Friday, February 20, 2004


I feel like one of those Japanese soldiers found skulking in a jungle 20 years after the end of World War II.

In this case, though, it was only 17 days ago that Newbury Comics decided to stop selling “Bumfights,” a video of exactly what it sounds like. The people at the Homeless Empowerment Project, which produces the Spare Change newspaper, started a boycott of Newbury Comics that eventually attracted the attention of New England Cable News, and when the channel approached Newbury for a broadcast, according to a representative of the project, “they said they were pulling it from their shelves.”

In fact, it was “Due to the media circus surrounding these films [that] Newbury Comics will no longer be carrying them,” said Newbury’s Duncan Brown. No one was at the chain’s corporate headquarters in Brighton today for further comment.

So the system works, kind of: “Bumfights” is gone and Newbury Comics, having made a bit of money from selling it, can once again make money off the boycotters. Me included.

I surrender.

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