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  A Miserable Voice...

Australian Woolworths starts selling vibrators but soon capitulates to nutter pressue


Link Here 29th September 2013
woolworths logoWoolworths was the first Australian supermarket chain to sell battery-powered sex toys. But the move was short lived as the shop soon bowed to the inevitable nutter protests.

While manufacturer Durex hailed the move as a game changer for the industry , the store soon performed a U-turn, clearing thousands of the products off shelves. These seems to be a response to a large Christian group calling for a nationwide boycott of its stores.

Roslyn Phillips, a campaigner from Christian advocacy group FamilyVoice Australia, said sex toys belong in sex shops. She spouted:

Society is already suffering massive problems with young children being over-sexualised ... this move by Woolies just makes the problem worse.

I, personally, would not patronise Woolies while this situation exists and I encourage everyone else to boycott them too. I hope parents will let Woolies know how they feel and I hope they tell them they'll continue to shop elsewhere until these products are removed.

The Australian Family Association's Terri Kelleher, chipped in that the sale of vibrators was diabolically wrong :

Do we really need to be explaining to our children what a vibrator is whilst walking down the supermarket aisle? It completely undermines that parental prerogative as to when and how you raise these sorts of things with children.

A spokesman for Woolworths confirmed an email was sent to all store managers advising them to withdraw the products immediately.

 

 Offsite Article: Ann Cleeves Recommends Scandinavian Noir...


Link Here 29th September 2013
Bridge BBC 1 DVD Bestselling author whinges about gruesome scenes and the morbid tone of Scandinavian books and TV dramas

See article from theguardian.com

 

 Update: An Amoral Sabbath...

Elton John to play in Russia despite calls that he be banned


Link Here 26th September 2013  full story: Elton John...International tours censored
Elton John Collectors Biography Classic Elton John won't cancel his forthcoming Moscow show, despite protests from homophobic activists in Russia. The singer will go ahead with his concert on 6 December and hopes to be able to talk to some people at the Kremlin.

Earlier this week, the Ural Parents Committee wrote a letter to Russian president Vladimir Putin, asking him to ban Sir Elton's forthcoming gig:

The singer intends to come out in support of local sodomites and break the current Russian law. (referring to the country's bill prohibiting so-called gay propaganda).

The Union of Orthodox Brotherhoods referred to the scheduled concert as an amoral sabbath . Union leader Yuri Ageshchev told the Novy Region news agency:

The statement by this gay guy -- Elton John -- about his support for gays and other perverts during the upcoming concert ... is an insult to all Russian citizens. It also makes a mockery of our recently enacted law against the public propaganda of gay ideas.

Elton John said in an interview with NPR's Terry Gross:

On one hand, I [am tempted] to say, 'I'm not going and you can go to hell, you guys.' But that's not helping anyone who's gay or transgendered over there, he said. There are a lot of great Russian people out there who are outraged by what's going on ... as a gay man and a gay musician, I cannot stay at home and not support these people who have been to lots of my concerts in the past.

Update: The show goes on

9th December 2013. See  article from  bbc.co.uk

Elton John became the first major Western star known for his support of gay rights to play in Russia since the law was signed by President Vladimir Putin in June.

The singer reportedly interrupted his Friday show to voice his concerns about the legislation. He was quoted as saying:

In my opinion, it is inhumane and it is isolating

 

  Do we really want to teach kids that grown ups enjoying sex is something to be sneered at?...

Australian gender extremists get wound up by sex shops in shopping centres


Link Here 26th September 2013  full story: Collective Shout...Nutter campaigners against sexualisation and the like
sexyland logoAustralia's adult entertainment chain Sexyland set to move into traditional retail space. Sexyland owner Angelo Abela is in discussions with major shopping centre owners to bring his range of adult products to a broader market.  Abela said:

We would do it very tastefully and we would look very carefully at what we could put into shopping centres,

We're mindful of what we can show, what we sell in the premises as such and we would concentrate mainly on product which isn't restricted to adult premises. We would never go into it if it wasn't accepted by consumers.

In the face of increased online competition, Abela says the chain has focused on products other than porn:

We've concentrated more on lingerie, shoes, novelties and toys rather than the DVD section.

Abela says his company is focusing only on Victorian shopping centres for now and he expects an outcome by Christmas.

Comment: And Mediasnoops have kindly been following the inevitable nutter opposition...

