Originally Published: January 19, 2004 7 a.m.
CHINO VALLEY – Spurred by Carrie Barnes, a group of local people are circulating petitions protesting the display "of sexually explicit movies" at Movie Gallery in Chino Valley.
The manager of the video rental store at Highway 89 and Road 2 North said the store does not carry X-rated movies, but does display "mature" movies that are R-rated. The manager did not want to give her name.
"Ninety percent of the movies on the shelf are R-rated," she said. The manager said there is a movie titled, "Doggie Style" on the shelf, and Barnes said the movie is near a copy of "Finding Nemo" and "George of the Jungle," both children's movies.
"My 9-year-old child can reach that video jacket," Barnes said.
The group calling themselves "Chino Valley for Families First" is circulating petitions hoping that the company will "remove the display of sexually explicit movies from open view of the public." The group believes the public display of "sexually explicit movie titles is not in the best interest of our children and youth."
Barnes said the group is circulating petitions, and interested residents may visit Mazy's gun and cigar shop at 396 W. Road North to sign a petition or e-mail Barnes at firstname.lastname@example.org.
They will collect signatures though Feb. 6, then use them to appeal to the responsibility of the Alabama corporation that franchises the local store.
Barnes said that a consumer relations representative from the corporate office told her it was "common practice" for the stores to display mature video jackets and that children do not have access to them.
But Barnes said that is not true of the Chino Valley store.
The "sexually explicit movie jackets are in view of and accessible to young children and youth.
"The businesses of our community have a responsibility to our children not to hurt them," she said.
Barnes said that when she saw the videos in plain view of supervised and unsupervised young people, she couldn't "sit on my hands. I had to do something."
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