This morning I was checking out the latest chatter on twitter and came across a couple of disturbing tweets, like this:
So I clicked on the link
and found this:
The product description reads (written by the author): “This is my attempt to make pedophile situations safer for those juveniles that find themselves involved in them, by establishing certain rules for these adults to follow. I hope to achieve this by appealing to the better nature of pedosexuals, with hope that their doing so will result in less hatred and perhaps liter sentences should they ever be caught.”
Let me translate this: HERE ARE SOME HELPFUL TIPS TO HELP YOU RAPE CHILDREN.
Over the next hour, the topic “went viral” on twitter. People started posting on facebook. Everyone was “retweeting” and “posting” and saying “boycott Amazon.” Check the twitter stream for #amazonfail and you can watch it implode in real time. (for you non-twitter geeks, go to twitter.com – go to the search box and type #amazonfail and you’ll get it)
One mom I talk with frequently on twitter was so upset, she was in tears. Two of her children are victims of sexual abuse.
I picked up the phone and called amazon.com. The people I talked to were very considerate and listened to my concerns. I tried to give them the benefit of the doubt — hoping they would pull down the book once they realized how angry people were (of course the fact it’s up there to begin with is a problem).
I warned them that a twitter swarm was happening and that they would likely be on CNN before the end of the day. The man I talked with sounded concerned, he promised to update me. And he did call me back within an hour to tell me that all the right people were working on it to determine if it fits their guidelines and if it could come down or not.
The book listing allows reviews from readers. I left one. It was deleted promptly. So were more than 100 others. As quickly as people were posting comments, they were taken down. I’m told that authors of books have the right to delete comments. Either way, it’s awful.
I then called the corporate offices and left a message for the media relations folks, following up with an e-mail asking them if they would continue to sell this book, despite the nature of the contents and the public outcry. I heard back from them this afternoon with their official response (CLICK TO ENLARGE):
I was surprised… I had hoped they would do the right thing. I just placed an order with amazon.com YESTERDAY – I am an active customer of theirs. I’m not anymore.
I have a personal policy of not slamming companies on twitter or facebook – complaining about long lines or bad customer service reps is usually not productive.
But today I revoke that policy. I am ANGRY. As a mother, as a woman, as a customer. I am MAD.
To say I’m sick to my stomach is an understatement.
You can call Amazon to voice your opinion 1-866-216-1072, reference the ASIN# : B0049U4CF6.
You can also choose not to buy from them. Your call.
***UPDATE*** As of a few minutes after 10 p.m. CST, the page on Amazon for the book in question is down. — at 10:30 p.m. it is back up. Perhaps it crashed from people all around the country looking for it.
Anderson Cooper covered it on CNN today (see clip)
and had Dr. Phil on as a guest this evening.
***THURSDAY UPDATE — The book was pulled down from amazon.com earlier today, however as of 4 p.m. CST there has been no official announcement from amazon.com.