26th September 2013. Thanks to Dan

See  Sex Shops In Shopping Centres? from  mediasnoops2.wordpress.com

 

  Rated PG for Priest's Guidance...

Canada still has a religious film censor classifying films by morality


Link Here 15th September 2013
mediafilm.ca logo A Quebec organization founded by the Canadian bishops more than 50 years ago to censor films will be re-examining its mission under a new CEO. The Communications et Societe board of directors has appointed Monsignor Pierre Murray, a priest of the Montreal archdiocese, to run the organization. He explained his role:

One of my tasks will be to make an accurate inventory of all the players in the media, to speak with them, to understand the problems we are facing and to adjust our mission to the needs and the mission of the Church.

In 1957, the bishops were concerned about all the movies playing in the theatres, Murray said in an interview. It serves the French-speaking communities in Quebec and across Canada.

So they asked a team of priests based in Montreal to look at those films, to tell which ones you should go to and which you should avoid. Little-by-little it expanded.

Though still linked to the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops, Murray is the only priest on staff among the eight paid employees. Among them are three professional movie critics who are trained to recognize the artistic value of movies, Murray said.

A baptized person with good specialization in that area has as much judgment as a priest would have. There is no need to have a priest everywhere.

MediaFilm.ca, one of its divisions, has a searchable database with information on more than 60,000 movies. While in the beginning the focus tended to be on ensuring Catholics would not be led astray, it has since changed to considering the artistic merit of movies.

In 1968 a priest invented a rating system to evaluate the artistic content. A one would be a masterpiece like Babette's Feast or Of God's and Men . A seven would be really bad, or pathetic, Murray said.

And Murray is not phased that few movies have any reference to religion, he believes that even if movie makers do not have a Christian point of view, they have assimilated the Christian culture.

When they produce their movie they are no strangers to Christianity because it is part of our DNA as a people. Even though they don't knowingly do something Christian, it has great value.

 

  Banning Bugs Bunny...

Indian muslim leader bans watching cartoons on TV


Link Here 4th September 2013
Looney Tunes Best Bugs Bunny India's leading Islamic seminary, the Darul Uloom, has issued a fatwa  declaring that watching cartoons on television is un-Islamic, and a violation of sharia law.

Senior cleric Mufti Arif Quasmi explained the ruling by saying:

A cartoon is a picture. Besides, it is not for the children. It should not be watched.

Some are not happy with the ruling. All India Shia Muslim Personal Law Board convenor Maulana Yasoob Abbas said the Darul Uloom was misleading Muslims and handing out fatwas on anything and everything, making a mockery of Islam . He said that the Islamic seminary had brought a bad name to it by giving out irresponsible and impracticable fatwas.

 

 Offsite Article: The Man Behind the Tits...


Link Here 4th September 2013
ukraine is not a brothel Documentary reveals that Victor Svyatski is the mastermind behind the scattershot feminist protest group, Femen

See article from independent.co.uk

 

 Update: Censored Horizons...

Thai TV serial causes religious offence and has to be censored


Link Here 2nd September 2013  full story: Thai TV Soaps...Kissing and catfights make the news
fah jarod saiA TV station in Thailand has agreed to allow government-approved 'Islamic experts' to censor the script for a TV serial after a small but vocal Muslim group whinged that the show 'misrepresents' their religion.

The soap opera Fah Jarod Sai (Desert Horizon) stars Thai actors in a romantic melodrama portraying an imaginary Arab-style royal officer who falls in love with a girl who is half-Thai, half-French, in a fantasy kingdom named Hinfara.

On August 22, a small, outspoken Bangkok-based group, Muslims for 'Peace', demanded Channel 7 cancel the series.

On August 24, in response, Channel 7's executives met Thailand's Muslim leader Aziz Phitakkumpon, who is the Chularatchamontri or State Counselor for Islamic Affairs, which is an advisory position approved by the prime minister and appointed by the king.

The Muslims for 'Peace' presented their complaint to Channel 7, the Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Ministry, and the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC).  The Muslims for Peace's petition claimed:

We are afraid that the lakhorn [soap opera] could eventually have large-scale and unpredictable effects on Muslims if the ICT Ministry and the NBTC do not cancel Fah Jarod Sai.

Apparently the complainants felt that it was misleading to show the Muslim religion allowing its believers to be cruel to women and children.

The station had already broadcast four episodes and had eight remaining episodes. These last episodes will now be censored prior to broadcast.

