According to the Chicago Sun-Times, the company rejected placement of PBS’ four-hour documentary “For Love of Liberty: The Story of America’s Black Patriots,” in which a Who’s Who of Hollywood is enlisted to document the history of blacks in the military.
But making the cut at the world’s largest retailer? “Thug Angel — Tupac Shakur,” a documentary of the slain rapper; the strip club-set flick “The Players Club,” and Dave Chappelle’s sketch comedy series “Chappelle’s Show — Season 2 Uncensored” were among 50 titles approved for the special promotion in entertainment sections.
“I think it was a slap in our face, as far as being war veterans,” said Vietnam veteran Ronald Price, an African-American South Holland resident. “I would never buy anything out of Wal-Mart anymore.”
As previously reported, filmmaker Frank Martin spent 10 years on “For Love of Liberty,” which features Halle Berry as host, Avery Brooks as narrator and the likes of Ossie Davis, John Travolta, Danny Glover, Walter Cronkite and Angela Bassett to provide dramatic readings.
“To not include that but to include the gangster rap things just seems crazy to me,” Martin told the Chicago Sun-Times. “It just defies logic. At a time when we need to influence young people with positive things, why would they not carry this amazing story?”
The retailer decides what titles make the promotion based on release dates, price and popularity, said chain spokeswoman Melissa O’Brien.