Walmart refuses to sell film on threat to free speech in America

Comedian Adam Carolla and talk-show host Dennis Prager are blasting Walmart for refusing to sell their political documentary, “No Safe Spaces,” which ironically highlights the erosion of free speech in America.

Newsweek reported Walmart typically carries political films by Michael Moore and other liberal film makers when they are first released on DVD. But the chain acknowledged it won’t carry “No Safe Spaces,” which is regarded as a conservative film.

Carolla told Newsweek it’s ironic that a movie “about the importance of allowing Americans to share ideas freely” was deemed unfit for sale at Walmart.

“You can’t make this stuff up,” said Carolla. “It’s a free country and Walmart is free to ban our movie, but our fans are also free to let Walmart know how they feel about that.”

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The film was last year’s No. 1 political documentary, based on its $1.3 million take at the box office.

“Americans are now used to this type of treatment by Google, YouTube, Netflix and Twitter. But Walmart?” Prager told Newsweek. “What a sad day. Millions of Americans trust Walmart, and the thought that they are refusing to stock one of the biggest documentaries of 2019 — a documentary on the core American value, free speech, which features people of all political backgrounds, no less — is truly dispiriting.”

WND reported the film follows Prager and Carolla as they visit college campuses across the country and interview students and professors, comedians and commentators on the left and right. Some have been victims of censorship.

Carolla is host of the world’s No. 1 podcast, and Prager is known for his radio show, columns and PragerU, which itself has been the target of censorship for its politically incorrect views.

The film also features dramatic and comedic recreations of life-shaping moments in the lives of Prager and Carolla, including Prager’s visit to the Soviet Union.

The film project began in 2017 with an Indiegogo fundraising campaign.

“Entitled snowflakes on college campuses raging and screaming every time they encounter an idea they disagree with,” the film’s Indiegogo page said. “These stories might be somewhat amusing if they weren’t such a dangerous indication of what’s to come. Trigger warnings, micro-aggressions, the suppression of free speech, and other illogical ideas born on campuses are proliferating and spreading out into the real world.

“Today’s campus snowflake is tomorrow’s teacher, judge, or elected official,” it said. “And if that doesn’t scare you, maybe you should reconsider. No matter where you live or what you do, if you don’t think they way they do, they will attempt to silence and punish you.”

Among the figures interviewed in the film is the popular psychology professor Jordan Peterson, known for his unrelenting stand against a Canadian bill that would compel politically correct speech.

See the “No Safe Spaces” trailer:

Newsweek reported the “No Safe Spaces” DVD is expected to be released on Sept. 15 by Mill Creek Entertainment.

Mill Creek also distributed the DVD version of “Unplanned,” the story of Abby Johnson, a Planned Parenthood clinic director who became a pro-life activist. Newsweek cited insiders saying 300,000 copies of “Unplanned” sold at stores nationwide, the bulk of them at Walmart.

The insiders said that while “No Safe Spaces” was popular relative to other documentaries, its $1.3 million take at the box office wasn’t enough to warrant selling the DVD at Walmart stores.

They argued that by comparison, “Unplanned” made $21 million at the box office.

“Walmart works hard to meet the needs of its customers by providing a broad assortment of products to choose from,” the company told Newsweek. “The DVDs sold in our stores and Walmart.com are based off data-driven customer insights and the content does not reflect the views of Walmart or its associates.”

Walmart said that while it won’t sell the DVD or Blu-ray disc of “No Safe Spaces,” it will sell the book and ebook.

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