The world is truly a Hellscape of epic proportions. Why do I say this? Take the Ooshie craze. What the hell is an Ooshie? I still don’t really understand. It’s a small, soft toy? From a super market? And this particular one is really rare so that makes it valuable?
Anyway, these two farmers found one, and so they tried to cash in on it but that didn’t work, so then they tried to trade it for actual water to save their actual farm, and that didn’t work. So they cut that shit up on TV in live protest.
10Daily reports that Australia’s Ooshie madness has taken things to a whole new level and now people are ceremonially cutting them up on live TV in protest. Okay just one.
Woolworths supermarket has these Ooshies, which are soft little toys and these particular ones are The Lion King brand or whatever. So they made only 100 of these little furry Simba things. This makes them valuable. One person tried to sell one for $100,000 but ended up settling on a still-highly-over-priced $7,500. The seller also said they received death threats and relentless abuse during the sale. Over a toy. Remember Beanie Babies? Jesus Christ–Beanie Babies in 2019 would be a goddamn massacre.
So this farmer, Stephen, and his wife, Melissa, found that the toy she got from Woolworths had the little stamp of “001” which meant it was one of the 100 rare Ooshies. She first tried selling it for $5,000 but got a lot of abuse and criticism for the steep price. She said:
“People were just disgusted. The abuse started. Just hate and suicidal threats and some really awful things were said.”
So instead of being what people thought was greedy, Melissa decided to use the toy for good. She and Stephen run a farm and they needed some irrigation water because it was actually dying. Stephen said this request was about “getting the message out there, getting heard, that water is such an issue.”
Melissa got some 4000 messages and offers to sell the Ooshie. People offered between 20 cents and $25,000 for it, but there was only one legitimate offer of water and of course a bunch of wack joke bids.
So listen, this is where the story gets crazy… crazier. Stephen and Melissa did an eight-minute-long interview with The Today Show (not the American one) and shit got real at the end of it. After talking about how disappointing the whole Ooshie situation was, Stephen pulled out the Ooshie in question as well as a pair of scissors. He then said:
“This stuff may have pushed one of us over the edge… What is a life worth? Is it worth what money? Is it worth this? It’s not. So for the people that bullied us, and they want to buy this thing because they want it, this is what I say to them–it’s done. You can’t buy it.”
Then he cut it up:
When Melissa and Stephen realised they had a 'one of a kind' Lion King Woolworths Ooshie they advertised it for sale in exchange for much-needed water. However, after relentless abuse, Stephen destroyed the valuable Ooshie LIVE on air in protest of online trolls. #9Today pic.twitter.com/jVFkZ4XyTT
— The Today Show (@TheTodayShow) August 1, 2019
“The world’s got to stop this stuff. People get hurt,” said Stephen. Apparently Stephen told people he was going to destroy the toy if people didn’t stop bullying his wife and they kept it up so… There you go. I mean, what did I say about the Beanie Babies? I can just picture someone cutting a Princess Bear’s head off and setting it on fire on TV in protest now. But Stephen and Melissa should probably expect more crazy comments coming their way. Remember when that chick destroyed the Birkin bag? It was a scene.