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What Vudu Users Will Lose Under Walmart


The retailer is known for its censorship. Don't expect anything different this time.


There's no reason to doubt it. Take a look at Walmart's "Music Content Policy":

"Recordings identified with the Parental Advisory Label may contain strong language or depictions of violence, sex or substance abuse. Wal-Mart Stores, Sam's Club and (collectively 'Wal-Mart') do not carry recordings designated with the Parental Advisory Label."

However, the policy has also been applied to recordings Walmart simply didn't like.

The company refused to carry John Mellencamp's 1996 album, Mr. Happy Go Lucky unless images of Jesus and the Devil were airbrushed out of the cover art.

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Walmart also refused to carry Sheryl Crow's 1996 self-titled album unless the following lyric in the song "Love Is a Good Thing" was changed or removed: "Watch out sister/Watch out brother/Watch our children as they kill each other/with a gun they bought at the Walmart discount stores."

Crow didn't make the revision, and Walmart didn't back down. Some estimate this ultimately cost her 10% of overall sales.

The movie Natural Born Killers by Oliver Stone was also banned by Walmart.

''Essentially, it's the sanitization of entertainment," Stone said at the time. "Studios like Warner Brothers (TWX) won't even release a film rated NC-17. They point to economic pressure from Blockbuster and Walmart, who won't carry those videos."

A final question:

Ever hear of a little film from 2005 called Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price?

No? Here's the description from the back of the box:

Filmmaker Robert Greenwald takes aim at the corporate giant that's come to symbolize big business in America -- Wal-Mart -- blasting the box-store Goliath for allegedly paying substandard wages, skimping on employee benefits and gutting communities. This hard-hitting, emotional documentary profiles the struggle of everyday folks from around the country who've committed themselves to fighting the mega-retailer.

It's available on iTunes, Netflix, and Amazon.

The one place you can't get it?

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