Saturday, January 31, 2009

Wal-Mart The New Morality Police

Wal-Mart apparently wants to be America's new morality police using their massive weight in the retail business to make their vendors conform to their views.

The latest example revolves around the movie "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" which is scheduled for DVD release on Tuesday. The world's largest retailer and seller of DVD's has informed the makers of the movie that they must change the title on the DVD cover removing the word "porno" before Wal-Mart will place the title on their shelves.
Last fall, some ads for the film were rejected south of the border because of the word "porno." Now, Smith says Wal-Mart stores in the U.S. have asked that the cover of the DVD, set to hit shelves Tuesday, omit the word too.

Who knew that it was Wal-Mart's job to shelter us from so-called "objectionable material"? Just what we need, the world's largest retailer with somewhat questionable business "morals" also acting as another in the ever growing list of groups that think they know what is best for America. I wonder what they will say when the inevitable complaints come in from the folks that bought "Zack and Miri" and end up getting "Zack and Miri Make a Porno" all because the word "porno" doesn't appear on their approved word list.

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