 

  Thailand Simply Does Not Know the Tangled Rules of Political Correctness...

Meanwhile Human Rights Watch stereotypes black people as easily offended


Link Here 31st August 2013
donuts thaiHuman Rights Watch has criticized a Dunkin' Donuts advertising campaign running in Thailand that features a model whose face is painted black to sell a chocolate doughnut.

Dunkin' Donuts Thailand recently started running ads for its Charcoal Donut, which features a model wearing blackface makeup and bright pink lipstick and holding up a bitten doughnut. The translated Thai slogan reads: Break every rule of deliciousness.

Phil Robertson, deputy director of the Asia division of Human Rights Watch, spouted:

It's rather incredible that an international company like Dunkin' Donuts would run such an ad. He claimed the ad fits into a long history of racist advertisements in Southeast Asia.

The chief executive of Dunkin' Donuts in Thailand told the AP that the criticism is just paranoid American thinking. CEO Nadim Salhani said:

It's absolutely ridiculous. We're not allowed to use black to promote our doughnuts? I don't get it. What's the big fuss? What if the product was white and I painted someone white, would that be racist?

Thai people have never treated black African people badly, they have never mocked them via minstrel shows or whatever, and simply do not have the background to understand why the West finds it so politically incorrect to have blacked up media people. Thais do call black Africans, 'chocolate men' though.

Similarly Thais have little knowledge or background about Hitler and Nazis and so frequently get caught out being politically incorrect with Nazi imagery.

Perhaps Thais need a few history lessons about when westerners have been real shits, and how they now use over-exaggerated politeness to try and plaster over historic wrongs.

 

 Update: Bad Choice...

Nordic Choice hotel replaces porn channels with videos of rotten fruit


Link Here 26th August 2013  full story: Nutter Friendly Hotels...Nutters campaign against hotel room adult movies
sam taylor wood rotten fruitThe Nordic Choice hotel chain is in the process of converting to Bring Your Own Porn (BYOP). It is in the process of replacing in room porn channels with contemporary art.

The chain's owner, Petter Stordalen has made ludicrous and defamatory claims that the porn industry contributes to trafficking. He said:

The porn industry contributes to trafficking, so I see it as a natural part of having a social responsibility to send out a clear signal that Nordic Hotels doesn't support or condone this.

Starting with his flagship hotel in Norway's capital, Stordalen has now replaced porn with interactive TVs in each room offering "art on demand" with a choice of nine works of contemporary video art, including Sam Taylor-Wood's Still Life from 2001" -- a film showing a bowl of fruit slowly decomposing.

Stordalen plans to roll out video art to other hotels, with Copenhagen next on the list.

 

  Viewers Warned of Offensive Disclaimers...

History Channel in Malaysia warned viewers that documentary about the pope 'represents views other than muslims'


Link Here 14th August 2013
pope from end ot the earthMalaysia's Film Censorship Board (LPF) has denied issuing any directive to satellite TV company, Astro, to air a disclaimer before they showed a biography of the Pope on the History Channel.

A disgruntled viewer had highlighted to The Malaysian Insider the disclaimer:

This program portrays depiction of religious figures and represents views other than muslims. Viewer discretion is advised.

The disclaimer was shown before Pope from the end of the world and then repeated four times throughout the programme.

A non-muslim complainant said that it was insulting:

Because the statement shows a deep insensitivity, as if a program about the life of the head of the Church is something on par with pornography or material of dubious ethical and moral value.

LPF chairman Datuk Raja Azhar Raja Abdul Manap said that the board had never circulated any instructions of this nature to TV stations before.

This is their (Astro) own initiative. A lot of TV stations come up with their own initiatives and policies when it comes to things like this.

 

 Update: Genderist Researchers Recommend...

Fifty Shades of Grey


Link Here 13th August 2013  full story: Fifty Shades of Grey...BDSM book scores an international hit
Fifty Shades Grey E James Fifty Shades of Grey , the best-selling tale of erotic romance, perpetuates the problem of violence against women, according to a new genderist study.

Reporting in the Journal of Women's Health , Dr Amy Bonomi concluded that emotional and sexual abuse is pervasive in the novel, with the main female character, Anastasia, suffering harm as a result:

This book is perpetuating dangerous abuse standards and yet it's being cast as this romantic, erotic book for women. The erotic content could have been accomplished without the theme of abuse.

