July 14, 2010

Somewhere A Tobacco Executive Has Just Given Up

From The New York Times: Philip Morris Said to Benefit from Child Labor
MOSCOW — One woman said children as young as 10 working in the fields developed red rashes on their stomachs and necks as they harvested tobacco for use in cigarettes made by Philip Morris. . . .

Human Rights Watch, the group best known for documenting governmental abuse and war crimes, plans to release a report on Wednesday showing that child and forced labor is widespread on farms that supply a cigarette factory owned by Philip Morris International in Kazakhstan, in Central Asia.
Good grief. If there's one thing Philip Morris needed less than another example of how completely fucking evil they are from filter to tip, it's an example of that provided by an organisation that normally goes after dictatorships.

Still, I'm sure their P.R. guy can dispel any whiff of monstrousness and corruption.
Mr. Nixon, the Philip Morris spokesman . . .
Oh, FFS.
Mr. Nixon said Philip Morris would step up its efforts to eliminate child labor. The company, he said, was “appreciative” of Human Rights Watch for drawing the continuing abuse to its attention.
Ha! I bet they are. The thank you card is in the mail, boys!

A spokesperson for Kazakhstan, meanwhile, said something hilariously backwards about his wife.*

(*This joke courtesy of Sacha Baron Cohen.)

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The company, he said, was “appreciative” of Human Rights Watch for drawing the continuing abuse to its attention.

For a cigarette company, any legal method of generating publicity is good publicity. Plus, I think it enhances the "bad boy" reputation of their products.

Anyway, what's your beef with child labour? If you don't want Kazakh children to work, what do you think they're going to do all day? Get up to no good? Hang around the entrances of depanneurs? Take up smoking?

-Dye!

Andrew said...

I don't know... Couldn't they become figure skaters or something?

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