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Wal-Mart Apologizes For Nazi Imagery in Ad

Wal-Mart Nazi Ad.jpg

After a Wal-mart funded ad with an image showing a 1933 Nazi book burning accompanied by the headline, Should we let government tell us what we can read?" appeared in the May 8 issue of the Arizona Daily Sun, complaints began to flood in and now Wal-mart is apologizing profusely. The ad states Wal-mart's position against a ballot proposal that would prohibit its expanding a store in the Flagstaff area to include a grocery store.

Wal-mart Director of Community Affairs Daphne Moore said the ad was "reviewed and approved by Wal-Mart, but we did not know what the photo was from. We obviously should have asked more questions." Well, yes. People get all uppity about this stuff don'tcha know?

Written by Steve Hall    Comments (6)     File: Newspaper     May-15-05  

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Comments

Of course Wal-Mart didn't approve that ad. The original idea had a picture of "America (the book)" in a bonfire and the headline said "The government shouldn't tell you what to read or what to listen. That's Wal-Mart's job."

Posted by: Irony on May 16, 2005 11:23 AM

Any chance we might be able to see the copy on the ad?

Posted by: Pamela Hawkins on May 16, 2005 01:27 PM

And, Irony, if Wal-Mart didn't approve the ad, why are they apologizing for it?

Posted by: Pamela Hawkins on May 16, 2005 01:28 PM

Pamela,

The ad is the image in the post as far as I can confirm. I don't have a bigger image of it though. Click on it and it gets a tiny bit bigger.

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