Dutch supermarket chain cancels the promotion of blasphemous comic book

Dutch supermarket chain cancels the promotion of blasphemous comic book

THANKS TO A CITIZENGO CAMPAIGN 

 

- Michiel Hemminga, campaigns director at CitizenGO Netherlands: "After launching our campaign on Saturday, the signatures came in very quickly, so by noon on Monday there were around 22,000 signatures. That day the supermarket came with an official apology”.

NETHERLANDS, DECEMBER 4TH 2019.-  The Dutch supermarket chain Dirk van den Broek has removed all magazines promoting a blasphemous comic entitled 'Jesus Christ was a girl' from their stores thanks to the signature collection campaign launched by CitizenGO Netherlands.

 

The blasphemous comic book was being promoted in a free magazine spread exclusively in Dirk van den Broek supermarket stores. On the magazine’s website, people could enter a contest where they were able to win a copy of the comic book.


CitizenGO, after being warned by a member, launched a petition calling on them to stop promoting the blasphemous comic. The campaign reached more than 37,000 signatures in less than four days, which caused Dirk van den Broek to apologize and not only remove the contest from the website, but also pull all the already printed and distributed from all of their stores nationwide.


In the campaign, people demand Dirk van den Broek: “Stop spreading the blasphemous comic. Dear Dirk van den Broek, In the December issue of your magazine "Ditjes en Datjes" you promote a blasphemous comic with the title "Jesus Christ was a girl". We find this unacceptable. By promoting and spreading this blasphemous comic, you deeply insult your Christian customers. We urge you to stop promoting and distributing this blasphemous comic. Both on the website and in your paper magazine. If not, we'll go shopping elsewhere for the time being”.


Michiel Hemminga, campaigns director at CitizenGO Netherlands: After launching our campaign on Saturday, the signatures came in very fast so that by noon on Monday it had around 22,000 signatures (the final count is more than 37,000). That day the supermarket came with an official apology which made a number of headlines, including in the biggest national newspaper. They said they were sorry if they had offended any ‘readers or groups in society’. They also said they had immediately removed the competition from the website where you could win the blasphemous comic”. The campaigns director of CitizenGO in the Netherlands is grateful for the citizen support the campaign has received.


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