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Walmart Will Let Customer Reviewers Start Saying Books Are ‘Gay’

“Recently it was brought to our attention that Mark King was unable to complete a review of the book It Gets Better on Walmart.com. We regret that a filter did not allow his review of the book to post and we quickly worked to resolve this technical issue. We reached out to Mark directly to discuss the issue and, as an extra measure, we have reviewed the system to ensure that it will allow the use of all appropriate words related to sexual orientation and gender identity.” That’s an official statement from the company after AIDS activist Mark King found himself unable to use the word describing exactly whom Dan Savage and Terry Miller’s It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living book is aimed at. [photo via]

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8 Comments

  • Lonnie

    It certainly does get better, kids. If you somehow manage to survive your youth with health and sanity intact, you will get to enjoy the blessings of a low wage, non-union, no health benefits Walmart job.

    I’m sorry, but you just CAN’T call yourself any kind of activist if you’re clueless about how Walmart’s policies and practices are for LGBT people.

    This is not activism. It’s self-promotion. Shame on promoting self-promoters.

    It’s no wonder gay bookstores are all but dead.

  • Riker

    @Lonnie: Erm, what does this have to do with how Walmart treats its employees? This is about filling out an online book review.

  • djdavi

    I know its supposed to be a positive thing. Like now we can say “This book is a great resource for gay parents.”

    But now we will have:
    “This book is totally gay. It should be burned”

    way to go walmart… progress with a side of backstepping

  • jason

    There is no such thing as a gay book. If there were, there’d be a dating service for it.

    A non-living thing cannot be gay or have a gay relationship. People may be described as gay, but not books etc.

  • inane

    This reminds me of when someone was having problems with their Xbox because they lived in a place called Fort Gay and Microsoft would not have that…

  • djdavi

    @Jason: you apparently haven’t been around young people in many years. Gay means stupid to them. Or in the case my example, I was using it to mean “faggy” the exact word my father used to desribe “The Birdcage”

  • djdavi

    @Jason: you apparently haven’t been around young people in many years. Gay means stupid to them. Or in the case my example, I was using it to mean “faggy” the exact word my father used to describe “The Birdcage”

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