Is Blockbusters homophobic?

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    Nov 20, 2007 4:50 PM GMT
    I went in to my neighborhood Blockbusters to rent "The Laramie Project" and it wasn't carried in the store. In fact, it wasn't carried in any stores in Northern Virginia. I am wondering if anyone has heard anything about Blockbusters being homophobic.
  • SpartanJock

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    Nov 20, 2007 7:12 PM GMT
    I have a friend who was a manager for a Blockbuster store. He wasn't exactly clear on why he left, but I did get the impression it was because of his sexual orientation.

    I also know that they stopped carrying alot of LGBT interest films and no longer have this special interest section.

    Hollywood Video on the other hand, is pretty forward thinking, however no special interest section. You can also join Netflix, which is in all actuality inexpensive.
  • BlackJock79

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    Nov 20, 2007 7:44 PM GMT
    The BlockBuster I used to go to when I lived in the Mid-West had all kinds of gay movies. I haven't been in the blockbuster around here though, I live in NC and I seriously doubt they would have any gay titles in the "bible belt". icon_rolleyes.gif I am planning on joining NexFlix though, I hear they have a great selection..
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    Nov 20, 2007 7:53 PM GMT
    The BlockBuster in Winston-Salem has a lot of gay titles, and they are mixed in with the appropriate genres. Things like After the Fall, Motorcycle Diaries, etc. I don't expect them to have stuff much gayer than that (they don't have straight stuff that's very explicit either).
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    Nov 20, 2007 8:24 PM GMT
    This is interesting guys. Northern Virginia is hardly a backwater area. Maybe it is a regional manager's decision. Or maybe some fundamentalist religious group protested and they pulled the title(s) quietly.

    I have written Blockbuster. Let's see how they respond.
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    Nov 20, 2007 11:17 PM GMT
    Blockbuster is owned by a super christian corp. that donates heavily to the GOP. So, it is a sort of homophobia.

    However, some do carry gay titles. The one near my apartment has a ton because of all the local demographic. It sells, so it is good buisness.
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    Nov 21, 2007 1:52 AM GMT
    Hmmmmm....Paradox is the go-to person for corporate ownership info. Paradox can you tell me anything about who owns Blockbuster?
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    Nov 21, 2007 1:55 AM GMT
    Caslon I'm not clear - did you mean it WASN'T available or that it WAS?? I ask because your post says it was but t I think you meant it was NOT available. Am I right?
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    Nov 21, 2007 2:04 AM GMT
    Righty-o, dear. And I missed negating the verb twice. That is, unfortunately, a common error I make. I guess the brain has moved on before I finish typing the verb and the "nt" just doesnt make it.

    thanks for pointing it out, my appledumplinghoneydewfrostedfoofoocupcake ... icon_eek.gif ... icon_lol.gif
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    Nov 21, 2007 3:41 AM GMT
    Depends where you are, I think. When I lived in Richmond Virginia the Blockbuster store not only didn't carry gay titles, it didn't carry any titles suggestive of...well...S - E - all.

    The Blockbuster nearest me now in Fort Lauderdale has an entire section, two full aisles, labeled "Community Favorites"...all LGBT titles.
  • GeorgeNJ

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    Nov 21, 2007 3:46 AM GMT
    I was surprised to hear about Blockbuster in your area because, as you say, it's not at all lacking in being cosmopolitan. Here in NE NJ, I have not seen any tendency to avoid gay movies at B'buster. Even here in my fairly-republican home town, there are some gay movies available.

    Caslon, you need to move to the more cultured NJ! LOL
  • Alan95823

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    Nov 21, 2007 3:49 AM GMT
    This thread reminds me of that story 10 or more years ago, about a small town sheriff demanding a list of all customers who'd rented gay-themed movies... he then went around town arresting the bad evil homos for sodomy.

    Could have been an urban legend, but it was so long ago I don't know if there was a way to check at the time. I seem to recall a friend of a friend who used to work for Blockbuster confirming that it was true.
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    Nov 21, 2007 3:56 AM GMT
    I went to my local Blockbuster and asked where thier gay Porn section was. I complained when I found out they didnt have a section. But the cute guy told me where I could find some in town, gave me the address (and his number)icon_twisted.gif
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    Nov 21, 2007 3:57 AM GMT
    They have a ton of gay movies at mine...

