From WND:

Shell Oil Co. has determined “Playboy” and “Penthouse” no longer are pornography, but instead are “adult sophisticates,” according to a company statement.

The issue arose when the Florida Family Association contacted Shell about the sale of such explicit magazines at convenience stores owned by Circle K in southeastern parts of the United States.

David Caton, executive director of the pro-family organization, said his group asked Shell to require Shell-branded Circle K Stores to stop selling the pornography, as it has done in the past with other retailers.

The request, Caton told WND, has been made to more than a dozen major oil companies supplying fuel to nearly 150,000 outlets in the United States. And until now, Caton said, there has been virtually a 100 percent positive response.

However, Shell Oil Company has decided instead to change their definition of pornography, unlike all other major oil companies, to exclude Penthouse and Playboy magazines which are sold by Circle K Stores,” he said.

The confirmation came in an e-mail from Otto O. Meyers III, a Shell executive, who told the Florida Family Association those stores selling “Penthouse” are not selling pornography.

“In regard to your inquiry about specific Circle K locations, our investigation has concluded that these stores are not selling pornography as one would think the general public defines it, but rather ‘adult sophisticate’ magazines such as Playboy and Penthouse,” Meyers wrote.

Caton said that puts Shell in a crowd of one among companies who “no longer consider the hardcore content of Penthouse and explicit nudity in Playboy to be pornographic. No other major oil company has taken this position.”


Following Scott Ott’s style- this just released to the media -)

Following Shell Corporation’s pronouncement last week that it no longer considered the hardcore content of Penthouse and explicit nudity in Playboy to be pornographic, Shell executive Otto O. Meyers III today gave a similar rebuttal when questioned about Shell stores selling crack. “Our stores don’t sell ‘crack,’ but ’stimulating-candy-sophisticates’. Our serious investigation in the matter has concluded these stores are not selling what the general public usually defines as a destructive, viciously addictive illegal drug.”

The issue arose when police, emergency doctors, and a long line of politicians complained to Shell about the sale of the illegal, lethal drug at convenience stores owned by Circle Xtasy in southeastern parts of the United States. In just one week of its candy sophisticate sales, crime exploded in the region, when dissatisfied candy-sophisticate customers returned to Shell outlets for more and found the stores had sold out. Sgt. Boyles, of the Atlanta police department, confirmed the total of 50 armed robberies, 37 shoot-outs, and 3 arson fires that took place, leaving 84 people dead, including 5 passer-by children.

 

“To say that crack is a destructive and vicious illegal drug is a retrograde definition of crack, largely held by the general ‘uninformed and not Shell-sophisticate’ public,” said Mr. Meyers. He further added that the oil giant would be among companies who “no longer consider the brain-damaging power of crack and laws against its distribution as anything close to qualify it as a destructive, illegal drug.”

Until the present time, no other major oil company has taken this position. When criticized for their lonely position on the matter, Mr. Meyers argued, “someone has to take the lead in championing our customer’s demands. Although our competitors lag behind us, several of the world’s greatest drug lords concur with our decision and have applauded our initiative.”

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