MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Vermont's mental health community is protesting one of Vermont Teddy Bear's products. The Valentine's Day-themed bear, called 'Crazy for You Bear,' comes in a straightjacket with commitment papers, and is meant to convey out-of-control love.

But the executive director of the Vermont chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill says the bear is 'a tasteless use of marketing that stigmatizes persons with mental illness.' Jerry Goessel has asked that the $70 bear be pulled from the market.

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Should the `Crazy for You` Valentine`s Day bear be taken off the market?
MONTPELIER, Vt. -- Vermont`s mental health community is protesting one of Vermont Teddy Bear`s products. The Valentine`s Day-themed bear, called `Crazy for You Bear,` comes in a straightjacket with commitment papers, and is meant to convey out-of-control love.

But the executive director of the Vermont chapter of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill says the bear is `a tasteless use of marketing that stigmatizes persons with mental illness.` Jerry Goessel has asked that the $70 bear be pulled from the market.

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17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 1/24/05 - 1:54:59 AM EST (GMT-5)
EKK!!! thats terrible! The really should
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 1/24/05 - 2:01:26 AM EST (GMT-5)
oh waaaahhhhh!! it's a stuffed animal..pc out of control again..
17 yrs ago, 4 mos ago - Monday 1/24/05 - 2:11:21 AM EST (GMT-5)
If someone gave that to me, I'd be scared.
Mostly because they spent $70 on a teddy bear.
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 1/26/05 - 3:07:57 AM EST (GMT-5)
No, I think it's hilarious.

I mean really...do they even put people in straight jackets anymore...?

17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Wednesday 1/26/05 - 5:44:35 AM EST (GMT-5)
No, it's quite funny. And yes, I would also be scared that they spent $70 on a bear, but grateful.
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Thursday 2/3/05 - 2:51:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Thursday 2/3/05 - 3:02:37 PM EST (GMT-5)
No, people are just too sensitive...
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Thursday 2/3/05 - 3:06:28 PM EST (GMT-5)
That is frikkin hilarious!

Agree with Leonard.

17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Thursday 2/3/05 - 3:21:01 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think the bear is stupid and not particularly funny, but I get tired of these special interest groups always taking offense to everything. It gets real old.
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Thursday 2/3/05 - 3:24:02 PM EST (GMT-5)
I think it's funny, but who would pay $70 for a bear anyways?
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Thursday 2/3/05 - 4:17:38 PM EST (GMT-5)
I want the electric "dying for you" chair bear!
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Thursday 2/3/05 - 4:19:16 PM EST (GMT-5)
Oh c'mon people. Lighten up.
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Thursday 2/17/05 - 2:10:22 PM EST (GMT-5)
When your mom gets 302ed (invlountarily committed) then talk to me about this. Do you know how hard it is to think about my mom in a straight jacket? It would be a cute idea if it hadn't happened to someone very close to me.
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Thursday 2/17/05 - 2:22:33 PM EST (GMT-5)
From someone who has been in a straight jacket personally: I think the bear is cute. I seriously doubt the intention of the makers was to ridicule the mentally ill. $70 does seem to be a bit much though...
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Thursday 2/17/05 - 7:04:26 PM EST (GMT-5)
It is kinda cute, kinky too!!
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Thursday 2/17/05 - 7:55:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
"electric chair bear" + "lighten up" = "electric chair bear lamp";
Now that would be an evil tasteless gift!
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Thursday 2/17/05 - 7:56:09 PM EST (GMT-5)
*/me needs a brain wash badly*
17 yrs ago, 3 mos ago - Thursday 2/17/05 - 7:56:59 PM EST (GMT-5)
How cute!
No! People are WAY too freaking sensitive!
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Friday 3/11/05 - 12:02:44 PM EST (GMT-5)
i think it is a bit distasteful! Im sorry. Its a old fashioned way of looking at people with mental health issues.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Friday 3/11/05 - 12:05:35 PM EST (GMT-5)
No. Stop being so sensitive, crazy people.
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Friday 3/11/05 - 12:08:00 PM EST (GMT-5)
awwwww, i think it's cute. i have a cousin that's crazy, literally, and it wouldn't bother him. that's the good part of being crazy, you don't give a crap. anyways, why is it that we always try someone to sue? can't we all just get along???
17 yrs ago, 2 mos ago - Friday 3/11/05 - 12:09:23 PM EST (GMT-5)
I like it, it looks like something I would give to someone...
Be scared.

But...I wouldn't really buy it because it's $70.

17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 3/26/05 - 11:10:42 PM EST (GMT-5)
Ugh it really is PC going crazy again. People really need to lighten up or just friggin IGNORE small things like this that might bother them. It wasn't poking fun at anything! Just making a play-on of words THATS ALL. Get over it.
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 3/26/05 - 11:12:14 PM EST (GMT-5)
Ha! no way, that would be restricting freedom of speech. perhaps more importantly, it would be very stupid.
17 yrs ago, 1 mos ago - Saturday 3/26/05 - 11:48:45 PM EST (GMT-5)
HAHAHAHA this is great!

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