The researchers, at Ohio State University, conducted an analysis of the novel and found patterns consistent with Centres for Disease Control and Prevention definitions of intimate partner violence, and associated reactions known to occur in abused women.

 

  Is it a healthy message for children that everything sexy must be banned?...

Australian Christian Lobby supports Melbourne in banning offensive sexualisation objects (or something like that)


Link Here 10th August 2013

melbourne council logoThe Australian Christian Lobby has predictably welcomed the decision by the Melbourne City Council to push for the banning of ads that supposedly 'sexualise' women.

ACL spokesprat Wendy Francis bleated that the initiative is a much-needed step towards dealing with the 'objectification' of women in outdoor advertising.

ACL congratulates Lord Mayor Robert Doyle for his stand against offensive and sexist imagery in Melbourne's public spaces.

This sets an example for other city councils around Australia to crack-down on sexualised advertising that threatens our children's innocence and promotes negative representations of women and girls,.

Apart from advocating for a ban on advertising that sexualises and objectifies women, the Council will also encourage the community to report such material. The plan also includes creating special safety zones for women in the inner city with CCTV surveillance, strong lighting and security patrols.

 

  Demanding Honour...

Canada store pulls feather headdress after complaints


Link Here 10th August 2013

hm indian headdressH&M stores across Canada have pulled an indian feather headdresses from their shelves after receiving complaints the items are 'offensive' to aboriginals.

Kim Wheeler, an Ojibwa-Mohawk from Winnipeg, said she first saw the $15 fashion accessories while shopping with her daughter last week at the store in Vancouver's Pacific Centre mall:

My first instinct was to buy all of them and throw them in the garbage. It's not honouring us. It's not flattering us. It's making a mockery of our culture. We just don't think it's cool.

Headdresses are worn by chiefs in some of our communities ... It is a symbol of respect and honour and should not be for sale as some sort of cute accessory. It is not honourable nor flattering.

People in my community have kind of been fighting that whole 'hipster headdressing' for awhile now.

Emily Scarlett a spokeswoman for H&M said the company received three complaints about the headdresses and quickly made the decision to remove them from the market.

 

  Fine Lines Between Mockery and Hate...

Facebook take down group page entitled Virgin Mary Should've Aborted


Link Here 9th August 2013

virgin maryA Facebook has taken down a group page entitled Virgin Mary Should've Aborted. The page had at its peak about 6,800 likes. The ban was likely due to complaints from Christian activists.

Created in February, the Mary Should've Aborted page included humerous pictures plus a mix of mockery and truth eg:

The bible is a load of outdated traditional horse manure and has no place in education, laws, politics or government.

Organized religion is a man-made tool to control society and justify oppression, currently dividing and destroying the planet.

The admins encouraged debate on religion and politics, explaining that if individuals are offended by their page then they should join it and offer arguments in response.

A Facebook group called Catholics & Protestants Against FB Religious Discrimination, has been campaigning for a ban. An online petition calling for its removal reached about 16,000 signatures.

Campaigner Cary Bogue spouted:

We're not trying to censor anyone ...BUT.. .this falls under the category of hate speech.

It's one thing to say we're atheists and we're proud of it...it's another thing to say his mother should have aborted him.

A new group page has now been created named Virgin Mary STILL Should've Aborted.

 

 Update: Social Blasphemy...

Turkey initiates mass blasphemy prosecution of posters on social network website


Link Here 8th August 2013  full story: Blasphemy in Turkey...Blasphemy repressing Turkish people

eksisozlukjpg logoProsecutors have charged Sedat Kapanoglu and 40 account holders with the blasphemy on the religious values of a society fraction due to their entries on Ekssiso zlu k, a popular social media website in Turkey.

Those charged face prison sentences from 6 up to 12 months.

Turkish blasphemy laws are framed with:

The purpose of protecting the sentiments of those who believe in God, religion, prophets, holy writings and sects. Individuals may certainly express their opinions and criticize certain aspects. However, they must do this while not hurting other people's religious sentiments. Therefore, nobody has the right to damage the respect of others towards their sacred concepts.

 

  Another Brick in the Wall...

Jewish group takes offense at being included in Roger Waters' symbols representing fascist regimes


Link Here 6th August 2013

roger waters pig video Former Pink Floyd bassist Roger Waters has been accused anti-semitism by a leading rabbi because of a prop used on stage during a recent world tour.

