Well, that sure didn't take long. With the failure of the Republican party to secure any kind of relevance after the election, pressure is on to control the minds and entertainment of the masses in more insidious forms. Yes folks, the guardians of moral health are at it again. This time, you'd best watch what you read.
Today, Amazon.com announced that it was pulling some genre's of books from its search engine. Even though these books may be best sellers and have good size customer bases, Amazon will no longer display these titles when they are searched for in the rankings list. The books in question are of an “adult” nature. They can be sub classified as various types of romance novels and stories. But, the bigotry and hate circulating this country have crept into a book seller in an attempt to censor certain types of books.
The books in question will be any book that has a gay, lesbian or menage theme to it. These books do not have to have overtly sexual content, just the suggestion of romance and relationships, “out side the norm”, will be purged from Amazons lists when rankings of best selling titles are requested. Despite half hearted claims, this is censorship. It is also the beginnings of a slippery slope of censorship.
Today, Amazon decides that the best selling novel about two guys in a happy relationship, can't be listed. What's next? “Tom Sawyer”, because Tom and Huck go off together. What about “Of Mice and Men”? Many classic stories and books could fall under this heading, does Amazon plan to censor those from its listings as well? Recently NBC reported that romance novels are reporting record sales. Almost all books in this genre have implications of sex and not always between one man and one woman. How many more people do the blue nose idiots plan to put out of work on their march towards a theocracy?
I've said it before on this blog and I'll say it again. If you don't like it DON'T FUCKING READ IT! It is that simple people. Amazon is not going to come to your house, hold a gun to your head and force you to read a romance story about two women living together. They are not going to come to your job, tie you to a chair and read you a tale of two guys trying to discover their relationship together. No one is going to stake you out and make you listen to a reading about the adventures of a man and his five lovely bodyguards. GROW UP ALREADY!
And to Amazon, guess what? You're supposed to be in the business of selling books, amongst other things. Not so good for your bottom line if you limit the number of titles a person can choose from. I don't know which one of you ivory tower morons came up with this plan, or cowered to censorship zealots, but you should be fired and blacklisted from anything dealing with publications and literature.
For more on the story go to: http://elisa-rolle.livejournal.com/593110.html and http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/in-protest-at-amazons-new-adult-policy