What the Hell Is Black Friday For?Lindy West11/19/12 6:00pmFiled to: ShoppingThanksgivingBlack FridayTopFbholidaze4452EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkLong, long ago, in a time known as the '80s, Black Friday sales started on a day called "Friday," at an actual hour that an actual store might actually have been open—say, 8 or 9 or 10 am. Over the years, the kick-off hours have been slowly rolling back—to 3 am, 4 am, midnight. And this year, stores such as Target, Wal Mart, and Toys R Us plan to start their Black Friday sales at 7 or 8 pm on Thursday, smack in the middle of the Thanksgiving dinner hour. Because fuck your turkey, MEN'S POLAR FLEECE MOCK-TURTLE HALF-ZIPS ARE 60% OFF. Get ready for Black Friday Part Deux: Black Thursday: The Legend of Curly's Pulverized Ribcage. I am not following any of this. Can someone explain it to me, slowly and using small, nonthreatening words? Please? Now that Black Friday isn't even on Friday anymore—now that it's Black Thursday Night and Black Fuck Your Thanksgiving and Black Ha Ha Pitiful Wal Mart Slaves You Have No Family!—what is the point of it, really? I mean, hey, I have an idea! Why not just start Black Friday 2013 on the day after Black Friday 2012 and we'll call it Black The -Entire-Year and everyone will get so many savings that Santa Claus will rise from the dead and do everyone's taxes!!!!! Thanks, capitalism!