Conservative Group Demands Toys 'R' Us Remove Archie Comic Featuring Gay Marriage

Group Demands Toys 'R' Us Remove Gay Archie Comic

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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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Renee Miller from Tweed, Ontario is reading The Wolf Gift February 29, 2012 - 11:25am

One Million Moms? More like Pack of Assholes. My daughter loves Archie comics. I can't wait to get her a copy of this one.

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Brandon from KCMO is reading Made to Break February 29, 2012 - 11:26am

One Million Moms operates under an archaic back asswards mentality...and none of them are MILFs.

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MichaelJoseph from New York is reading Underworld by: Don Delillo February 29, 2012 - 11:42am

How is gay marriage too complicated for a child to understand?  Do these parents just tell there kids, "oh there is a gay couple, its a disease that you just can't comprehend right now."  Absurd, I don't have any empirical proof, but I'm pretty sure you can't catch the gay from reading a comic book.


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PandaMask from Los Angeles is reading More Than Human February 29, 2012 - 12:09pm

One Million Moms?

More like One Millions MILFs amirite?


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Typewriter Demigod from London is reading "White Noise" by DeLilo, "Moby-Dick" by Hermann Mellivile and "Uylsses" by Joyce February 29, 2012 - 12:18pm

As long as no graphic fucking is shown, there shouldn't be a problem. Republicans are born to bitch and wail. They need to be ignored.

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading Wanderers by Chuck Wendig February 29, 2012 - 1:43pm

Taking it out of Archie comics won't take it out of reality. These people are ignorant idiots clinging to the hope that they can raise their children in ignorance as well.

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like February 29, 2012 - 3:03pm

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Dorian Grey from Transexual, Transylvania is reading "East of Eden" by John Steinbeck February 29, 2012 - 8:48pm

I don't know that much about One Million Moms (from the comments, I'm getting the impression that they're widely hated) but I disagree with them. Men and women can love each other, as well as two men loving each other and two women loving each other, and it isn't wrong for children to know this.

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DiatribesAndOvations March 1, 2012 - 9:40am

"Mommy, instead of protesting and boycotting today will you please take me to a museum or a library?"

Isn't it much more confusing to explain a blended family that involves kids from several marriages and divorces than it is to explain "those men have been in love for years and want to be married"? 

The kids really don't care.  These narrow-minded mothers are trying to raise their children Little House on the Prairie-style instead of living in reality.  It's really sad.

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Jason Honerman from Sioux Falls, SD is reading The Orange Eats Creeps March 1, 2012 - 12:15pm

This whole thing is just ridiculous. This "One Million Moms" organization needs to just stop. They are clearly no longer in the line of protecting their children and have become an organization for bashing homosexuality. It's just insulting.

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aliensoul77 from a cold distant star is reading the writing on the wall. March 2, 2012 - 12:46am

It's not like they made Archie gay.  It's a new character that they created. Although I always wondered about Archie and Jughead.