Walmart are the largest retail outlet in the US, but they have refused to stock Green Days latest album "21 Century Breakdown"
According to Billie-Joe Armstrong "They won't carry our record because they wanted us to censor it." He also added "There's nothing dirty about our record. They want artists to censor their records in order to be carried in there. We just said 'No'. We've never done it before. You feel like you're in 1953 or something."
Walmart replied that that it is their policy to not carry any CD with a parental advisory sticker. "The label and artist in this case have decided not to do so (censor the album), so we unfortunately can not offer the CD," said spokeswoman Melissa O’Brien.
Walmart also sell movies and books amongst other things. I took a quick scan of their website and I noticed that they are stocking the latest Harold Robbins book (I know he is dead!!) and as we all know, Mr Robbins enjoyed putting erotic scenes in his books.
They also sell the Blueray of Closer. For those that have not seen it, Closer contains a hell of a lot of swearing, an incredible amount actually. If you are easily offended, don't watch the video.
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So.. if it is OK to sell erotic fiction and it is OK to sell expletive strewn movies, why is it not OK to sell a Green Day album or any other album with a parental advisory sticker?
Check out the offending lyrics here.
(It should be noted that this Monkey has enjoyed the writings of Mr. Robbins and really enjoyed the movie Closer. Oh and this little Monkey is not easily offended either.)
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