    But they don't have shortbus. It kind of sucks because I want to see it.
  • UTB1

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    Nov 21, 2007 4:01 AM GMT
    Blockbuster is owned by Viacom the same company that owns Paramount Pictures,MTV and several other media organizations. Not what I would consider an uptight religious right organization. I think Sumner Redstone the CEO of Viacom is a big Democratic Party contributor.
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    Nov 21, 2007 4:12 AM GMT
    I would point you to the HRC Buying for Equality Guide on this one, but it appears that Blockbuster didn't respond to questions about its corporate practices towards GLBT persons. I'm of no help, since I am a Netflix user and just get my movies (from their massive collection) in the mail.
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    Nov 21, 2007 6:55 AM GMT
    There are a ton of gay movies at my local blockbusters.I think it's just where you live. You could always request it. Have you tried that? My roommate used to work for blockbusters and I know they can get a movie there if you suggest it.
  • DiFuego

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    Nov 21, 2007 8:51 AM GMT
    the blockbuster near my house carries all kinds of gay movies. I even know a gay guy that works there. It probably depends on where u live.
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    Nov 21, 2007 9:52 AM GMT
    Heaps of Gay titles here,in fact all inner city suburbs carry a great range.It seems to depends where you live and if there's a market to hire the movies they rent.Simple supply and demand.Anyways,who needs to hire movies or buy music these days?.
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    Nov 30, 2007 2:35 AM GMT
    nah...they are not homophobic...I think with any is like supply and demand type deal...I am nott too sure about virginia and the gay scene, but I would think that you folks might not have too much demand for queer in Jersey, we got a lot of MOS...LOL so, there are a lot of queer flicks you can choose from, they even have Queer as Folks on DVD, and the mangers of my local Block Buster are really gay! LOL!
  • phill

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    Nov 30, 2007 2:49 AM GMT
    i worked for a blockbuster part time to suppliment my income for 3 months. During their training they talked about human rights and how under that heading homosexual rights are respected. Basically blockbuster is a supply and demand store. if a title does well they keep it, if it is not rented they take it off their shelves. So if you are suffering from a lack of titles let the manager know. They have the ability to order them if the demand is large enough. Also i they donate to a few gay charities under their charity organizations tax write off thingie. i most likely still have their employee manual if you want me to check on the names of the things they contribute to.

    the general and regional manager have a large say about whats in their store so they if they are homophobic could be making it so that gay titles do not wind up in that store.

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    Nov 30, 2007 3:05 AM GMT
    Its been out for five years and I've found blockbuster only like current or popular titles. I own the movie and it very good. I've gone to netflix..much better
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    Nov 30, 2007 3:50 AM GMT
    Here are the email Blockbuster and I have exchanged so far. I am waiting to hear from their corporate headquarters per Mary.


    Is Blockbusters Homophobic?

    11/20/2007 11:00 AM

    I went into my neighborhood Blockbusters here in Northern Virginia to rent "The Laramie Project" and I was told that the store doesn't carry it. In fact, after checking, the clerk told me none of the stores in Northern Virginia carry it. I was shocked. Is Blockbusters homophobic? Why isn't this video carried anywhere in NoVA?

    Dear valued BLOCKBUSTER Rewards Member,

    Thank you for your e-mail regarding the movie The Laramie Project.

    Thank you for your interest in BLOCKBUSTER to meet your entertainment needs The versions that are available at the local stores are not always chosen by BLOCKBUSTER. There are several deciding factors that BOCKBUSTER uses to decide which movies are carried. I apologize that the particular movies that you were looking for was not available at your local stores. You can do a general search for any movies of interest on the website by using the movies link. However the online program has this movie available through Total Access.

    If you have any additional concerns regarding the BLOCKBUSTER Rewards Membership, you may contact the BLOCKBUSTER Rewards Member Service Center at 1-800-406-6843 or by e-mail at



    Dear Megan,

    Your reply didn't answer my question. Does Blockbuster have a policy written, unwritten, or in any other way understood to discriminate against movies with homosexual content or of general gay interest?

    Whom may I contact concerning the decisions made for stocking films in the Northern Virginia area?

    I am truly astounded by this apparent discrimination against gay interests in such a large company as Blockbusters. Well, there is a Hollywood's store nearby too.

    I hope to receive a more gay-affirmative reply.


    November 22/07

    Dear valued BLOCKBUSTER Member,

    Thank you for your e-mail concerning the selection of movies in one of our BLOCKBUSTER stores. Customer feedback is very important to us and we are glad you took the time to write. At BLOCKBUSTER, we realize that nothing is more important than our customers. We are dedicated to creating and maintaining an outstanding level of customer service.

    First, we would like to apologize for the situation that motivated you to contact us. We have made the Corporate office aware of your disappointment with the movie selection in our BLOCKBUSTER stores. You will receive a response from Corporate as soon as possible. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.

    Thank you for letting us know how we can better meet your entertainment needs. We take your comments very seriously and welcome them, as a valuable tool needed to improve the quality of service. We hope you will give us another opportunity to serve your entertainment needs. If you need further assistance, please contact BLOCKBUSTER Customer Care at 1-800-406-6843 or send us an e-mail at

  • phill

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    Dec 09, 2007 7:40 AM GMT
    you have to love form mail. lol.
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    Dec 09, 2007 7:46 AM GMT
    The hollywood video in my area wouldn't let me rent latter days without me first calling my parents for permission LOL

    Guess that's what I get for going to highschool with the spazz behind the counter icon_biggrin.gif (mom gave him one hell of a verbal spanking!)