It appears that the all-mighty Wal-Mart may be softening on its ban of cds with explicit lyrics. Record labels are pressuring the #1 music retailer to start selling their explicit cds, especially the hard rock and rap labels. Wal-Mart has had this ban for as long as I can remember and it always seemed a little silly to me. All the cashiers have to do is card the buyer. If the buyer is 18 then they can purchase the “dirty” cd. No big deal.
Back in the day when the Guns n Roses' Use Your Illusions came out, I went to my favorite local record store to purchase them. This was around the time that this whole explicit lyrics sticker hit the industry. I had recently bought a 2 Live Crew tape there (don’t ask, I was young and dumb). I picked up the GnR cds and the cashier boy would not let me buy them because I was only 16. Is that so hard? That seems like a pretty good way to keep filth out of our children’s hands. I did however pay some dude $5 to go and buy them for me, but maybe kids these days are not as ingenuitive as I am, or something like that.
Instead of Wal-Mart being the defender of decency, they could dominate all other music stores in sales if they sold “nasty” cds. It’s not enough for Wal-Mart to drive out all local business, like grocery stores and other mom and pops, why wouldn’t they want to also drive out all the music stores that make all their money off indie and explicit cds?
I find Wal-Mart very hypocritical on many issues, but especially on this issue. Wal-Mart is fine selling unrated DVDs. Apparently it is ok to WATCH on DVD what these cds are only speaking about. Do they have any kind of policy regarding selling R rated or worse DVDs? I’m not sure.
I also think that Wal-Mart is hypocritical in the banning of the sale of magazines such as Maxim, Stuff, and FHM. Isn’t it weird that at my local Wal-Mart, you can go to the magazine rack and still get magazines such as King and other Maxim type mags only these mags are seemingly catered to the black male? The OC isn’t exactly the urban metropolis that you would think. We have about a 2% black population; I can’t understand what Wal-Mart has against looking at scantily clad women of all colors. I, on the other hand, am an all inclusive kind of guy.
So, here’s what America wants. We want Wal-Mart to sell us sex and violence in all media forms. We want violent and sexual cds, DVDs, and magazines; this is America for crying out loud. All Wal-Mart has to do is tell all the workers to look the purchasers in the face and see if they are over 18, if they are sell to them, if they aren’t call the cops.
I am not sure if I made this clear throughout my unintelligible rant, but I loathe Wal-Mart. I hope they do not start selling explicit cds because I do not want them to make anymore money. Unfortunately they will soon realize that they can and in the near future don't be surprised to see a hardcore porn section in the DVD aisle, if they think they could make an extra buck.