Walmart published an advertisement in an Arizona newspaper depicting a Nazi book-burning. The intent was to compare the censorship with a local proposition that would prevent Walmart from expanding its stores in the area.
They have since apologized and fired the individual responsible for the ad, but what humanity, what hypocrisy. The ad included this text: “Should we let government tell us what we can read? Of course not. So why should we allow local government to limit where we shop?”
In the mean time, Walmart regularly bans books and music the corporate executives feel is inappropriate. As a public corporation, they’re free to do that if it’s in the best interest of their shareholders. However, deciding that government’s attempted protection of small businesses is censorship and calling them out for it while self-censoring material they sell seems hypocritical.
Updated July 16, 2010 and originally published June 10, 2005. If you enjoyed this article, subscribe to the RSS feed or receive daily emails. Follow @ConsumerismComm on Twitter and visit our Facebook page for more updates.