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Offline Oldiesmann

Thanks to Dan Parent for making me aware of this...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/28/one-million-moms-toys-r-us-archie-comics_n_1307689.html

A group called One Million Moms, which apparently threatened to boycott JC Penney after they made Ellen their spokesperson, is now threatening to boycott Toys "R" Us over the Kevin Keller wedding issue of Life With Archie.

While I understand their concerns, boycotting an entire store because they don't approve of something that kids might be exposed to is a bit extreme in my opinion.
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Offline HarryLuceyFan

Narrowminded stone age morons.

Offline crooow

I just read the statement from these idiots and I was surprised to learn that Toys R Us carries Life with Archie on a rack at the checkout.  My local Toys R Us puts it on the comic rack in the back of the store.  If they're telling the truth, props to TRU for putting Life With Archie in a visible location. 

My local grocery stores keep Life With Archie on the magazine rack.  I certainly see lots of kids of all ages in grocery stores.  If TRU tells them to bug off will they go after Kroger next?
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Offline Oldiesmann

I'll let you know if that happens crooow... Kroger is based here in Cincinnati.

This same group went after JC Penney for hiring Ellen as their spokesperson.
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Offline Captain Hero

The One Million Moms are all the same...judgmental, religious housewives who are so bored with their lives that they feel it their mission to try and destroy everyone else's.

They remind me of Helen Lovejoy from The Simpsons multiplied by...a million.
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Offline B-ko Daitokuji

The One Million Moms are all the same...judgmental, religious housewives who are so bored with their lives that they feel it their mission to try and destroy everyone else's.

They remind me of Helen Lovejoy from The Simpsons multiplied by...a million.

The group doesn't even have 1 million moms.  It's more like a "shell" organization set up by the American Family Association, an organization funded by fundamentalist wackjobs that has been bullying companies for decades to make them stop doing things they don't like.  The AFA has also been labeled a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.  So yes, a hate group is trying to bully Archie Comics now.

I also think their concerns are ludicrous.  I was already exploring my sexuality at 4 years old.  I didn't need a comic magazine to introduce me to "topics that are too complicated for them to understand."  Just seems like another excuse for the dereliction of actual parenting.  Although, maybe that's a good thing if those parents think like 1 Million Moms.  It's not great to find out your parents don't actually love you. 

It would be nice if some conservative groups actually stuck by their own ideology though.  You know the one that says let the free market work?  If you don't like it, don't buy it.  If this catches on with MSNBC, etc., it should mean more sales for Archie though hopefully.

But yeah, this just seems like a half-@**ed attempt to find a softer target after the whole Ellen/JC Penny fiasco blew up in their faces.  They got so badly trounced on that one that Bill O'Reily, of all people, was telling them to STFU.


Offline PTF

Hm...

1. Possibly talk with kids about the various cultures, religions, and differences of people by, perhaps, parenting in some manner. And explaining it in a way they can understand, maybe do research even.

2. Cause a big fuss over something and be sure to annoy and anger a large number of additional people

Choices, choices... :)

Offline Oldiesmann

Considering that the whole gay marriage thing was announced back in September, I don't know why they're waiting until now to complain. Surely someone in that group has noticed that Toys "R" Us has carried that title for a while now, and since the story was announced 5 months ago, they've had plenty of time to figure out that Toys "R" Us would be carrying that particular issue.
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Offline PTF

Stupidity doesn't check calanders or make a time schedule. :)

Offline Captain Hero

Someone else actually brought up this point on Facebook, but they made a good point.  I wonder how many of the people in One Million Moms read magazines like Cosmopolitan, where the entire magazine is basically all about well...sexual techniques and the like...but yet, a kids comic that happens to have a gay wedding is immoral?  If that was the case, talk about hypocrisy...but I suppose to people like that, hypocrisy can be 'prayed away'... ::)

Oh, the priorities.  ::)

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Offline Jabroniville

It reminds me of what I mentioned previously about "small victories" and baby-steps. In the 1960s, it was considered a big win to get homosexuality put into it's own category in the National Library or whatever- previously, it was listed under "Sexual Deviancies and Crimes (including Rape)" Basically, rather than try to make gay marriage okay or try to get the Psychiatric Association to consider being gay NOT a mental illness (no, really) right off the bat or what have you (any attempts would surely fail immediately), the first steps had to be small. Over the decades, there's been a gradual increase in gay-themed things that would have been banned or disallowed in another era. There were a couple of one-shot gay characters in 1970s TV shows, but by the '90s, there were MAIN characters who were gay. Then gay marriage got legalized in several places, and now there's a gay character in ARCHIE, previously the most milquetoast and least-controversial of all comics. That's a huge win, and an example of how these "small victories" have added up. A gay wedding is just icing on the cake.

I mean, some people here complained that the cover featured no wedding stuff and the issue had no kissing, but really, that just adds to Archie's power here. Two guys got married. That's it. There wasn't any kissing or hugging or any of that stuff... it's easy firepower to use against controversy. It's really hard to take claims of Archie corrupting children seriously when there wasn't so much as a peck in here. It didn't even say "gay wedding" on the cover (note that NONE of Kevin's covers have said such things)- it just said a guy got married. More ammo. that isn't to say they should NEVER show such things, but with "baby steps", they can ease into the larger victories.

Basically, I think these backwater bigot groups are just mad because they've lost a huge amount of ground. When ARCHIE of all people is leading the fight for tolerance of gay people, it reminds them of just how badly they're losing their war on gay people. They recognize clearly that acceptance is rising, and fewer people than ever are subscribing to "Big Religion", and they don't like it.
« Last Edit: February 29, 2012, 02:08:44 AM by Jabroniville »
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Offline B-ko Daitokuji

I complained about the gay marriage cover, becuase you couldn't really tell it was a wedding without the banner behind them.  There was no intimacy on there.  They could at least be holding hands.  That would at least sell the message way better.

I don't think we really need to deconstruct 1 Million Mom's motivations that much.  Just go with what the Southern Poverty Law Center says, it's the sub-organization of a hate group.  Would be kind of nice if people like CNN would stop interviewing clowns from designated hate groups like Tony Perkins though.  I think it's been a while since anyone has interviewed the grand wizard of the KKK.  lol

As for baby steps, I'm kind of tired of that.  The culture war is kind of dead when the majority of Americans approve of gay marriage, so there should be more entertainment with LGBT characters coming out.  I think what Archie Comics did was really good though becuase everyone else that markets to that age group (say Cartoon Network or Nickelodeon) is still way too cowardly to include a gay or lesbian character.  They were really the first company with the intestinal fortitude to do so.


Offline Little Hoarder

Is Archie promoting the use of illegal substances? No. Is it promoting the use of alcohol? No. Is it sending messages to young women/ men about what they are "expected" to do to be excepted? No. What happened? Kevin Keller is a gay man who got married. It's not the Apocolypse. Fire isn't raining down from the sky and a plague of frogs isn't running rampid throughout towns and cities. One Million Moms need to get over themselves. This is 2012, not 1948.

Enough said.

Offline crooow

http://www.bleedingcool.com/2012/02/29/one-million-homophobic-moms-target-archie-comics-and-toys-r-us/

Statement from 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.“

« Last Edit: February 29, 2012, 08:07:54 PM by crooow »
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Offline MissGolden24

These "moms" probably protested tinkie winkie's purse as well. Happy Archie's staff is standing behind Kevin and not backing down to the hate! Kevin Keller is awesome and more kids should read Archie comics regardless! Archie's world is a place where diversity is respected. These "moms" need to get a life.

 

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