When a Finnish commemorative stamp set honoring Tom of Finland artist Touko Laaksonen became available to order, all postal sales records were obliterated.
People from 178 countries ordered the pint-sized art, and we’re guessing that most of them will end up as collectors items.
I mean who wouldn’t want a set of homoerotic postage stamps? Well back on the Finnish home front, one major retailer is saying “no thank you.”
Chain store Halpa-Halli is opting out of carrying the stamps in any of its 38 locations, and we aren’t exactly shocked. The store also closes on Sundays and doesn’t sell tobacco or alcohol. So the black-and-white bare ass with man staring at cock stamp? Yeah, that didn’t go over so well with their “Christian values.”
“The stamps do not unfortunately represent our values,” said CEO Janne Ylinen. “We have had a great deal of supportive feedback from our customers over our decision… and we don’t want to offend our customers by stocking the stamps.
‘This is not a political move, but one related to our product strategy, in which we are respecting our customers’ peace of mind. We don’t want to unnecessarily provoke people in areas where we have stores.”
Finnish LGBT spokesperson Mikko Väisänen is apparently “amazed” by the store’s decision and is urging them to reconsider.
We’re all for promoting healthy sexuality around the globe and certainly appreciate the nod to Laaksonen, but we have to wonder if perhaps this is a fight better left un-fought.