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I Declare War Declare War on the Memory of Chris Farley (NSFW)

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I Declare War are no strangers to controversial merch designs — so, surely, they must have seen the brouhaha over their latest t-shirt coming a mile away (and they may have even been deliberately courting it):

I Declare War Chris FarleyThe dead body on the shirt, in case you don’t recognize it, is comedian Chris Farley, who died at age thirty-three from an accidental drug overdose. That was almost twenty years ago, but I guess it’s still “too soon” for fans, if the comments left on IDW’s Facebook page are any indication:Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 3.11.43 PM Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 3.11.34 PM Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 3.11.12 PM Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 3.10.58 PM Screen Shot 2014-07-16 at 3.10.35 PM

And that’s just a sampling; there are plenty of more angry and offended comments on the page.

Personally, even though I was a Chris Farley fan, I don’t find the shirt offensive… but then, my sense of humor is bleak, and I come for the “everything is okay to joke about or nothing is” school of thought. I do wonder, however, if this band is capable of attracting attention without releasing provocative merch designs.

Weigh in with your thoughts in the comments section below.

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