Not Here To Make Friends
Thrown Under the Bus
It's not a nice shirt. But, then again, sometimes you don't want to be nice. This shirt is for those times.
The monkeys at ThinkGeek World Domination HQ are fans of public radio. Every time we hear them mention the "in-kind food donation" for the volunteers who answer the phones during the pledge drive we wonder if we should give a corporate gift. But volunteers with the jitters taking your personal information probably isn't reassuring. So we'll stick to the donations at the personal level for now.
We bring this up because two of the monkeys were listening to the same rebroadcast of This American Life (from WBEZ Chicago) a couple months back. In episode 389, entitled "Frenemies", Rich Juzwiak has a piece about how "I'm not here to make friends" has become the mantra of reality television show flunkies. He's put together two 3 minute montages, which you can see on his pop-culture blog fourfour. Basically every reality show that ever existed and (also some you didn't know existed) has this phrase in common. He argues that it's possibly the actors' attempt to reclaim their presentation and that, ironically, there's no "real-life" situation where this would apply. You're infrequently trapped with a bunch of other people, and, when you are, generally it's not to your advantage to declare to them that you don't plan to be nice to them.
See, this is where knowing our customer comes in. Because we think you would wear this shirt. Why? Because we would wear this shirt. Allow us to list some perfect opportunities for the debut of your "Not Here To Make Friends" shirt: the CEO's presentation introducing the new matrixed corporate structure, some off-site event where all the employees are supposed to hold hands and sing "Kumbayah," and, of course, those HR-mandated anger management classes. If they wouldn't be so stupid, you wouldn't have to get angry. Why don't they have to take smartness classes? *sigh* We feel your pain.
"Not here to make friends." in white on a black 100% cotton t-shirt.