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Oni Press Pulls an OKCupid, Protests Uline Support of Anti-Gay Legislation

Written by Jude Terror on Tuesday, April 08 2014 and posted in News with Benefits

Oni Press Pulls an OKCupid, Protests Uline Support of Anti-Gay Legislation

The company will no longer be purchasing boxes from Uline, both showing their support of gay marriage and saving one billion dollars in exorbitant shipping costs.

Source: Bleeding Cool

Last week, protests from within and without the company, most notably a high profile stunt by dating website OKCupid, forced Mozilla CEO and creator of the Javascript programming language Brendan Eich to resign. Eich was a financial support of California's Prop 8, a law banning same sex marriage in the state. It looks like OkCupid's protest, which consisted of displaying a message to web visitors for one day encouraging them to change browsers, was so successful that it's now spawning copycat protests.

Cue Oni Press, publishers of such comics as The Sixth Gun, Black Metal, and Scott Pilgrim, who have bravely stepped forward to announce that they will no longer be using Uline, makers of boxes, more boxes, and promotional Hall and Oates merchandise. I say "bravely because I've worked at companies that do a lot of shipping for years, and I've never even heard of a viable alternative to Uline. I guess you could get some boxes from Home Depot?

Either way, kudos to Oni for standing up for their beliefs. Uline's CEO, Dick Uihlein (we're not making that up), is one of the country's biggest donors to the Tea Party, and specifically a backer of the anti-gay Family-PAC political organization. No, we didn't bother to look it up. We're just going to assume that's the primary agenda of an organization called Family-PAC, and you know damn well we're right. (Update: we looked it up, and they also support anti-abortion legislation, so at least they have variety.)

Here's Oni's open letter, which is actually not so open since the only place you can find it is at Bleeding Cool:

So nice job, Oni, except for that part about not sending the open letter to us. You have our email, guys!

So, what do you think, Outhousers? Will this have an effect on a huge company like Uline? Maybe more companies will follow suit. Or maybe Oni should start up a dating site!


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