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Sun Dec 23, 2012, 08:38 AM

Walmart Sells Assault Weapons But Bans Music With Swear Words

http://www.businessinsider.com/walmart-sells-assault-weapons-but-bans-music-with-swear-words-2012-12



Neil DeGrasse Tyson points out a bizarre dichotomy in American society:

Walmart sells assault weapons but bans music that contains swear words.

That policy tells you a lot about this country.

We can guess why Walmart sells assault weapons: Its customers want them, and the company can make a lot of money selling them.


Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/walmart-sells-assault-weapons-but-bans-music-with-swear-words-2012-12#ixzz2FskdUQc4

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Reply Walmart Sells Assault Weapons But Bans Music With Swear Words (Original post)
xchrom Dec 2012 OP
BlueStreak Dec 2012 #1
Dr Hobbitstein Dec 2012 #9
etherealtruth Dec 2012 #2
xchrom Dec 2012 #3
CanonRay Dec 2012 #4
progressoid Dec 2012 #5
marmar Dec 2012 #6
tuvor Dec 2012 #7
RomneyLies Dec 2012 #8
Dr Hobbitstein Dec 2012 #10
nilram Dec 2012 #11
meow2u3 Dec 2012 #12

Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 09:24 AM

1. A really poor marketing decision. If they paid attention to their demographics

they would sell BOTH assault weapons AND music with swear words.

In reality, "music with swear words" is probably a dog whistle for that rap music that comes from the jungle. So the policy probably does actually fit the Wal*Mart demographic.

The real question is, will they sell country music that has some swear words?

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Response to BlueStreak (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:22 PM

9. If it has the sticker...

They don't sell it. The only country album I can think of with said sticker is Hank III's "Straight To Hell", which was released on Curb Records (a major country label). Needless to say, it's not available at WalMart. They do carry censored versions of albums (if the record label decided to release them), which MOST labels do with all hit albums. WalMart banned stickered albums after the whole PMRC thing in the late 80s. Had nothing to do with rap music.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 09:27 AM

2. Aside, from the fact that I LOVE Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Neil DeGrasse Tyson points out a bizarre dichotomy in American society .... I don't think bizarre begins to cover it, Mr. Tyson


From the article:

So Walmart bans profanity on the grounds that some people might find it objectionable, but proudly sells assault weapons that can be used to slaughter people.

Isn't Walmart worried that some people might find that objectionable? Like the parents of children who were just murdered with an assault weapon, for example? Or the parents who worry that their children might be murdered with an assault weapon? Or anyone worried that anyone might be murdered with an assault weapon?

Apparently not.

Apparently, in America, you'd have to be, well, un-American to find that objectionable.



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Response to etherealtruth (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 09:27 AM

3. +1

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 09:54 AM

4. We are one fucked up country

Sometimes I just despair about the path we're on.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 11:43 AM

5. Family values!!11!

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 11:47 AM

6. Yep. In America, two men holding hands is considered strange.....


....... but walking down the street with a Glock in your jacket pocket is considered normal. ..... F**ked up values.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 12:12 PM

7. In Canada they sell no guns, and the music is all uncensored.

Their policies seem to me to emanate from community acceptance and expectations.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 12:14 PM

8. Heck, your album gets banned even without swear words

 

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Response to RomneyLies (Reply #8)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 02:29 PM

10. They also banned

Nirvana's "In Utero" for the artwork on the back cover and the track "Rape Me". There were no swear words in that album either (nor was it stickered).

In the end, DGC Records released a version with different back art, and the track Rape Me was renamed "Waif Me", but the lyrics remained the same, just the title on the album was different.

They did sell Nirvana's "Nevermind", but they put their price sticker over the baby's penis on the cover.

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 03:15 PM

11. God and Country First!!1!

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Response to xchrom (Original post)

Sun Dec 23, 2012, 03:37 PM

12. Hypocrisy at its best

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