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"Brinco" Sneakers Are FNC Target Of The Day

Reported by Deborah - November 18, 2005

Judy Werthein artist, created the Brinco Sneakers for an exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Art in August 2005. Werthein wanted to draw attention to the difficulties endured by migrants crossing the desert to the U.S.. The sneakers include a compass, a map of the crossing area and a visible tag stating they were made in China to draw attention to the unfair labor practices there.

Now the artist is suddenly caught in a Foxian distortion accusing her of encouraging illegal immigration across our borders. The campaign started this AM on Fox & Friends and was repeated during Big Story where she was interviewed by John Gibson. 11/18/05

Werthein, who legally migrated here from Argentina, explained to Gibson that she was one of 23 artists who were commissioned to create poli projects for the exhibits in San Diego and Tijuana. Gibson did not reveal the name of the exhibition to viewers. The New York Daily News ran this story about the sneakers.

He tried throughout the interview to suggest that Werthein's intention was to encourage people to cross illegally because she has been handing them out to people planning to make the crossing. Werthein claimed that her intention was to draw attention to the problem. She added that since the crossings were going to happen anyway, she wanted to help the people who could not afford decent footwear for the hazardous journey.

The "Brinco"( jump) Sneakers are being sold in boutiques for $215, and this morning the F&F trio were discrediting her because she had them made in China suggesting that this was hypocritical. The perception was created that Werthein had secretly chosen to have the 1000 pairs made in China so she could make a profit.

comment :It's interesting to note that google lists 130 articles posted on 11/17 or 11/18. This one from the BBC gives some additional information.

John Gibson was polite but smug and patronizing during the interview with Werthein. He seemed incapable of understanding that the sneakers were a symbol of a social problem as well as a practical tool. He was just stuck on the idea that Werthein's sneakers were increasing migrations and that's why she designed them.

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