Engages in usual
strongarm tactics to try to get 7-11 to reverse its decision to carry the
November issue containing a… cartoon on its cover. Cartoon PO*N, in fact!
By Fred Mills
It’s great being a parent, or sometimes just a parent with
friends who are parents. Or sometimes just being a journalist who has people
who send him all kinds of interesting stuff. To wit, this morning’s arrival of
a memo from the American Family Association. For those not in the know, the AFA
is the right-wing conservative Christian group founded in 1977 (as the National
Federation for Decency) by the Rev. Donald Wildmon; favorite pastimes for the
AFA include boycotts of all kinds of crap, anti-homosexuality crusades, and
generally getting up the ass of anybody it perceives as not being down with its
inflexible view of live, love and the cosmos.
were around he’d have a field day with the AFA. But I digress!
Below is the letter the AFA sent out to supporters and the
media this morning. You’ve all heard of the upcoming, November issue of Playboy in which Marge Simpson is to
appear on the cover and in a spread. You also probably know that while the 7-11
chain does not carry Playboy –
primarily because, some two decades ago, the AFA strong-armed it into pussying
out (term used relatively) – it made a decision to stock this issue. This in
turn has enraged the AFA, who apparently think that a lone issue of Playboy will turn our sons into
compulsive masturbators (you know what that leads to… sex with Slurpees!) and
will lead us down a slippery slope to abusing and degrading the entire female
population and generally treating them as second class citizens (and you know
what that leads to… an Arab takeover of Amerika!).
The letter speaks for itself and is reprinted verbatim,
including the AFA’s Cindy Roberts’ contact information if you should feel
inclined to call or email her to express your, uh, support.
The only thing left to say is… sometimes a cartoon is just a
cartoon, Dr. Freud.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Cindy Roberts
October 15, 2009
AFA TO 7-Eleven: DON’T STOCK SIMPSON
American Family Association (AFA) today
called on 7-Eleven stores to reconsider their decision to sell the November
issue of Playboy, which will
feature a cartoon character on the cover. The magazine will hit newsstands on
October 16 with a cover and two-page centerfold featuring Marge Simpson, the
mother on the Fox animated series The
“Most American dads know the dangers that
porn represents to young males. It’s irresponsible of 7-Eleven to display porn
in front of boys who pop into 7-11s for a hot dog or a Slurpee,” said Randy
Sharp, AFA Special Projects Director.
“The cover will create the kind of curiosity
that can easily lead them into an addictive porn habit,” he said. “This is not
what American families want to see in their neighborhood convenience store.”
The magazine will be carried in the 1,200
7-Eleven stores that are corporately owned, stores that have been virtually
porn-free for the last two decades.
Monica Cole, Director of AFA’s
OneMillionMoms.com, and a mother herself, finds 7-Eleven’s decision deeply
offensive. “Marge Simpson on the cover of Playboy is disturbing on so many levels,” she said. “7-Eleven has to know that using an
animated character on the cover of a pornographic magazine is deceptive and
harmful because it will attract the attention of children.
“It’s inexcusable for a company that wants
to be a responsible member of American society to use a cartoon character to
hawk pornography,” Cole said. “America’s
moms didn’t like Joe Camel selling cigarettes to their kids, and they don’t
want Marge Simpson selling degrading images of women either.
“A lot of moms are going to shop somewhere
else if 7-Eleven doesn’t do the right thing and refuse to stock this magazine.”
American Family Association is a pro-family
advocacy organization with over 2.5 million online supporters.