Thursday, October 21, 2004
Walmart spooked by naked supreme court justices
Consequently, there is something almost poetic about Walmart deciding not to stock Stewart's new book America: A Citizen's Guide to Democracy Inaction (Amazon's current bestseller) because it contains
a doctored photo of nine naked bodies with the heads of the Supreme Court justices attached.
The book also contains cutout robes, and encourages the reader to "restore their dignity by matching each justice with his or her respective robe."
Scalia would approve, but Walmart says it would be too much for their customers' sensitive constitutions:
... Wal-Mart execs felt that the shock of full frontal nudity might be too much for the unsuspecting shopper's eyes.
"We felt a majority of our customers would not be comfortable with the image in our stores," Wal-Mart spokeswomen Karen Burk told the New York Daily News.
This is unlikely to have any negative impact on sales. A recent survey found that Daily Show viewers are educated, affluent and politically aware, so they are more likely to know the real cost of shopping at Walmart.