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View Diary: Buy your homophobic, AIDS-mocking wall calendar at Amazon and Barnes & Noble today! (UPDATED x4) (261 comments)

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  •  Mine could not be posted. (7+ / 0-)

    Just got the email. I guess it's "profane or obscene." I'll try again and cut down the length or something.

    We do not allow profane or obscene content. This applies to adult products too.

    So here's the entirety of what I tried to say:

    1.0 out of 5 stars
    What is Amazon trying to say by selling this?

    December 27, 2011
    By Scottie Thomaston

    This review is from: I'm Not Gay, I'm Just A Sissy: Wall Calendar - 2012 (Paperback)

    This store is willing to sell a calendar that's mocking people with HIV/AIDS and is making fun of World AIDS Day - the day to bring more awareness to a disease that 33.3 million people worldwide are currently living with, and that has killed 25 million people worldwide. I'm not sure why Amazon would find it necessary to further stigmatize those living with this terrible disease. And I'm definitely not sure it's something to joke about.

    Beyond that though, this calendar uses well-known (and obviously untrue) stereotypes against gay people in ways I'd hoped we wouldn't have to deal with again. It really reads like something from the 50s or 60s. "I'm just a sissy"? "Sexual Confusion"? The oh-so-clever image of a biological male wearing make-up and typically female attire along with the "hilarious" statement that "not that there's anything wrong with that" (Hint: there's actually not)?

    This is disgusting and I'm nonetheless not surprised that someone might make a calendar like this. This kind of "humor" that's based on attacking a minority community pops up all the time. But it's quite disturbing that Amazon would choose to sell this. There are a lot of ways for someone to tell homophobic and transphobic materials all over the internet, if they must. That Amazon is the place that chose to advertise and sell his horrific calendar says much about their company - and none of it's good. I hope Amazon reconsiders and I wish thought the guy who made this calendar were capable of shame over this. Alas, I don't.

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    by indiemcemopants on Tue Dec 27, 2011 at 03:03:33 PM PST

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