Sunday Times Books LIVE Community Sign up

Login to Sunday Times Books LIVE

Forgotten password?

Forgotten your password?

Enter your username or email address and we'll send you reset instructions

Sunday Times Books LIVE

Maya Fowler

@ Sunday Times Books LIVE

A human right? Say what?

My inbox, yesterday: a mailer from a well-known local shoe retailer, declaring (on the eve of Human Rights Day, of course) that it is my human right to own fabulous shoes. I nearly destroyed a perfectly beautiful iMac by hurling my coffee cup at the screen. Good grief. I’m a fan of said retailer (well, I used to be, until they Marie-Antoinetted themselves out of my address book) and of shoes, certainly, it cannot be denied. But a human right? I don’t know that I’ve felt that offended all year. I really don’t think I have to put too fine a point on this. Except possibly to remind anybody who needs reminding that the reason we celebrate Human Rights Day on 21 March in this country, is that on this day in 1960, 69 people died at the hands of the then South African Police Force in Sharpeville, Transvaal (now Gauteng). Shoes had sweet blow-all to do with it then, and they have sweet blow-all to do with it now. Although I do wonder whether Julius Malema might not agree with the shoe peddlers who shall remain nameless. Because I did notice him sporting a lovely pair of Louis Vuitton loafers on his Carte Blanche interview of the other day. Let them eat cake.

 

Recent comments:

  • Ben - Editor
    Ben - Editor
    March 22nd, 2012 @07:44 #
     
    Top

    Do they have to remain nameless?

    Bottom
  • <a href="http://mayafowler.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Maya</a>
    Maya
    March 22nd, 2012 @11:08 #
     
    Top

    Probably not ... They have big stores at the Waterfront and Canal Walk. It's a four-letter word. And you'd find them at the back of the phone book. If you still don't know, it rhymes with ka-boom!

    Bottom
  • <a href="http://helenmoffett.book.co.za" rel="nofollow">Helen</a>
    Helen
    March 23rd, 2012 @17:00 #
     
    Top

    Four-letter word sounds about right.

    Bottom

Please register or log in to comment

» View comments as a forum thread and add tags in BOOK Chat