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Muslim superhero comics meet resistance in U.S.
The Muslim-themed comic series 'The 99' has been blasted by a small group of critics of Islam in the United States.
October 5th, 2011
02:09 PM ET

Muslim superhero comics meet resistance in U.S.

By Dan Merica, CNN

Washington (CNN) - Naif Al-Mutawa anticipated a struggle when he launched an Islam-inspired comic book series that he hoped would become a symbol of toleration.

He worried about the comics being banned in Saudi Arabia - which wound up happening, briefly – and he expected to be challenged by conservatives in Islam, since Al-Mutawa wanted to buck the trend of Islamic culture being directly tied to the Koran.

But it wasn’t an Islamic cleric that stalled the series, called “The 99,” after the 99 attributes of Allah, which the superheroes are supposed to embody.

It is the American market, and the voices of Islam’s Western critics, that have caused the most problems for “The 99,” says Al-Mutawa, who is the focus of a PBS documentary airing next week.

In 2010, President Barack Obama called the comic books, which debuted in 2006, “the most innovative response” to America’s expanding dialogue with the Muslim world, which Obama has encouraged. The series features 99 superheroes from across the globe who team up to combat villains and who embody what Al-Mutawa calls basic human values like trust and generosity.

But Al-Mutawa, a Kuwaiti-born clinical psychologist and graduate of Columbia Business School, says a vocal minority have raised surprising questions about American tolerance of Islam.

Meeting resistance

The idea for “The 99” started during a conversation in a London cab between Al-Mutawa and his sister. It took off, although slowly, after Al-Mutawa raised $7 million from 54 investors across four continents.

The first issue was released during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan in 2006. The comic book was quickly banned in Saudi Arabia and Al-Mutawa received threats of fatwas against him and his project from clerics. But Saudi Arabia eventually lifted the ban and the television adaptation of “The 99” will be aired there this year.

Al-Mutawa and his team have now raised more than $40 million in venture capital for the project.

But when word leaked that The Hub, a Discovery Channel cable and satellite television venture, purchased the series and planned to air it in the United States, the response from conservative bloggers and authors was swift.

A burqa-wearing superhero?

Pamela Geller, founder of the Atlas Shrugs blog, called the series, part of the “ongoing onslaught of cultural jihad,” and created a counter-comic strip that made the 19 hijackers behind the September 11, 2001 attacks the superheroes.

New York Post columnist Andrea Peyser, meanwhile, urged readers to “Hide your face and grab the kids. Coming soon to a TV in your child’s bedroom is a posse of righteous, Sharia-compliant Muslim superheroes - including one who fights crime hidden head-to-toe by a burqa.”

According to Al-Mutawa, the criticism spooked The Hub. “All of a sudden we couldn't get an airdate and I was asked to be patient and we have been,” Al-Mutawa said. “But it has been a year and the actual push-back died down.”

Mark Kern, Senior Vice President of Communication for The Hub, told CNN that “‘The 99’ is one of the many shows we have on the possible schedule, but at this time, no decisions have been made about scheduling.”

Al-Mutawa isn’t shy about responding to the criticism his comics have received in the U.S. “There is nothing different from them and the extremists in my country,” he says. “They are just as bad. They are just intellectual terrorists.”

Geller, author of the book “Stop the Islamization of America,” called Al-Mutawa’s statement “ridiculous victimhood rhetoric.”

“He is the one mainstreaming oppression and discrimination,” Geller says. “I work for equality of rights for all people. So which one of us is the intellectual terrorist?”

Geller also takes issue with Al-Mutawa’s assertion that “The 99” exemplifies “moderation” and “toleration,” pointing to a “burqa-wearing superhero.”

But Al-Mutawa says criticisms of burqas are evidence that, “for some people anything to do with Islam is bad.”

“How cliché is it that characters created to promote tolerance are getting shot down by extremists,” he says.

Chronicling the ordeal

Al-Mutawa’s frustrations are chronicled in the new documentary “Wham! Bam! Islam!,” which will air on PBS on October 13 as part of the Independent Lens series.

The film’s director, Isaac Solotaroff, began shooting before the comic was released.

He said that one of the most surprising aspects of the story is how “a very small group of people who scream very loud, have a disproportionate share of the public discourse when it comes to culture.”

Echoing Al-Mutawa, Solotaroff calls it a case of the tail wagging the dog. He says that initial concerns of censorship in the Middle East began to change as the project progressed.

“We were waiting for a fatwa from a cleric in Saudi Arabia, Solotaroff says,” when it ended up being the U.S. market that has been resistant to “The 99.”

“Realizing that The 99 will not survive if focused solely on the Middle East, Al-Mutawa must now target an international and predominantly non-Muslim market,” reads the website for “Wham! Bam! Islam!”

Citing The Hub holdup, Solotaroff says the project is now stuck in the most important market” for “The 99.”

Al-Mutawa is also trying to gain distribution for his TV series in France and other countries, but his main focus remains the United States.

“One way or the other,” he says, “‘The 99’ will get on air in the U.S.”

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Books • Islam • TV

soundoff (525 Responses)
  1. imastarchick

    Well all I can say is I F*ing hate Veggie tales... the Christian version of this... They are imbecile broccoli and asparagus characters... so retarded and uninspiring to me (I am indeed Christian). Also the Hindu versions of superhero cartoons with sickeningly cute monkey god Hanuman running around makes me want to puke too. Hopefully 99 will be more engaging and creative than the other religious themed cartoons on the planet. Good luck to you Al Mutawa... its a tough market regardless of your affiliation!

    October 5, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
    • *frank*

      But asparagus and broccoli are rich in healthful minerals!

