Thursday, October 21, 2004

Walmart afraid of naked Justices

I know, I know... Attaturk beat me to the punch. Does he ever sleep? I wanted to bring this up again because I was walking through a Walmart the other day and... well...

In a move to further the corporate protection of us from thought and irony, Walmart has decided to cancel its order of The Daily Shows, America book. I wonder if I can get Walmart to remove those books about 9-11 because they show pictures of death and destruction?

I noticed the books that are stocked in the Walmart near my home. Books on Chimpy and how great he is as a leader (even though its hard, very hard). How much he and the country sacrificed (having to read that Pet Goat book and all). I noticed several copies of the anti-Kerry whoring and then that's when it hit me... we have weird touchy feely Dr. Mr. Phil stuff, LOTS of religious books, Pro-Bush books, and Anti-Kerry stuff.

There was no attempt at balance, no attempt to resemble a real book store, just the stuff that the Walton family thinks you should read. Ok, I don't believe that. I am sure the five 18 Billion dollars each accidents of birth who inherited their wealth from dear old dad do not even work.

Wait, according to Forbes magazine (you know according to Fox "news" the magazine and empire created by Steve Forbes -- Malcolm must be scratching at his expensive grave), one of them does work at Walmart. So, maybe the Walton family does want to control what you think and are exposed to in books, DVDs, and Music. They will, after all, run the mom and pop stores into the ground.

Page 99 of the best-selling satire America (The Book) by Jon Stewart and the writers of The Daily Show shows the justices of the Supreme Court as they have never been seen before: naked, as in full-frontal, sagging nudity.

The photos are obviously doctored. The heads belong to the seven men and two women on the court, but the bodies are from ClothesFree.com, a nudist Web site.

The book also has cutouts of the justices' robes and urges readers to "restore their dignity by matching each justice with his or her respective robe."

Stewart's sendup of a high school textbook is No. 1 on USA TODAY's Best-Selling Books list for the second week. (The list is published Thursdays.) But Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, isn't laughing.

Warner Books publisher Jamie Raab says Wal-Mart canceled its order after seeing the photos because the book "didn't meet their criteria" on potentially offensive material.

Wal-Mart spokeswoman Karen Burk says: "We felt a majority of our customers would not be comfortable with the image" of the naked justices.

Daily Show executive producer Ben Karlin says he's disappointed. "We were hoping to be banned by a lot of mom-and-pop bookstores, but they keep selling the book."


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