11/10/2010

Amazon Supports the Rights of Pedophiles

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One of hundreds of books I've bought on Amazon
Yes really. First thing this morning my friend Cecily shared a link to an e-book, "The Pedophiles Guide to Love and Pleasure" asking Amazon if they really thought it was ok to carry such a book. Reading the author's description of the book made my stomach turn. Just be to be sure it was legit, I checked the author's other books, which include "The Grand Delusion", a book about how God doesn't exist, and another book about sex and flesh. So I, along with THOUSANDS of other tweeters, called for Amazon to pull the book down from their site.

We tweeted. We blogged. We called Amazon to complain. We emailed Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. When many of us received similar responses from Amazon that they refused to stop selling the book because they did not believe in censorship, we began to alert mainstream media outlets and government officials. Mom bloggers did not take this lightly, at all. Many many bloggers removed their Amazon stores and affiliate links from their blogs.

I know of people who closed their accounts with Amazon today. I know people actually boxed up and returned Kindles and other recently purchased Christmas gifts. I was planning on buying a Kindle...not anymore. Annually I spend several hundred dollars on Christmas gifts at the site. Not anymore.

Amazon does not allow porn on their site, so they are already censoring. This is a really stupid business decision on their part.  I'm done with them, AND the companies they own, including Diapers.com and Zappos. That's right, I'm giving up on shoe buying from the best online shoe retailer in existence. I hope you will stand with me for what's right in this case.

6 comments:

Mainline Mom said...

Thanks for writing about it. I generally don't buy things on Twitter so I'm going to continue to do that. :-) I shared your story and I also shared the product link on FB earlier today. I also tweeted. This incredibly crazy and entirely stupid on Amazon's part. I need to blog on this as well. They need to take a stance on this other than censorship.

Mainline Mom said...

Thank you for taking a stand! :)

Mainline Mom said...

Now that the dust has settled, and Amazon has taking the book down, do you plan to go back to Amazon? I am curious how much this will cost them.

Mainline Mom said...

As far as I'm concerned, Amazon hasn't taken the book down, the site crashed from sales/comments. That's what happened last night, temporarily, and the news sites started reporting it as so. But then an hour later it was back. As of midnight last night it was still there. I'm waiting to hear something official from Amazon, and I'm not going back until then.

Even if they DO take the book down in the end, their response to thousands of customer complaints has really really hurt them, and my opinion of them.

Mainline Mom said...

I appreciate that they are taking the book down, but I can't say I'm in any hurry to use them any time soon. There are too many other instances of violent or hurtful products on that site. I'm pretty sure that 'retailer trust' has been lost as far as I'm concerned - and they're going to have to work awfully hard to win that back.

Mainline Mom said...

I heard about this. It's unconscionable that Amazon sells this book. I'm a big believer in freedom of speech - but when it comes to the promotion of child sexual assault I think we need to draw a line.

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