Censorship?

Censorship

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So I live in Boystown and I walk by Borderline Music when I go anywhere.  It’s a neat little store and I always dance a little when I walk by.  I’ve never had a single problem with any of the displays.  I guess someone did.

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I saw this calendar–and the cover-up note note–as I walked by.  I talked to the owner, Scott, and he gave me the scoop.  An elderly lady came into the store a few days ago and complained about the “pornography” in the window.  She complained for a few hours, and Scott refused to take it down.  As a compromise, he put up the sign.

Personally, I think this is bullshit.  If you don’t like the sign, don’t patronage the damn store.  Any other opinions?

8 Comments so far

  1. Cherry Ride (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 4:23 pm

    Ditto.
    I wonder how many other stores along Halsted she found “pornographic.” She was probably in and out of stores there all day.


  2. Greg Scollan (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 4:53 pm

    even more absurd is the fact that the model is only wearing boxers. If that offends her, i guess abercrombie fitch and other big chain retailers must really offend her. move to goldcoast..or hell, move to schaumberg. then she should try getting laid.


  3. The Local Tourist (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 5:39 pm

    What does she do during Pride parade? Or Market Days? Or for that matter, does she complain for hours about the displays in the Gap down the street of bras & underwear? What about the magazine covers of women wearing bikinis at Walgreens, CVS, Jewel, the corner convenience store?

    Wow. Kudos to Borderline for putting up the note.


  4. The Local Tourist (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 5:41 pm

    What does she do during Pride parade? Or Market Days? Or for that matter, does she complain for hours about the displays in the Gap down the street of bras & underwear? What about the magazine covers of women wearing bikinis at Walgreens, CVS, Jewel, the corner convenience store?

    Wow. Kudos to Borderline for putting up the note.


  5. Dave! (unregistered) on November 7th, 2006 @ 6:56 pm

    The sign is great… but it still caves to her demand. He should post the sign next to it, with an arrow, and the disclaimer, “Some people THINK we should censor this cover…”


  6. steven (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 8:02 am

    So they just caved and that’s it? They should have stood their ground…and if the woman refused to leave after a couple of hours, throw her out. And if she’s pestering customers or making a scene, call the cops. It’s only a picture, for christ’s sake.

    I sure hope she voted. If not, this world just doesn’t make any sense.


  7. scott (unregistered) on November 8th, 2006 @ 2:06 pm

    We didn’t cave- never would. she wanted it taken down but we refused. and she didn’t stay for a couple of hours – i would have personally thrown her out on her ass – it was only about 15 minutes. i kept walking away from her to help customers – pissing her off even more. I Love the idea of the sign next to the calendar! THANKS — i will change that right now. Pls Post your comments and let us know at the store. http://www.borderlinemusic.com
    Thanks for all everyone who has supported our decision and merchandise.
    Chicago’s boystown ROCKS! Madonna would be proud.


  8. Thomas (unregistered) on November 16th, 2006 @ 3:07 pm

    It just shows you how f’d up this country is, when the voice of the one can crush the voice of the many.

    Thank you for the chain stores for allowing censorship. Honestly, how is seeing some hot guy in boxers pornographic? I think it was the dirty thoughts the old lady was having that were pornographic!



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