Conservative Group Demands Toys 'R' Us Remove Archie Comic Featuring Gay Marriage
Conservative group One Million Moms is demanding that Toys 'R' Us stop selling an issue of Archie Comics that depicts a (gasp!) gay marriage.
Clearly, these are the end times.
In issue 16 of the Life with Archie series, the comic's first openly gay character gets married to his boyfriend. One Million Moms (an organization which, by a few accounts, has less than 40,000 members) drafted up a form letter parents can send to the store. Here's an excerpt:
Unfortunately, children are now being exposed to same-sex marriage in your toy store. This is the last place a parent would expect to be confronted with questions from their children on topics that are too complicated for them to understand. Issues of this nature are being introduced too early and too soon, which is becoming extremely common and unnecessary.
One Million Moms previously tried to boycott JC Penny for hiring Ellen DeGeneres, a known gay, as its spokeswoman. The retail giant stuck with Ellen, who addressed the controversy on her show (you should watch the video, it's brilliant).
For the record, One Million Moms is a ministry of the American Family Association, which was labeled as a hate group in November 2010 by the Southern Poverty Law Center, for its "propagation of known falsehoods and demonizing propaganda."
So what do you think, folks? Is this a topic that's too hot for Toys 'R' Us?
Or should everyone just calm down about gay marriage now that Archie Andrews, American pop culture's most wholesome character, has embraced it?
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