In recent months, the phrases “Black Lives Matter” and “Blue Lives Matter” have become increasingly prevalent as rallying cries in response to police shootings of African-Americans and shootings of police officers, respectively.
While the Ocean City Boardwalk is no stranger to custom T-shirts flaunting off-color humor, one local business has taken the effort to use these phrases for its causes.
The White Marlin Marina is selling shirts in promotion of billfish conservation adorned with the marlin flag, and reading simply “White Lives Matter” in promotion of white marlin and “Blue Lives Matter” in promotion of blue marlin.
Lamplugh, who works at the marina, said marlin conservation is an important topic with the fishing community near the beaches.
“We’re promoting people to use circle hooks, to bring them in safely and to release them back,” Lamplugh said. “Marlin conservation has been going on for 100 years, and it’s an important issue.”
Needless to say, the BLM folks are offended and suggest violence as a remedy.
Smith said making light of or mocking topical charged social issues, or using them for a cause not related to the issue, has the potential to cause problems.
“It’s just all around a bad idea,” Smith said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if someone wearing these shirts got punched in the face.”