This website is leading the charge to boycott Whole Foods. Why a boycott? Is Whole Foods supporting child labor in its choice of suppliers, or bolstering nations that practice apartheid? Well, no. Does Whole Foods mistreat or exploit its employees, or mistreat and mislead its customers? No again; in fact, this is a corporation whose business practices are exemplary. People are organizing a boycott of Whole Foods stores because its outspoken CEO, John Mackey, had the audacity to express his opinion (in a Wall Street Journal Op-Ed) that the Obama’s administration’s approach to health care reform is not the best option for the country.
This website made the rounds in the wake of Congressman Peter Kings YouTube diatribe against Michael Jackson, when he called him a pervert. Kings words were ugly, tasteless, ill-timed, ignorant and unfair, but mild compared to the site, which is all of these and more. Its thesis is that being a Republican is prima facie evidence of perversion, and its audience is anyone whose critical thinking skills are minimal and whose hatred is strong.
While Manny Ramirez was serving his 50-game suspension for testing positive for drugs, a blogger named Jason Rosenberg decided that it would be funny if Ramirez was voted on to baseballs All-Star team.
peoplesdirt.com, thedirty.com, and others
I suppose determining that websites with dirty in the URL are unethical doesnt exactly require Sherlock Holmes. These websites, sadly, are only examples of a whole genre of sites designed to be virtual public bathroom walls, where users can scrawl rumors, insults, and vile libel about others anonymously. They are full of lies and slurs, motivated by the worst of human inclinations: jealousy, vengeance, anger, hatred, or just plain meanness.
Unlike most of the Scoreboard’s
Unethical Website designees, the exact ethical offense of myfreeimplants.com
is difficult to define. The site is not illegal. It actually facilitates
charity, though a particularly perverse form of charity. The site, on
rare occasions, may even help someone who is emotionally and psychologically
damaged to achieve new self-esteem.
How does one describe what is wrong with a website that makes it possible for men to buy breast implants for women they have never met, and then encourages them to drool over the results?
Nadya Suleman, the apparently unhinged birth-machine who found an ethical guidelines-distaining correspondence course fertility doctor to load her up with enough embryos to kill a normal woman (or dachshund)…the single mother who already had six children she couldn’t take care of or afford and wanted more and more…the freakishly fertile publicity hound (again, no pun intended) who is headed for ruin if she doesn’t land a despicable reality show, and probably even if she does… has a professionally designed website with adorable photos of her brood that has no other purpose than to beg for “donations of money or other items.”
Once again, the Scoreboard confronts the irony of PETA, the organization with “Ethical’ in its name that is nevertheless open to all sorts of tricks, scams, misrepresentations and other unfair tactics to accomplish its sole objective, to eliminate any differences between what we consider the ethical treatment of humans and the treatment of animals.
Unethical Sites from 2008
December 2008: Fake Profiles on MySpace and Facebook
November 2008: Joox
September 2008: JuicyCampus
August 2008: Redstate
July 2008: Facebook
May 2008: The Art of Cloaking
April 2008: "Fake" websites
March 2008: missbimbo
February 2008: BestFakeDoctorsNotes
Unethical Sites from 2007
Unethical Sites from 2006
Unethical Sites from 2005
2005 Unethical Website of the Year
Unethical Sites from 2004
2004 Unethical Website of the Year
(View all winners in The 2004 Ethics Score)