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Springsteen Sells Out -- To Wal-Mart!

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Isn't Bruce Springsteen a pro-labor, small-town, union supporting guy? Then why will The Boss' Greatest Hits be released exclusively by Wal-Mart? Okay, its only his greatest hits, which you can download anyway song by song if you have the patience. But still, wtf?

There're a number of reasons Springsteen's move to sell exclusively through the mega-retailer is, um really confusing, if not down right contradictory to the Springsteen hagiography: The small businesses forced to closed when Wal-Mart comes to town; Wal-Mart's low wages and high employee health care which place a significant percentage of "sales associates" and their children on public assistance; and Wal-Mart's labor history in the US and abroad-including child labor, violations of state labor laws and anti-union practices in the US, and use of sweatshops abroad all seem to be things that fly in the face of Springsteen's caring public image.

And for those of us concerned about LGBT rights: In May, Wal-Mart's board of directors opposed shareholders who wanted to extend the company's anti-discrimination to include the transgendered. They were voted down by the shareholders--but still...

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