I don’t know if you’ve heard, but there is a bit of a controversy going on about some books on Amazon’s listings. People want them taken off because of the topic. What topic? you ask. What book is riling people up this week? Speak? Twenty Boy Summer?
No. A book on the joys of pedophilia.
Let’s just let that sink in.
Pedophilia is one of the most reprehensible crimes there is, and Amazon has permitted a book encouraging people to partake in it to be put up on their website. Brief aside: the book that started this has been taken down. But there are others, self-published of course, up there like rotten teeth that need to be pulled.
I’m all for freedom of speech, but this is advocating an illegal, not to mention disgustingly immoral, activity. It’s one thing if someone is writing about the benefits of marijuana. Smoking a joint very rarely hurts anyone (maybe they get dizzy and fall down a flight of stairs or something, but that’s a topic for another day). Pedophilia, however, is a sickness that pollutes everything it touches. And I swear, if one person tells me ever that people said that about homosexuality, you’ll read about what I do to them in the national news. An act between consenting adults is a far f*cking cry from the rape of a child.
And there are books up there talking about how “wonderful” it is! Amazon: what is wrong with you? These are books about one of the most depraved acts known to humanity! And don’t tell me everyone has a right to their opinions. Yes, they do, but you are a private company. Refusing to sell books on illegal acts isn’t going to ruffle many feathers. You have the right, damn it, to say no, and are powerful enough to throw off any lawsuits. Hell, the Boy Scouts are allowed to refuse membership to gays (I disagree, but they’re, again, private and can do what they want, no matter what I think; I won’t support them, but I won’t deny their right to say no). You’ll be allowed to delete this filth, Amazon. Don’t permit this to continue.
I’m not shopping there as long as any of these books are up. Christmas is coming, which will make it difficult, but I managed to shop before Amazon and I’ll manage now. I ask you, my friends, to do this with me because the voice—and patronage—of the many is greater than that of the one.
Goodbye, Amazon. I’ll miss the convenience but I won’t miss the cowardice.