Todd Goldman

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Todd H. Goldman
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Florida
Known for Marketer

Todd Harris Goldman is an American entrepreneur[1] and the founder of David and Goliath, a merchandise company that produces clothing, posters and other merchandise featuring a variety of slogans based on older designs. According to the Wall Street Journal, the sales volume of David and Goliath was 90 million USD in 2004.[2] Goldman came under fire in 2004 and 2008 for controversial slogans, and in 2007 for plagiarism.

Early life[edit]

Goldman began painting in high school, and he attended art school.[3] Instead, Goldman attended the University of Florida where he graduated with a degree in accounting. He then worked as a CPA and found out he hated it and after a friend introduced him to the apparel industry Goldman decided to give it a shot.[4][5]

Launch of company[edit]

Goldman borrowed money from his father[6] in order to launch David and Goliath, his clothing company. Goldman launched D&G in 2000, in Clearwater, Florida. Primarily a clothing company, D&G also produces sleepwear with various designs, books, bags, and other accessories. Goldman achieved some notoriety for printing merchandise containing "boy-bashing" slogans, including "Boys are stupid, throw rocks at them!", "Boys are smelly", "Boys have cooties", etc. These are featured on t-shirts, bumper stickers, and other accessories. In 2004, Goldman was criticized for the slogans.

In 2005 Goldman authored a book entitled Boys Are Stupid, Throw Rocks at Them![7] which was also translated into Russian.[8] Goldman released a Boys Are Stupid - The Game based on his artwork by the same name.[9] Goldman also released Stupidopoly, a trading game.[10] Also in 2005, Todd Goldman started selling art in the Jack Gallery.[11]

In 2007, Goldman was accused of plagiarism. In June 2007 Goldman began working with FOX on a show entitled The Uglies, about the ugliest family in the world.[4] Goldman released Girls Are Weirdos But They Smell Pretty in fall of 2007.[6] In 2008, Goldman teamed up with Ashton Kutcher and Kutcher's production partner Jason Goldberg to design an animated original series as seen through the eyes of a group of teenage girls called BLAHgirls.com.[12] In 2008, Goldman was criticized by feminist groups for a shirt alluding to rape.[13] On July 11, 2008, he opened his own gallery, Pop-Factory.[14] Since the gallery's opening Goldman has sold paintings to Jessica Simpson, Rihanna, Paul McCartney, John Goodman and the Wayans Brothers (Marlon, Shawn and Keenen Ivory).[15] Jessica Simpson spent $1000 on a framed lithograph reading, "You say I'm a bitch like it's a bad thing."[16] Rihanna spent $35,000 in a single trip to the Jack Gallery in LA on February 17, 2009. One of the paintings she purchased said, "Fat kids are harder to kidnap." A painting which Goldman says is him making fun of society's obsession with being thin.[17] Tori Spelling gave her son, Liam, a copy of Goldman's Girls are Weirdos but They Smell Pretty book.[18]

In 2009, Goldman released two children's books with Random House Publishing – The Zoo I Drew and Animal Soup. The books were published under his pen name of "Todd H. Doodler".[19][20]

Controversies[edit]

"Boys are stupid, throw rocks at them!" controversy[edit]

Goldman's became the target of criticism: in 2004, Los Angeles based radio host and men's rights activist Glenn Sacks initiated a campaign against the "Boys are Stupid..." T-shirts claiming that they were part of a general societal mood that stigmatized and victimized boys.[21] The campaign led to the line of shirts being pulled from several thousand retailers across the United States in 2005, including Dapy, K-Mart, Disney Store, and Nordstrom.[22] Masculist groups claimed that the shirts support anti-male sentiments. Others wrote that they encourage children to become participants in the battle of the sexes.[23][24] Goldman was named as number 97 on Bernard Goldberg's 2005 list of 100 People Who Are Screwing Up America. Goldberg also criticized Goldman's slogans for being part of what he called a boy-bashing craze, in which the makers of related products do not realize (or do not care) that young men have higher rates of depression and suicide than young women in America. Goldman responded to the criticism, stating that he "hopes to be ranked higher next year."[25]

Plagiarism[edit]

In April 2007, Goldman was accused of plagiarism by webcartoonist Dave "Shmorky" Kelly, in a post on the Something Awful forums,[26] saying that Goldman's piece "Dear God Make Everyone Die" was traced directly from a 2001 Purple Pussy comic by Kelly. Mike Tyndall maintains a page which summarizes the original Something Awful thread,[27] at which dozens of images are compared, with the claim that Goldman plagiarized many artists.

