Clean Up BPPA

a campaign to remove offensive rhetoric from the Pax Centurion newsletter

Stop & Shop Disclaims Pax Content, Continues Sponsorship

Responding to an alert to the content of the Pax Centurion, Stop & Shop representative Deborah Riley wrote:

Thank you for your recent email regarding the Boston Police Patrolmen’s Association (BPPA) newsletter. By placement of our ad in the newsletter we are not endorsing any of the editorial content. We appreciate your sharing your feedback with us and have shared it with our management for their information and consideration.

Thanks again for calling this to our attention so we could follow-up.

Sincerely,
Deborah Riley
Consumer Affairs Supervisor

Two days prior, another customer received the following response:

Thanks for your recent email sharing your concerns about our advertising with the Boston Police Patrolman?s Association. Please know that I have shared your feedback with our Director of Community for the Stop & Shop New England Division for her information and further investigation.

Thanks again for sharing the information.

Sincerely,
Deborah Riley
Consumer Affairs Supervisor

In other words, Stop & Shop is now fully aware of how racist, homophobic, sexist and wholly offensive the Pax Centurion newsletter is, but they don’t care. Even though having their ads in there certainly gives the impression that they support the content, they believe that by saying they don’t, it’s okay. They are choosing to keep sponsoring material which reflects a police culture leaving many people wary of how they will be treated if they ever have any interactions with law enforcement in Boston.

Do you shop at Stop & Shop? Perhaps you’d like to let them know how you feel about them supporting hate speech in an official Boston Police publication. Concerned customers can contact Stop & Shop through their web form or by calling 1-800-767-7772.

You might also choose to stop shoppin’ at Stop & Shop.

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This entry was posted on 07/09/2012 by in advertisers.

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