Facebook groups, Twitter trends, and activist groups show disdain for toy
San Francisco, CA -- (SBWIRE) -- 02/25/2013 -- The Maisto International Inc. Model Predator drone are selling out on the Amazon.com Inc's website as parody reviews point out how the toy helps children hone on their killing skills. The parody reviews are a clear mocking of the controversial usage of such real-world drones carried out by the United States.
Only one of the military-style jets is now available for purchase on the Amazon site, which is full of biting assessments as well as well-placed dark humor. “You can’t spell slaughter without laughter,” one pithy joker wrote.
The President of the United States, Barack Obama, targeted the use of drones to kill numerous suspected terrorists. That practice has come under considerable angry disdain from both Democrats and Republicans who believe the usage of the machines is inhumane. Obama himself did not mention the use of such drones in the State of the Union; however, he did mention he would continue a policy of “direct action” and then vowed to make anti-terrorism more transparent.
“Nothing teaches my child about how to murder enemy combatants silently and invisibly from the sky with no risk,” one review on Amazon begins. “Teaching our children to be familiar with a silent, faceless killing machine is the way to educate our children about the importance that is war.”
As protests movement begin to move into the digital age, Amazon is just a single website of the many who have used the vociferous anti-drone forums on the Internet. There are currently group son Facebook like Question Your Government, which has numerous persons giving their critique of the Amazon site. Posts on Twitter have also surfaced, including those from TechCrunch Inc. founder Michael Arrington. Such action by the CEO has been drawing some attention.
Change.org, which is a grass-roots activism website, gathered signatures for a petition asking the toy company Maisto to discontinue the drones.
“I will not buy this shameful toy, nor teach children to hate,” the petition says. “There is no glory in murder.”
Rick Berman, a director of product development at Maisto, declined to comment. Craig Berman, an Amazon spokesman, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
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