Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Good old Wack-Mart

Bust a union?

Employ 3rd World folks for kibble?

Build a store on a holy sight?

Wal-Mart is your place.

Want to buy a harmless comedy book?

No way!!
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, 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. continues to sell the book. "There's a different audience in the stores and online," she says.

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."

I love Ben Karlin's dig.

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