On May 3, 2007, Goldman's publicity agent announced that Goldman (who initially dismissed the controversy as "false accusations and blogging" in the contact with the media) and Kelly had reached a settlement: Goldman would pay Kelly the money he earned from the paintings and Kelly would drop the case. Goldman's art dealer said that several art galleries stopped showing Goldman's work and the wholesalers who buy Goldman's posters canceled their orders and asked for refunds for unsold stock. "I lost the three biggest poster distributors in America," his art dealer, Jack Solomon, said.[28] Goldman later reported that the poster distributors came back.[29]

In an interview with Sense magazine, Goldman said, "I guess what happened was this: I have a whole design team that works back in Florida creating t-shirts for me. And then I take some of these images and make paintings out of them. If we do 50 t-shirts a month we probably create over 300 images to narrow down to those 50. Listen, I couldn't paint in my lifetime the amount of stuff that we've done. I thought that image was created internally within 'David and Goliath'. I guess the original idea came from that Kelly guy which one of my artists had seen. We changed it to "Please God Make All my Friends Fat," because the Die wouldn't sell on t-shirts. But I thought it'd make a great painting. So I painted two images from it. 5 months later it was hanging in this gallery and someone saw it and started this whole Internet thing. When I found out it wasn't our image, I apologized to the guy and gave him the full proceeds for the sale of the paintings. They sold for $10,000. So I didn't profit from him. There was no lawsuit from it. But then a whole can of worms opens up and suddenly I'm knocking off everyone apparently."[29]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Todd Goldman: The Professional Doodler". Sense. p. 31. 
  2. ^ Zaslow, Jeffrey (April 21, 2005). "Girl Power As Boy Bashing: Evaluating the Latest Twist in the War of the Sexes". Wall Street Journal. 
  3. ^ "Todd Goldman: The Professional Doodler". Sense. p. 32. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 
  4. ^ a b "A Sketch for Success: Todd Goldman, Founder of David and Goliath". Saturday Night. June 2007. p. 43. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 
  5. ^ http://www.davidandgoliathco.com/nav/images/press/2007/Nov/senseMag-11_07.html Sense Magazine
  6. ^ a b http://www.toddharrisgoldman.com/press/todd_goldman.jpg Workman Magazine
  7. ^ "Boys Are Stupid, Throw Rocks at Them!." Barnes & Noble. Accessed September 30, 2008.
  8. ^ Все мальчишки - дураки! А девчонки - умницы! (All boys are stupid! Girls are clever!) Dobraya Kniga, 2006. ISBN 5-98124-106-3.
  9. ^ http://www.toddharrisgoldman.com/press/todd_goldman2.jpg
  10. ^ http://www.toddharrisgoldman.com/press/Todd_Goldman3.jpg Stupidoply Press
  11. ^ Broward Paper
  12. ^ Guynn, Jessica (2008-09-09). "Ashton Kutcher at TechCrunch50: Blah, Blah, Blah". latimesblogs.latimes.com. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 
  13. ^ http://goarticles.com/article/Todd-Goldman/3087042/[dead link]
  14. ^ http://www.123articleonline.com/articles/189281/todd-goldman
  15. ^ Jancsurak, Joe (March 2006). "'Stupid Factory' creator is 'post-pop' sensation: you can call Todd Goldman's art controversial, but don't call him, or his art, a fad". Art Business News. p. 1. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 
  16. ^ http://www.toddharrisgoldman.com/press/todd_goldman_jessica_simpson.jpg New York Post
  17. ^ http://www.toddharrisgoldman.com/press/todd_goldman_rhianna.jpg Life & Style Magazine
  18. ^ http://www.toddharrisgoldman.com/press/todd_goldman_tori.jpg In Touch Magazine
  19. ^ Amazon.com: "The Zoo I Drew"
  20. ^ http://www.toddharrisgoldman.com/press/Todd_Goldman_Random_House.doc
  21. ^ http://www.hisside.com/campaign_boys_are.htm - Accessed: April 10, 2007
  22. ^ "Guy Trouble." People. June 6, 2005.
  23. ^ Jeffrey Zaslow. 'Evaluating the Latest Twist In the Battle of the Sexes'. The Wall Street Journal Online 22 April 2005.
  24. ^ Clay Evans. Recruiting Kids into Gender Wars'. Daily Camera 30 July 2005.
  25. ^ Who is Todd? - Accessed: April 10, 2007
  26. ^ "Holy cow, Todd (Goliath) Goldman ripped me off!". 2007-04-06. Retrieved 2007-04-23. 
  27. ^ Todd Goldman: Art Thief?, miketyndall.com
  28. ^ Rosenbaum, S.I. (May 8, 2007). "Artist's work looked familiar". The St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved 2007-05-16. 
  29. ^ a b "Todd Goldman: The Professional Doodler". Sense. p. 33. Retrieved 2009-02-24. 

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