Well I suppose Wal-Mart is a private company and can do as it wishes, but I feel the decision is wrong for their reasoning.
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.
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.
They act as if it's on the cover. It's on page 99! I also beg to differ that the majority of Americans wouldn't be interested in seeing the justices naked, just for the novelty of it.
Walmart.com continues to sell the book. "There's a different audience in the stores and online," she says.
As we all know only perverts are online and people who shop in the stores are bastions of American values who like to crank up those radios to see exactly how loud a cheap, crappy Wal-Mart bought radio can sound in the middle of the store.
People don't shop at Wal-Mart for family values, they shop there because of their ability to squeeze manufacturers into bankrupt...err because of their low prices.
If you haven't read the Fastcompany.com infamous Wal-Mart Gallon Jar Pickle Story do yourself a favor and go take a read. It is both fascinating, entertaining and sad all at the same time. Here's how it begins.
A gallon-sized jar of whole pickles is something to behold. The jar is the size of a small aquarium. The fat green pickles, floating in swampy juice, look reptilian, their shapes exaggerated by the glass. It weighs 12 pounds, too big to carry with one hand. The gallon jar of pickles is a display of abundance and excess; it is entrancing, and also vaguely unsettling. This is the product that Wal-Mart fell in love with: Vlasic's gallon jar of pickles.
Fascinating, I say dear chap.
You can still buy the Jon Stewart book through Diggers Realm though!
See also my entry "Jon Stewart On Crossfire".