Blog: Wal-Mart under pressure

Catherine Sleep | 5 April 2006

Wal-Mart is being targeted by a conservative Christian organisation for allegedly promoting the gay lifestyle by selling the Oscar-winning film Brokeback Mountain.

What nonsense! The irony here, as ever, is that the film, as those who have seen it will know, does anything but glamorise or advocate a gay lifestyle. If anything it portrays what a horribly tough life homosexuals can have and would probably serve as a jolly good deterrent if these things were really a matter of choice.

I’m not saying the content of the film isn’t near the knuckle – it is, and I’ll admit I felt uncomfortable at times. But it’s not for a store to tell me whether I can watch it or not, which is what the Christian organisation wants Wal-Mart to do.

I reckon that if it got out that Wal-Mart wouldn't stock Brokeback Mountain, that would offend just as many people as have been offended by it being stocked. It’s a legal product, so let shoppers make their own decisions - stock it and be damned!

Wal-Mart Sells 'Brokeback' Amid Conservative Protest


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