Robert Crumb is an American institution, whether he likes it or not. He is a counter-culture weirdo who’s expertise in capturing the neurotic, fringe elements of society is genius. What mainstream members of society tend to sweep under, he elucidates.
And, he’s known for his girls. Big girls. Big Legs. Big butts. Shorts and skirts that barely cover them . So, it was kind of a laugh-out-loud moment when we saw this image of a woman standing at a Walmart check-out counter. The picture is from a Youtube video called “People of Walmart” by musician/humorist Jessica Frech. Check out the video below. It’s a riot. We laughed until we cried. And then we cried a lot more.
Cultural note for our non-American readers:
In our country, whether fair or not, Walmart is considered a bit of a blight. The upshot to having a Walmart in your area is that you and your fellow consumers generally get lower prices but the quality and functionality of the products is on the lower end. The corporation is a very aggressive business and is not popular with local businesses (obviously) because it crowds out competition. The employee situation is a mixed bag. Because wages are generally so low in retail (and that is also true for Walmart), the type of employee Walmart attracts is often one that cannot or will not invest in progressive career paths. The genius of Walmart is that it is a very systematically driven product delivery organization, so the employees needed to fill the dumbed-down positions don’t have to be the sharpest tools in the shed. Inexpensive labor, excellent (tyrannical) vendor negotiation policies, and a large client base that is made up of people similar to or are employees makes creates a magnet for the rough portions of our society or those of us that are budget-minded (cheap!) and will to sell our dignity. Having been in many of your countries, I know you all have your own “Walmarts” and “People of Walmart.” That’s especially true in Russia, Spain, and Mexico. In Russia we call Walmart, “Karusel.” In Spain we call Walmart, “El Corte Inglés.” In Mexico, we call Walmart …, actually “Walmart.” Right? OK, now we’re just being incendiary.