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plastique
12-12-2004, 16:03
Wal-Mart Sued Over Evanescence Lyrics

HAGERSTOWN, Md. (AP) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc. (WMT), which promotes itself as a seller of clean music, deceived customers by stocking compact discs by the rock group Evanescence that contain the f-word, a lawsuit claims.

The hit group's latest CD and DVD, "Anywhere But Home," don't carry parental advisory labels alerting potential buyers to the obscenity. If they did, Wal-Mart wouldn't carry them, according to the retailer's policy.

But the lawsuit claims Wal-Mart knew about the explicit lyrics in the song, "Thoughtless," because it censored the word in a free sample available on its Web site and in its stores.

The complaint, filed Thursday in Washington County Circuit Court, seeks an order requiring Wal-Mart to either censor or remove the music from its Maryland stores. It also seeks damages of up to $74,500 for each of the thousands of people who bought the music at Wal-Marts in Maryland.

I don't want any other families to get this, expecting it to be clean. It needs to be removed from the shelves to prevent other children from hearing it," said plaintiff Trevin Skeens of Brownsville.

Skeens said he and his wife, Melanie, let their daughter buy the music for her 13th birthday and were shocked when they played it in their car while driving home.

Wal-Mart, of Bentonville, Ark., has no immediate plans to pull the CDs from its shelves, spokesman Guy Whitcomb told The (Hagerstown) Herald-Mail. He said the company will investigate the allegations. No hearing dates have been set.

"While Wal-Mart sets high standards, it would not be possible to eliminate every image, word or topic that an individual might find objectionable," Whitcomb told the newspaper.

He told the Herald-Mail that the song sample online was censored by Walmart.com, a separate division of Wal-Mart.

Whitcomb didn't return telephone calls Friday from The Associated Press.

The lawsuit also names as defendants Wind-up Records LLC, the New York-based company that recorded the music and decided not to apply parental-advisory stickers; and distributor BMG Entertainment, a subsidiary of Sony BMG Music Entertainment, of New York.

Sony BMG declined to comment on the lawsuit. Wind-up didn't return calls from the AP.

The Skeens' lawyer, Jon D. Pels of Bethesda, said he aims to "take this case national, even if that means going state by state."

He dismissed Whitcomb's suggestion that Wal-Mart stores didn't know about the censored version of the song. "They are a multimillion-dollar corporation and they certainly can communicate among their various entities," he said.

plastique
12-12-2004, 16:04
can't we just take all the greedy little lawyers out and shoot them...well at least the ones who try to get rich off these lawsuits....Why are we the whiniest most uptight people on the face of the earth! when will enough be enough!

OMG my daughter heard the F-word on the CD! SHe is bound now for a life of crime and heroin!!!! there is nothing we can do to save her!!!

CaveMan
12-12-2004, 16:10
Originally posted by plastique
OMG my daughter heard the F-word on the CD! SHe is bound now for a life of crime and heroin!!!! there is nothing we can do to save her!!!

Of course you can save her !!!

Quick send her to a remote pasific island where;

1. No TV
2. No Radio
3. No Newspapers/book/magazines
4. No McDonalds
5. No liquor/tobacco/drugs

Now she is kinda safe !!:eek: :eek:

yankee@moscow
12-12-2004, 18:22
Reason #1 that you should go home:

1. The Steelers are 11 and 1 and may go to the superbowl. And you are missing it!

lochnessmonster
12-12-2004, 21:35
Originally posted by plastique

OMG my daughter heard the F-word on the CD! SHe is bound now for a life of crime and heroin!!!! there is nothing we can do to save her!!!

What? Plastique, you have a DAUGHTER?

IRS_Runner
13-12-2004, 00:18
74K for buying a CD? :D I could feed Sudan for that much :)

capone
13-12-2004, 00:56
Wouldn't you just love the judge to force the plaintiff to listen to George Carlin for 24 hours straight?

plastique
13-12-2004, 11:00
Originally posted by yankee@moscow
Reason #1 that you should go home:

1. The Steelers are 11 and 1 and may go to the superbowl. And you are missing it!

JEROME BETTIS THREW A TOUCHDOWN PASS!!

Ahh the wonders of AFN! I have to do my visa run around superbowl time! Steelers are going baby! All you nay sayers and laughers Now it is i who laugh in your general direction HAA HAA HAA HAA

plastique
13-12-2004, 11:00
Originally posted by lochnessmonster
What? Plastique, you have a DAUGHTER?

can you imagine me as a parent...ooohhh sscccaaaarrrrryyyyy..

J.D.
13-12-2004, 11:03
Originally posted by plastique
can you imagine me as a parent...ooohhh sscccaaaarrrrryyyyy..


Why not?
You'd love having a little sister to keep you out of trouble.

yankee@moscow
13-12-2004, 13:04
Originally posted by plastique
JEROME BETTIS THREW A TOUCHDOWN PASS!!

Ahh the wonders of AFN! I have to do my visa run around superbowl time! Steelers are going baby! All you nay sayers and laughers Now it is i who laugh in your general direction HAA HAA HAA HAA

Uhhhh.....make that 12 and 1 now! :thumbsup:

jheisel
14-12-2004, 13:12
The funny thing is that Evanescence is Christian rock!

pengwn9
14-12-2004, 14:19
Is that why they're so depressing?