Monday, February 04, 2008

Morning cup of stupid

Won't someone think of the children!? Socially-conservative wingnuts continued to cement their reputation as warped, twisted and sexually-obsessed goofballs last week in the UK, where a kids' bed has been removed from the Woolworth stores product lineup at their behest. Why? Because some pearl-clutching poltroon didn't like its name, "the Lolita bed":
"A chain of retail stores in Britain has withdrawn the sale of beds named Lolita and designed for six-year-old girls after furious parents pointed out that the name was synonymous with sexually active pre-teens. said staff who administer the web site selling the beds were not aware of the connection.

In "Lolita," a 1955 novel by Vladimir Nabokov, the narrator becomes sexually involved with his 12-year-old stepdaughter -- but Woolworths staff had not heard of the classic novel or two subsequent films based on it."

Hey "furious parents", get your minds out of the gutter -- "Lolita" was a girl's name long before Nabokov wrote his novel. It's just a kids' bed, it's not as if it looked like this little bordello bassinet:

Is it any wonder Ikea gives all its products nordic-language names?