Monday, April 28, 2008

More Bad News We Can Do Something About

One by one, hotel chains, which provide a major chunk of revenues for feature porn companies, are yielding to pressure from anti-porn groups to remove sex vids from their in-room video menus. Marriott may be the latest. Here's the scoop from AVN:

Well, if that's the way the antis want to play, they're not the only ones who travel, patronize hotels and can put on the squeeze. Write to Marriott and other chains that have already caved and let them know, loud and clear, that you will not be enjoying their hospitality in the future, not because you like dirty movies (even if you do), but rather because you don't care to leave your dollars with companies that allow extremist organizations to dictate their policies.

Money talks. Make yours shout out.


  1. Spend your money only with those who will respect your that's a splendid idea.

    Not to mention, it shows the Un-Religious Reich that we can play the game, too.


  2. To make it easy on us and to insure the letters go to the right places, perhaps someone has some addresses for a letter writing campaign?

  3. Lisa,

    Good idea. I'll look into it.

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  5. Looks like Marriott caved:

    ashington - Don Wildmon, [pictured] chairman of the American Family Association, one of 47 pro-family groups lobbying Marriott International to make its properties porn-free, said the first face-to-face meeting with representatives of the hospitality giant on Wednesday was "productive."

    "I think we had a productive meeting," Wildmon told Cybercast News Service, "a good first step. We came away with two things that are going to be looked into and we'll meet again in six weeks."

    Wildmon said Marriott officials agreed to look into whether a change can be made in their contract with Lodgenet, the largest provider of in-room entertainment systems and content in the country, to make pornography inaccessible in rooms unless the guest requests it.

    "That would take I'd say about 80 percent of their sales away," Wildmon said, "because the vast majority of people would be too embarrassed to call the front desk and say I want the adult channel."

    The second consensus reached at the meeting was that Marriott, which has more than 90 percent of its properties individually owned through franchising, agreed to meet with owners to pass on the pro-family groups' concern over the availability of pornographic films in Marriott rooms and their goal of porn-free Marriott properties.

    "This is just the first step," Wildmon said. "This does not in any way diminish our efforts to get rid of porn movies, period. We established relationships. We got to know each other. We're going to begin working now to see what we can do, and then we'll go from there."

    The meeting was arranged in response to a letter Wildmon sent on April 3 to Marriott Chairman and CEO J.W. Marriott Jr., which was signed by 47 pro-life organizations from around the country.

    Four Marriott representatives attended the meeting in the nation's capitol and, in addition to Wildmon, representatives from Focus on the Family, the Family Research Council, the Southern Baptist Ethics Religious Liberty Commission, and Citizens for Community Values participated.

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