Thanksgiving gets feasting, but the day after Thanksgiving has long been associated with another tradition: lining up and mauling fellow shoppers to get a discounted Shiny New Thing of the Year, or as many SNTotYs as one can grab without being stabbed in the face.
This painting by 16th century Dutch painter Cornelis van Haarlem, “Massacre of the Innocents,” is actually really horrific. But because I am a terrible person, this vignette made me decide Black Friday was the time to bring it out here.
These ladies are ready to do ANYTHING for a great deal. I assume they are scratching that man’s eyes out for a terrific new flower-print tunic.
Overlooking the overwhelmingly horrendous slaughter and the extremely prominent male buttocks displayed at the front of the painting, the other bit that caught my eye was this group:
That nude man has possibly the most unlikely “about to murder someone” pose that I have ever seen. It is a pose that says, “Excuse me, miss, I have something I think you’d like to see.” And behind the main group there is a lady that appears to be performing the YMCA dance. So at least someone is having a bit of fun in all this.