One of our readers kindly passed along this flier outside Donna Karen’s NYC space/store, Urban Zen:
First, thank you, gracious reader. For, it is actions like this that make the world a better place.
Anyway, “Haiti in the Hamptons” is something (though I can’t really tell what) “honoring the women of artisans of the ‘Discover Haiti’ Exhibition.” Apparently it has something to do with “The Haiti Artisan Project,” which according to DKNY Clothing founder and yogini, Donna Karen:
“…is a way to help develop, market and present the work of Haitian artists to the Western world. The goal is to help create and support self-sustaining artisan communities within Haiti with the goal of teaching real skills and marketability and raising awareness of Haiti’s artisan products in the western world.”
Not only that, but to quote the East Hampton Patch:
“100 percent of all proceeds raised from craft sales will go back to the Haitian artisans who made them.”
Now, people with a much greater issue with rich whites helping poor browns who are poor due to the lifestyles that makes it possible for rich whites to help poor browns (ad infinitum) will have much more to say about this than any of us. We just think calling something “Haiti in the Hamptons” is AWESOME! This is especially true when you think about all those pesky Haitian statistics:
- Gross national income per capita is US$660, about half the total for Nicaragua, the second poorest country in the Americas
- 78% of Haitians are poor (less than US$2 a day), and more than half (54%) live in extreme poverty (less than US$1 a day).
- In rural areas, poverty and extreme poverty rates are estimated to be 84% and 69% respectively.
- Over two-thirds of the labor force do not have formal jobs.
- Life expectancy is 61 years.
- Half of children under 5 are malnourished.
- Over 7% of children die at birth.
- For every 100,000 births, 523 women died in Haiti, compared to eight maternal deaths for every 100,000 births in Europe.
- 80 out of 1,000 Haitian children never see their first birthday.
I mean, I guess I can picture Haiti in the Hamptons, so long as we’re talking about…
“Haiti on the Grounds of the Hamptons Mansion”
“Haiti in the Dining Room of the Hamptons Home”
“Haiti on the Lawn of a Hamptons Bocci Ball Match”
“Haiti on the Deck at a Hamptons Pool Party”
Although, my biggest issue with all this has to be having to swallow more of that same old all-things-artisanal-must-be-good steaming pile of BS.
I mean, some of us just call making stuff “making stuff,” because we all know that calling something “artisanal” is just a way to charge more for something you can do yourself if you weren’t such a lazy fuck.
Whatever. Here’s a video regarding “artisans of Haiti,” which, aside from being a nice move in projecting an image of Haiti that isn’t riddled with death and despair, still can’t get enough of the artisanal bandwagon. Pooh on artisans. Hooray for Haitians!