H.O.P.E. MEMBER BETHANY DECKER’S
STOP ASHLEE SIMPSON PETITION GAINING MOMENTUM
8,452 SIGNATURES AND COUNTING
ASHLEE SIMPSON CD EXCHANGE
H.O.P.E OFFERS ASHLEE SIMPSON CD TRADE IN
H.O.P.E. (Horrified Observers of Pedestrian Entertainment) is offering the good people of America who have been duped into buying Ashlee Simpson’s CD a reprieve; the opportunity to turn in her CD for one of a higher entertainment quality. Elvis Costello, The Ramones, X, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Aretha Franklin, Mr. Bungle, Ray Charles, Abe Lincoln Story, Neil Hamburger, Joni Mitchell, and Brian Wilson. These are not endorsements of the CDs we are sending. If you receive a CD and it doesn’t appeal to you, you are welcome to exchange it until you get one you like.
Due to the overwhelming response, and the public’s suggestions of other substandard artists for trade, this exchange will continue indefinitely and will be expanded to include other artists who are detrimental to the public’s well being.
Starting immediately we will also accept any Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Nick Lachey, Jessica Simpson, Creed, Paris Hilton, Limp Bizkit, and any boy band albums for trade.
For the people of New York, the Knitting Factory’s run is over due to circumstances beyond our control, but we will be updating shortly as to other locations for the exchange.
Please be advised we are accepting exchanges based on the low entertainment quality of her music as well as her live lip-synching.
THE SPIRIT OF THE EXCHANGE
H.O.P.E. profiled on CNBC’s “Squak Box” and ”Power Lunch.” Chris Jackson interviewed.
H.O.P.E. AND PEOPLE OF THE WORLD WINNING AGAIN!!!
“Further confirming that Ashlee Simpson is this generation’s answer to the Yugo, a group in Los Angeles has gone to great pains to determine her trade-in value, which is surprisingly generous, if you ask us. In the wake of her lip-sync debacle, a gaggle of concerned music lovers — dubbing themselves Horrified Observers of Pedestrian Entertainment, or H.O.P.E., for short — has arranged for the singer’s fans to get something more than just a thank-you note from the trash man for copies of her Autobiography album. All folks have to do is swing by New York City’s Knitting Factory club between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. (or go to the hopeinamerica.com Web site) and they’ll be able to trade the coaster for an album featuring real singing. We wouldn’t mind seeing what we could get for our stash of tunes by Ashlee’s big sis — a couple bags of pork rinds seems fair to us . “
– Rolling Stone – Nov. 12, 2004
Thanks to the good people of America and the world over, hundreds of Ashlee Simpson CD’s have been traded in with potentially thousands more to come. Over 4,000,000 visitors have come to the site, with massive amounts of letters and e-mails flooding into the H.O.P.E. offices voicing support for the cause. Thanks to ABC, NBC, MTV, Rolling Stone, Yahoo Launch, Google News, MSNBC, Access Hollywood, E!, and many, many more for helping spread the word.
A great piece from E! online:
News of the trade in has spanned the globe, with coverage on ABC Australia, the BBC in England, as well as outlets in Spain, France, New Zealand and India all chipping in to spread the word. You, the good people of America and the world, are making a difference! Your voice is finally being heard!
If you haven’t received your exchange so far or we haven’t responded to your e-mail, please hang tight folks, we’re swamped here and should be able to get to everyone shortly. Over 300 Ashlee CDs have been exchanged so far with many, many, more to come.
LETTERS FROM GREAT PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD REGARDING THE ASHLEE SIMPSON CD EXCHANGE
EVERY WEEK WE WILL PUBLISH SOME OF THE GREAT E-MAILS WE RECEIVE FROM AROUND THE WORLD AND ON THE HOMEFRONT
Hey, I just wanted to tell you all that you are doing a great job of rooting out such talent-less so call celebrities. I am from South Africa, and even here all you see in magazines and on satellite TV is Paris frigginâ€™ Hilton. The first time I saw her first thought was â€“ what have you done to be so famous? The mind boggling thing is that she has done absolutely nothing to be considered famous.
I second that Ashton Kutcher should be relegated to the back of the line. He is truly a no-talent hack. He is shamelessly grasping on to the limelight by hanging onto that other no-talent has-been Demi Moore.
Anway, keep it up.
I live in London and I’d love to get involved with HOPE campaigns over here.
I think you’ll be interested to know that HOPE is being promoted on BBC Radio 4 tonight, 6:30pm on a
topical satire programme called The Now Show. The comedian Mitch Benn has discovered your site and has
written a little set and a song about it. I was at the recording of the show, and I really hope it gets
broadcast so other people hear about all this! I look forward to hearing about how I can join up,
until then, keep up the good work!
Hi my name is Knut and im from Norway. It’s always nice to see americans taking responsability for the hell you have unleashed on the world in the shape of Ashlee and Jessica Simpson, Britney Spears, Cristina Aguilera and the rest of the second rate entertainers of America.
when I heard of HOPE I couldn’t stop smiling, well done.
you people are awsome
i heard you on Triple j on A.B.C in australia, but more importantly so
did my girlfriend. she asked me if she can borrow my amiee mann C.D.
after 1 1/2 years i’ve never manage to enlighten her.
you guys did it in a 5 min. segment at 5:45 e.s.t on the 23/11/04.
you people are awsome!
please let me know how to join
Sara, Oslo, Norway
I just want to support your cause. I think it’s great that you are trying to expand people’s minds. It’s about time and we deserve good music!!! And good t.v.!!!
I produce a talk show on Beat 102-103, we cover the South of Ireland. I came across your website today and found it very entertaining â€“ I would love to give it some coverage on the show, and wondered if someone involved in the site would be around someday to have a chat with us on the air. Weâ€™d love to find out more about what the site is all about, how it got started, and how listeners can get involved.
The show is called Beat Talk, the presenterâ€™s name is Niall Power, and telephone interviews usually last around five minutes.
Let me know if you are interested and we can set up a time and day.
Looking forward to hearing from you,
I just saw HOPE on CNBC Squawk Box. I think what you guys are doing is great and I think the message is good, about needing talent to be successful… or next weâ€™ll have Britney running for political office and winning. (perhaps only in California, but nonetheless.)
Please place me on a mailing list if you have one.
Hi my name is Cyna Strachan
I am 13 years old and I live in Australia.
I really beilieve in what you guys do.
I constantly have to watch bad music being produced
especially going to an all girls school…!!
I absoultley love the ramones they are my faviurite band ever.
I would really like to become a memeber, even if i am in australia