AIBU to object to this brand name - particularly given the nature of the product?

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badtastename Mon 30-May-16 22:01:41

Hi all,

I have name-changed for this as I am corresponding with companies and don't want them to identify me but I'm regular reader and occasional poster.

I think this brand has been around for a while, but I have just noticed it for the first time and it made me do a double take.

It is a shaving brand for men making, amongst other things, open blade/ cut throat razors... called (very questionably IMHO) 'Bluebeard's Revenge' shock Yes, he of the serial wife murdering fairytale fame (the character isn't a priate even though they may think he is/ try to pass him off as such - their labels carry a skull and crossbones - Blackbeard was a pirate).

I mean, what?! Razors named after not just a serial wife murderer, but after his revenge? I just don't like it at all and my husband doesn't either.

The story gave me chills as a child reading it in Grimm's fairytales and I just don't know what I would think if I saw a razor with that name on it in someone's bathroom - it is a strange character to identify with I think and more than a little questionable if you think about it for more than a second.

Knowing that domestic abuse is still sadly an issue for so many men and women, with often very violent and sad outcomes, I just can't find this brand name funny or acceptable.

So, AIBU in hating this name and wanting this brand to change it to something less offensive?

PaulAnkaTheDog Mon 30-May-16 22:03:23

Oh for fucks sake! Yes yabu!

peppercold Mon 30-May-16 22:06:14

Is there anything people don't get offended by?? Jesus I must be shallow.

Moreisnnogedag Mon 30-May-16 22:08:52

Meh. Not bothered really.

badtastename Mon 30-May-16 22:10:34

But of all the things to call it - why after that character? Why on earth would you choose that association? Bluebeard is known for nothing else other than murdering his wives...

ThatStewie Mon 30-May-16 22:11:26

It bothers me

EatShitDerek Mon 30-May-16 22:12:30

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SouthWesterlyWinds Mon 30-May-16 22:14:44

YABU - Bluebeard strangled his wives. Nowt to to with razor blades.

MiscellaneousAssortment Mon 30-May-16 22:14:55

I wonder if they meant Blackbeard and lazily got the wrong anti-hero all the way through to market?

NeedACleverNN Mon 30-May-16 22:15:13

Hah I love that name!

I want to buy some

Yes yabu! He wasn't even a real person

BranTriLlygaid Mon 30-May-16 22:15:32

Gosh, I wish I had the time and energy in life to be bothered by such trivial things. Are you also bothered by Wonka chocolate bars, considering the fictional man did some pretty messed up things to naughty children? Yabu, by the way.

badtastename Mon 30-May-16 22:17:21

apparently the products are for 'Real Men' and they wonder if their customers are 'Man Enough' to use them confused sad

EatShitDerek Mon 30-May-16 22:18:50

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EatShitDerek Mon 30-May-16 22:20:45

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BranTriLlygaid Mon 30-May-16 22:24:23

Oh no! It's just for men, and there was me looking for a nice new wife-strangling razor to sort out my manly woman-beard with. Sad face sad. It's just like that time I couldn't eat Yorkie bars anymore (I did in secret, until I had an urge to man a barbecue and do half arsed DIY, dangerous stuff!).

MitzyLeFrouf Mon 30-May-16 22:24:37

I've checked my outrage reserves and I'm afraid there's none available for this.

cariadlet Mon 30-May-16 22:26:02

I'd never heard of this brand before. YNBU - it's a horrible brand name. I wonder what on earth was going through the mind of whatever idiot came up with that name.

NeedACleverNN Mon 30-May-16 22:26:49

That is brilliant derek

All soaps should do that

badtastename Mon 30-May-16 22:27:04

I expected these comments from some familiar posters - I'd be interested to hear from others and am sure there'll be many yet to comment who dislike it as I do.

Maybe you have to have known violence from a man (or woman) or known it happen to people close to you, to realise the significance or give a shit - or just have open eyes and some empathy.

Yes, Miscellaneous - I wondered if there had been a mix up too. I'd hope so.

EatShitDerek Mon 30-May-16 22:28:59

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Bringmewineandcake Mon 30-May-16 22:30:00

Am loving some of the replies on here grin
Sorry OP, doesn't bother me in the slightest.

WorraLiberty Mon 30-May-16 22:30:32

I completely understand why you name changed to post about this outrageous product.

steppemum Mon 30-May-16 22:31:44

I cannot get upset about this. I don;t even really make any connection. To me it sounds like a bad pirate, I take it at face value.

Really really not worth time and energy on.

badtastename Mon 30-May-16 22:31:57

EatShitDerek why on earth would you want to see a cut throat razor that identifies with male violence against women?

TheCladdagh Mon 30-May-16 22:32:16

The thing that strikes me is that this product was arrived at by a culturally illiterate branding team.

Bluebeard is a French folk tale about a serial wife killer who is finally killed by the brothers of his last wife (or in Angela Carter's cool re-version, by her badass mother arriving on horseback). He doesn't get any 'revenge', unless we're supposed to see him murdering several wives and hiding their bloody corpses in a locked room in his house as revenge for some insult to his masculinity. The story never gives us a motive, only that he keeps forbidding the latest wife to go into a locked room where, surprise, the bodies of her predecessors are stashed.

But the image on the Bluebeard products is a skull and crossbones, suggesting the Jolly Roger or a poison warning. Did the branding people confuse Bluebeard with Blackbeard the 18thc English pirate? Or with Sweeney Todd, who would at least fit the 'revenge' bit, but surely no one wants to market a shaving balm that references a fictional killer barber???

And their grammar seems to partake of the general mess. No apostrophe.

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