Carrie Rengers

Donut Whole gets some unexpected – and possibly unwanted – publicity

The Donut Whole sells merchandise with its logo on cafepress.com and through its website.
The Donut Whole sells merchandise with its logo on cafepress.com and through its website. Courtesy of Donut Whole

Donut Whole owner Michael Carmody knows the saying about all publicity being good publicity, but he’s not entirely sure about that.

Someone forwarded Carmody a story about Michael Alig, once famous for being a party boy before killing someone in a drug-fueled moment. Alig got out of prison after serving 17 years on a manslaughter conviction. In the story, on thump.vice.com, Alig was shown wearing a Donut Whole T-shirt.

“I guess it’s advertising, but …” Carmody says.

“It’s weird to me,” he says. “It’s just a weird juxtaposition.”

Carmody sells T-shirts through the Donut Whole and online at www.cafepress.com, and he figures that’s how Alig wound up with the shirt, though he doesn’t know.

Though the part about Alig being a convicted killer gives Carmody some pause, he says Alig has served his time.

“Maybe 17 years have chilled him out, I don’t know.”

Carmody says the situation amuses him on one level – along with his Facebook followers who are having fun by suggesting he send a T-shirt to Charles Manson and create “glittery pink party monster” doughnuts laced with something – but makes him leery on another.

“I guess it’s just an object lesson in the interconnectedness of all things.”

Carrie Rengers: 316-268-6340, @CarrieRengers

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