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Damn You Harrison Ford!

I am very angry with Harrison Ford.   Here is why:

I loved the book Ender’s Game. The author of Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card, is a big, big douche.  I have been considering not going to the movie because I don’t really want to give Card more money to support his homophobic douchery.  Harrison Ford is IN THE MOVIE.  The movie looks amazing.   He is ruining my decision making ability (this is not hard).

This happens to me a lot.  I find out about an author, or a musician, or a director, or an artist… and suddenly things I loved are ruined by the people who created them.  Do you shun the thing you love because of the person who made it?  If you already own the art in question, do you get rid of it, or only boycott future works?  What about artists who are dead and gone, and no longer profit from their art – is your conscience clear if you get it now?  I’m starting to be tempted to just not find out about authors, because I don’t want to lose anything else I love to reality.

I think I’m going to skip the movie, and this makes me sad.

(un)Happy reading!



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Boycott of Archie Comics Over Gay Marriage

archieArchie Comics has put out an issue that features a gay wedding, involving a regular character who is openly gay.  To me, this is cause for celebration.  To One Million Moms, a conservative group, this practically signals the end times.  They are threatening Toys ‘R Us with a boycott, if the chain doesn’t pull the issue from its shelves.

This is not the first time that the organization has threatened a retailer  with a boycott because of their views on homosexuality – the group recently tried to get Ellen DeGeneres fired from her position as spokesperson for JC Penney – unsuccessfully.

I feel the actions of the organization (as well as the related organization, One Million Dads) are wrong for a variety a reasons.  What my primary issue is with them is their efforts at censorship.  They don’t want anything about gay people in print.  They don’t want anything about gay people in advertising.  Or on tv.    Now, in either the JC Penney campaign or the Archie comic, it’s not like there is any sexual content.  I’m pretty confident that the JC Penney campaign doesn’t feature Ellen DeGeneres saying “Shop at JC Penney.  And I’m gay”.

In my view, having kids see or read about gay people, just living normal lives, is probably the best way for them to grow up free of that kind of hatred.  And I point out that rights and freedoms go both ways: Just as people have the right to believe that being gay is wrong, other people have the right to believe that being gay is just fine.

To me, what should be kept out of toy stores is hate.  Judgement.  That is what doesn’t belong around children.  There is a children’s book which is one I frequently recommended at work called My Princess Boy, by Cheryl Kilodavis.  It is a (non-fiction) story about a little boy who likes to dress up like a princess.  The whole point of the story is acceptance, and loving someone for who they are, not what you think they should be.  That is what we should be teaching our children, and that is a lesson that should be true in every aspect of our lives.  Ideally, we’re making our children better people than we are.  (For more about My Princess Boy, visit http://myprincessboy.com/index.asp )

I finish with a  quote from Archie Comics CEO Jon Goldwater:

“We stand by Life with Archie #16. As I’ve said before, Riverdale is a safe, welcoming place that does not judge anyone. It’s an idealized version of America that will hopefully become reality someday.

“We’re sorry the American Family Association/OneMillionMoms.com feels so negatively about our product, but they have every right to their opinion, just like we have the right to stand by ours. Kevin Keller will forever be a part of Riverdale, and he will live a happy, long life free of prejudice, hate and narrow-minded people.”



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Amazon Boycott – Vive la Resistance!

The boycott of Amazon by refusing to stock their books on the shelves, now includes Barnes & Noble, Indigo, Books-A-Million, and IndieCommerce, the venue for the American Booksellers Association (ABA).    To meet customers’  needs, the books continue to be offered for special order, but the companies will not be ordering any stock on hand, in stores or warehouses.  I don’t know how much this will hurt Amazon, since the majority of their business is done online, but a publishing company that doesn’t have books on shelves is necessarily limited.  Not every book-lover shops online, and it will definitely limit distribution in Canada, where Indigo and Books-A-Million have a strong presence.

I have never been a fan of Amazon’s policy of publishing their e-books only in their own format, as opposed to the industry standard of ePub.   Now, their publishing house won’t allow their authors’ e-books to be sold by anyone but Amazon.  The response of the other book-sellers is that they won’t be used as Amazon’s bricks-and-mortar, and prevented from selling the electronic versions.

I have included links to two more articles on the subject, and will be watching developments with interest.  Even if this has no impact on Amazon at all, I’m still glad they’re doing it.



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Amazon Publishing bookshop boycott grows | Books | guardian.co.uk

Barnes and Noble, Indigo, and independent booksellers have joined together against  Amazon’s Goliath.


Amazon Publishing bookshop boycott grows | Books | guardian.co.uk.


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