One Million Moms, the conservative group which previously targeted JCPenney for hiring Ellen as their new spokesperson and Clorox for its “sexual” Liquid-Plumr ad, has extended its not-quite-one-million talons in the direction of Toys R Us, calling for a boycott of the chain over its stocking of an Archie comic featuring the same-sex marriage of character Kevin Keller.
The American Family Association-affiliated organization published the following statement on their website:
Unfortunately, children are now being exposed to same-sex marriage in a toy store. This is the last place a parent would expect to be confronted with questions from their children on topics that are too complicated for them to understand. Issues of this nature are being introduced too early and too soon, which is becoming extremely common and unnecessary.
Archie Comics CEO John Goldwater quickly issued a retort, saying, in part:
As I’ve said before, Riverdale is a safe, welcoming place that does not judge anyone. It’s an idealized version of America that will hopefully become reality someday. We’re sorry the American Family Association/OneMillionMoms.com feels so negatively about our product, but they have every right to their opinion, just like we have the right to stand by ours. Kevin Keller will forever be a part of Riverdale, and he will live a happy, long life free of prejudice, hate and narrow-minded people.
Toys R Us has yet to comment.
“TOO COMPLICATED FOR THEM TO UNDERSTAND”? WOW HOW ABOUT F—- YOU. KIDS ARE A LOT SMARTER THAN YOU MAKE THEM OUT TO BE, HOW DO YOU THINK THEY UNDERSTAND STRAIGHT COUPLES? BECAUSE THEY’RE AROUND. AND SOMEONE ACTUALLY TALKED TO THEM ABOUT IT. I’VE EXPLAINED MY GENDER TO MY FOUR YEAR OLD NIECE WHO GOT IT INSTANTLY. IT’S NOT THAT HARD IF YOU DON’T COMPLICATE IT. WHAT IS MORE UNCOMPLICATED THAN “MOMMY WHY ARE THOSE TWO BOYS HOLDING HANDS?” “BECAUSE THEY LOVE EACH OTHER” IT’S THAT SIMPLE
I USUALLY DON’T RAGE THIS HARD AT THINGS LIKE THIS BUT SAYING ‘CHILDREN ARE F—-ING IDIOTS WHO CAN’T UNDERSTAND WHAT GAY MARRIAGE IS’ IS THE STUPIDEST THING. HOLY SH*T. TOO EARLY AND TOO SOON? TELLING YOUR KID ABOUT MARRIAGE IN GENERAL IS NOT ‘TOO SOON’. WHAT.
KEEP BEING AWESOME, ARCHIE COMIC DUDES.
Hey, One Million Moms? Maybe you should actually SPEND TIME parenting your children instead of attacking a comic book that they might look at instead of Legos or Barbies or whatever the heck kids are into these days. Children are NOT stupid. They’re not going to *SHOCK GASP* become gay just because they thumbed through a comic book. SHAME ON YOU, you freaking hypocrites.
I WANT TO MOVE TO RIVERDALE WHERE ALL THE MOMS ARE NOT INSANE.
Lol gay marriage is about as complicated as straight marriage. Only difference is that it’s two people of the same gender getting married. Apparently these moms are too dumb to understand the simple concept themselves. I applaud Archie, and if I am one day employed there then I will feel extremely proud and honored.
If kids can learn over 350 Pokemon and which ones hurt which I think they can learn like all three marriage combinations.
Yeah, kids can be pretty clever. Often, they have trouble understanding concepts because adults present them as being far more complicated than they actually are, or fail to frame them in a familiar context. If you’ve had something explained really poorly by a bad math teacher (or explained really well by a good math teacher), you probably know what I’m talking about.