A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from October 12, 2019
“But for a beautiful moment in time we created a lot of value for shareholders”

A cartoon by artist Tom Toro was printed in The New Yorker on November 26, 2012. A businessman in a tattered suit tells children around the campfire:

“Yes, the planet got destroyed. But for a beautiful moment in time we created a lot of value for shareholders.”

The cartoon has been frequently used by environmentalists. “For shareholders” is sometimes given as “for our shareholders” or “for the shareholders.”


The New Yorker Digital Archive
The New Yorker
Cartoon Collections
“Yes, the planet got destroyed. But for a beautiful moment in time we created a lot of value for shareholders.”
January 30, 2015 (The correct date is November 26, 2012, pg. 43, col. 2.—ed/)

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Brooke Jarvis
@brookejarvis
“Yes, the planet got destroyed. But for a beautiful moment in time we created a lot of value for shareholders.” http://newyorker.com/humor/issuecartoons/2012/11/26/cartoons_20121119#slide=6
9:01 PM · Nov 19, 2012·TweetDeck

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DVS
@PerroDeLaCiudad
“Yes, the planet got destroyed. But for a beautiful moment in time we created a lot of value for shareholders.” http://nyr.kr/TUFpIM
9:31 PM · Nov 19, 2012·TweetDeck

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Madam Margaret
@teragramus
Yes the planet got destroyed but for one beautiful moment we created a lot of value for our shareholders
12:25 PM · Nov 22, 2012·Camera on iOS

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Rodney
@weavr
“Yes, the planet got destroyed. But for a beautiful moment in time we created a lot of value for the shareholders.” #lkna13
4:32 PM · Apr 30, 2013·Twitter for iPhone

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TZMreddit
@TZMreddit
“We created a lot of value for the shareholders!” http://bit.ly/1BhyYow #TZM #movingforward
8:48 AM · Dec 28, 2014·twitterfeed

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Otherlab
@otherlab
“Yes, the planet got destroyed. But for a beautiful moment in time we created a lot of value for the shareholders” http://condenaststore.com/-sp/Yes-the-planet-got-destroyed-But-for-a-beautiful-moment-in-time-we-created-a-lot-of-value-for-sh-Prints_i9318014_.htm
11:34 PM · May 21, 2016·Twitter for iPhone

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the discourse
@myguykyle
Yeah, the planet/environment got destroyed. But for a beautiful moment in time we created a lot of value for the shareholders.
2:57 PM · May 30, 2016·Twitter Web Client

The Guardian (UK)
Ending climate change requires the end of capitalism. Have we got the stomach for it?
Phil McDuff
Mon 18 Mar 2019 08.09 EDTLast modified on Mon 18 Mar 2019 08.11 EDT
(...)
They’re the living embodiment of the famous New Yorker cartoon, with a suited man sat in a post-apocalyptic landscape telling his young audience “Yes, the planet got destroyed. But for a beautiful moment in time we created a lot of value for shareholders.”

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Morgan Plain
@MorganPlain
Yes the planet got destroyed, but for a beautiful moment in time we created a lot of value for the shareholders. #ClimateChange
1:56 AM · Sep 11, 2019·Twitter for Android

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityWork/Businesses • Saturday, October 12, 2019 • Permalink