Toys ‘R’ Us is being threatened by a group who want the retailer to rid its stores of the latest issue of the famous Archie Comic books. In the latest Archie comic, Kevin Keller, an openly gay character, gets married to an African-American man.
The group One Million Moms claims that same sex marriage is too difficult a topic for children to understand, and therefore they should not be exposed to it in a comic book. Archie comics CEO John Goldwater said that the issue was created with modern times in mind, because we live in a world today in which openly gay people exist, and can enter into both interracial and same-sex marriages. He said have no intentions of removing the issue from shelves worldwide.
The Huffington Post reports:
Seemingly undeterred that their heated protest of JCPenney has done little to further their cause, conservative group One Million Moms has its sights now set on Toys ‘R’ Us.
As Right Wing Watch and Towleroad are reporting, One Million Moms has threatened Toys ‘R’ Us with a boycott because the toy chain is carrying the controversial Archie comics issue featuring the wedding of Kevin Keller, an openly gay character.
The group — a division of the American Family Association — writes on its website:
“These comic books are sold at the front checkout counters so they are highly visible to employees, managers, customers and children. Unfortunately, children are now being exposed to same-sex marriage in a 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.”
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