals in those photos appallingly disrespectful and rude. When I visited the graves of the leaders who died whilst proclaiming my own nation’s independence there were a load of tourists making noise and drinking. There graves are next to what was an army barracks and the army maintains a honour guard that routinely patrols the area and the Irish Army Church is also a couple of hundred yards away. The officer in charge of the guard told to please show decorum and respect and they started arguing with him. His simply reply was.“Either respect our dead leave or I will have you removed.” I feel the same way about this as I remember watching 9/11 unfold on TV and watching people been forced to make atrocious choices such as jumping from buildings. It is not a place for a stag do or such events.