The musician, who is a vocal pro-Palestinian campaigner, came under fire last week after he floated a balloon of a giant pig emblazoned with several symbols considered to represent fascist regimes including the Crucifix, the Star of David, the Crescent and Star, the Hammer and Sickle, the Shell Oil Logo and The McDonald's Sign, a Dollar Sign and a Mercedes sign

The move sparked 'fury' within the international Jewish community, including that of Rabbi Abraham Cooper, of the human rights group Simon Wiesenthal Center, who branded the showpiece a grotesque display of Jew-hatred . He said:

With this disgusting display Roger Waters has made it crystal clear: forget Israel, never mind "limited boycotts promoting Middle East Peace", Waters is an open hater of Jews. The video is beyond shocking. The only books this bigot should be getting should be with the Mullahs in Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood.

But Waters almost immediately issued an impassioned retort on Facebook, in which he called Cooper's remarks:

So wild and bigoted they demand a response. I hold your outburst to be inflammatory and un-helpful and would suggest it can only impede progress towards peace and understanding between people. It is also extremely insulting to me personally in that you accuse me of being 'Anti Semitic, A Jew Hater and Nazi Sympathizer.

The Wall Show, so lamely attacked by you, Is many things. It is thoughtful, life affirming, ecumenical, humane, loving, anti war, anti colonial, pro universal access to the law, pro liberty, pro collaboration, pro dialogue, pro peace, anti authoritarian, anti fascist, anti apartheid, anti dogma, international in spirit, musical and satirical.

 

  Vulgar Protest...

Indian hindu nationalists pull down movie posters for Nasha


Link Here 28th July 2013

nashaActivists from the Shiv Sena hindu nationalist party have been pulling down posters of Poonam Pandey's soon-to-be released debut film Nasha.  The campaigners claim that the posters are vulgar and objectionable.

The party has forced the film's producer to pull down publicity posters in Mumbai's Lower Parel and Borivali. In an angry protest, sainkis burned posters of the movie at Mahim, claiming that they were offensive.

Akshay Bardapurkar, the general secretary of Shiv Sena Chitrapat Sena maintains that the party finds the poster highly vulgar and derogatory and won't allow such hoardings to be displayed across the city.

Aditya Bhatia, producer of Nasha, claims that he was threatened by party activists:

My outdoor publicist called up to say that Shiv Sainiks had made him pull down the hoarding. They found Poonam's posture objectionable. But my publicity stills have been approved by the Western India Film Producers' Association. So I am not going to pull the other hoardings down. I am even thinking of filing a complaint.

 

  Localisation...

Indians 'outraged' by a statue of Mary and Jesus in local dress


Link Here 11th July 2013

indian maryA church in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand installed a statue of the religious characters Mary and Baby Jesus depicted as tribals, the indigenous people of the state. With dark brown complexions and sporting traditional Indian tribal clothing (white sari with red border, etc.), the statue in a church in the village of Singhpur has sparked 'outrage' from local Hindus and other non-Christians who have called for its immediate removal.

According to a report in BBC last week, local hindus conducted a march in the nearby city of Ranchi to protest the statue.

Bandhan Tigga, the chief priest of the Sarna Society said:

Showing Mother Mary as a tribal is a part of the larger design to make the tribal population believe that she was from their community and confuse them. One hundred years from now, people here would start believing that Mother Mary was actually our tribal goddess. It's an attempt to convert Sarna tribals to Christianity. If they do not remove it, a nationwide protest will be organized.

In response, Father Augustine Kerketta, a senior church official in Ranchi said:

What's wrong in this? It's just like the Chinese, Japanese, Irish, German or even the African version of Mother Mary and Baby Jesus.

 

 Update: Ukrainians Still Cross...

Femen leader gets asylum in France after cross felling stunt made her homeland Ukraine very dangerous


Link Here 9th July 2013

felled crossInna Shevchenko caused outrage among many in Ukraine when she used a chainsaw to fell a large cross in the centre of Kiev. She says she has now been granted political asylum in France.

She said the cross felling was in sympathy with the Russian punk band Pussy Riot who were prosecuted with the encouragement of the Russian church.

She has said she received death threats after cutting down the cross, which was, according to Ukrainian media, a monument to victims of Stalin's repression in the 1920s and 1930s.

Ms Shevchenko fled to France, where she has set up a branch of the controversial feminist movement and mounted a series of stunts, in which Femen members bare their breasts in protest.

 

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