Thursday, November 23, 2006

Showdown at Newsagent's

Gah! Just had a (civil - I hope) row with my local Newsagent. We can call him Raj.

I have discussed with him previously the positioning of the lads mags (next to the sweets) but to no avail. This morning I noticed that Loaded had a 18 cert DVD attached to it and asked him if he would sell it to children. "Yeah, cos there's no age restriction on the magazine".
"But the DVD has an age restriction."
"Doesn't matter because it comes with the magazine."
"So you'd sell it to a five year old if they wanted it."
"Yeah. Would have to innit?"
"Um, no."
"I've got to make a living."

Legal issue: What the fuck is going on here? Talked to MWABH about it and he said legally it is no different to sticking a cigarette packet on a lollipop and selling it to under 16s. It's stuck to a lollipop so that makes it ok then.

18 cert (um, porn) DVD footage is being sold to children and it is sanctioned by law.

People! Get complaining! This is NOT ON. Loophole or what?

Raj then started muttering about women making lots of money from these mags and choosing to pose for them on their own steam, and basically it's all their fault that these mags exist. NO. Whether some women choose to take advantage of the demand to see them naked is NOT THE POINT. Men are making so much money from it and gain so much control, as a group, over women from it, that if no women chose to be in the mags, some would be FORCED to.

Parting words from Raj: "People like you in the minority though innit?"

Don't we fucking know it.


Blogger KATA LEVENO said...

Happy Happy Birthday

1:45 PM  
Blogger jo22 said...

Thank you. Wrong post though darling, birthday one is below. Do you have your MWABH t-shirt printed for Saturday yet?!xxx

2:29 PM  
Blogger stormy said...

*standing OVAtion*

Brilliant post, start to finish, word perfect.

4:05 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Well done you for tackling him!

Was lovely to see you at RTN - you have an amazing voice :) Sorry I had to leave halfway through, bloody trains...

11:33 AM  
Blogger jo22 said...

Good to see you to across the crowded pub! I'm sure we'll get to meet again. x

2:17 PM  
Blogger Whiztle said...

It is illegal to sell a magazine with an 18 rated film attached to it. Equally, it is illegal to sell a copy of the Guardian to an 11 year old if the paper has a free 15 rated DVD with it. Raj is in fact breaking the law.

7:19 PM  
Blogger jo22 said...

He doesn't seem to think so. Others must be doing it to. How do you know it is against the law, I mean, is there anything I can show to him?

11:14 AM  
Blogger Whiztle said...

Check out the BBFC website (British Board of Film Classification). I think that is where I first saw it.

6:55 AM  

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