Thursday, December 07, 2006
Morals vs Money
Here's my dilemma... when is it OK to say, "you know I HATE that, but I can sell it."?
Recently we received a solicitation from Sideshow Toys for their premium format Emma Frost comiquette (as seen in photos here). Apparently, she's the first of a series of Marvel Babes comiquetts they're making. (I don't think this is the "official" name for the line, but it may as well be.) If you read my previous post, you know I wasn't super excited about the barely clothed Big Barda mini-bust. This statue is even worse. Seriously! She looks like she came right off of the cover of some adult magazine like Playboy or Hustler.
Now I KNOW that Emma Frost has often been portrayed this way. There are times where she's shown barely covered and what is on her looks more like it was painted on than being an actual item of clothing. That doesn't make it right! Wasn't Emma the head of a large corporation? A rich socialite? The head of a school for young mutants? Should/would anyone in these positions dress like she's been shown to dress? I REALLY don't think so. Even for a female super hero she's outfitted pretty sparsely.
Anyway, I find this statue to be offensive. I can't see having it in our store for young boys to drool over and other women to be offended by. Some comic book stores go heavy into these types of items, but we've always tried to be a store that most people can feel comfortable in. If you own a store that sells these types of misogynistic materials, that's your thing, whatever. But, we've tried to NOT be that way as part of our business model. But, it is Emma Frost after all, not some Penthouse babe statue, right? And, since she's often shown dressed like this or worse in comics is this really so bad? Comics often depict females that are scantily clad and they are seen in images that often degrade them compared to males in the same comics, so since we're already selling these, should I have a problem selling one little Emma Slut statue?
I KNOW that geek-boys will want this statue. Any time we have a female full-size statue they usually sell pretty quickly. This is the first of a series that will probably grow in popularity as it continues, and I'd guess that I could easily sell it once it comes out or hold it for a year and then sell it for even more. So, there is money to be made from this Emma. But, do I say forget that she looks like a total whore and is a completely offensive piece, just to make money? I told the Sideshow sales rep "no" on this item, but part of me keeps saying, "But she could be a money maker."