      October 5, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
    • steveinmo

      Uh, imastarchick. How old are you? There might be good reason you don't like veggie tales, it's for small kids. I don't like Barney, but I'm not 10, I'm 50 and it's not marketed to me... Bad comparison...

      October 5, 2011 at 6:22 pm |
  2. dudenheimer

    I think the question is who the villains in the comic book will be.

    October 5, 2011 at 5:54 pm |
    • steveinmo

      Okay, on face value that might seem a valid question, and is one I'd ask. But only in the privacy of my own house wrt my children. It's a personal matter and responsibility.

      Otherwise, as I mentioned in an earlier post, that's just plain McCarthyism and isn't somewhere we want to go again.

      October 5, 2011 at 6:08 pm |
    • Red

      The villain is Rughal, a guy who's lived for centuries and seeks to control all of humanity by any means necessary.
      Read more about him here and download the first issue of the comic for free. http://www.the99.org/

      October 9, 2011 at 6:03 pm |
  3. David Johnson

    Hell, my Jesus the Messiah doll could kick the Muslim dolls ass!

    Comes with a loin cloth, crown of thorns and an odd assortment of nails.

    Cross sold separately.

    Cheers!

    October 5, 2011 at 5:39 pm |
    • Johan Fruh

      A christ doll shooting nails out of his hands! That would be .... dangerous. (but oh so cool!)

      October 5, 2011 at 6:00 pm |
    • dudley0418

      David, so caustic. What happened to make you so apparently knowledgeable but so virulent?

      October 5, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
    • dudley0418

      You're all over the faith-based issues pages. What happened?

      October 5, 2011 at 6:13 pm |
    • fred

      Still playing with dolls I see ! And I thought I was the delusional one

      October 5, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @dudley0418
      You asked: "David, so caustic. What happened to make you so apparently knowledgeable but so virulent?"

      The word virulent, is usually used with a disease or toxin. I am neither. But, I understand your question.

      Education. I read the bible. I thought about, what I had read. I concluded a god – any god – is highly unlikely.

      My language is vitriolic because the Evangelicals (Religious Right) are attempting to take over the country. They wish to establish the United States as a Christian Nation. A theocracy, with Jesus / Evangelicals will be in charge. I find that irritating.

      Cheers!

      October 6, 2011 at 4:03 pm |
    • David Johnson

      @fred

      You said: "Still playing with dolls I see ! And I thought I was the delusional one"

      Not just a doll. A collectible. A thousand years from now, If I leave it in its original shroud, it will be worth real money!

      Consider all the other long forgotten fantasy beings. Worth a fortune now.

      Cheers!

      October 6, 2011 at 4:12 pm |
  4. Johan Fruh

    While I appreciate the effort to create acceptance. I find using child related entertainment to promote any religion to be pretty horrible.

    If there were a superhero that wore a christian cross, and burnt all sinners with his fire shooting hands.... it would make me vomit.

    And you do not create an atmosphere of tolerance by promoting one side.... it'll just create clashes.

    Something nicer and more subtle... would be a Captain Planet sort of thing. With 5 teenagers saving the world.... one is jew, one is muslim, one is christian, how about a budhist in all that... and an atheist.
    Then make religion a SECONDARY aspect.... and bring out more important things for children.

    This way children will learn important things about life... and all the while being taught that religious differences are not to be a source of conflict.
    Heck.. have the kids make fun of each others religion in all good fun.. and in the end they would just laugh and still be friends.

    Now kids will see these super heroes on the news... and most of all... adults making a huge controversy about it.
    Ya.. that'll teach them tolerance.

    October 5, 2011 at 5:36 pm |
    • a60639

      They are promoting the culture more than the religion.

      October 5, 2011 at 5:44 pm |
    • Johan Fruh

      It's the 99 attributes of Allah they represent. It will be hard separating that from religion.
      Imagine the Fantastic four representing the body of christ, the blood of christ, the voice of christ.. and... erm.. the bowels of christ (or something).
      They could be in adventures not related to the religion but rather the "culture" of christianity.... but every time they're going to be using powers... there'll always be the Christ looming in the background..

      Or imagine if captain planet appeared every time saying "With the power of God, I am Captain Planet!"

      The only way I see this staying away from a religious agenda, is if the creators themselves are agnostics or atheists... then I'd trust the idea of promoting the culture only...

      October 5, 2011 at 5:57 pm |
    • Jean

      That is a very good idea!

      October 5, 2011 at 6:15 pm |
    • Jean

      When this guy says it will appear on television in the USA one way or another, it sounds to me like he is going to ram it down our throats whether we want it aired or not. That does not sound good to me.

      October 5, 2011 at 6:17 pm |
    • Red

      It has the principles of Islam, but it doesn't promote the religion itself.

      Seriously, read the comic BEFORE you condemn it The first issue is free for download. http://www.the99.org/

      October 9, 2011 at 6:05 pm |
  5. Lobo Labbit

    Are they Sunni or Shia? They are most definitely not Arab, unless you draw Arabs as blonde surfer type people. Are they Egyptian or Saudi? Or are the Iranian? You could have both Egypt-Saudi and Iran blow each other to smithereens comic book style. Is this DC or Marvel? Iran and Iraq already blow each other up, even now. Don't forget the bombs. Lots and lots of bombs and arson devices. You could also suggest Masonic lodge infiltration, trying to convince good Masons that Shriners worship Allah, and that they are at the top. Use Thomas Jefferson Quran references all the time, not Jew boy George Washington, founder of the USA. I don't buy Jesus propaganda comics either, I am sure this will be super popular.

    October 5, 2011 at 5:33 pm |
    • a60639

      Since there are 99 of them, I'm guessing they are supposed to represent all kinds of people. Some are European looking, but there are also Asians, blacks and middle eastern characters as well.

      October 5, 2011 at 5:43 pm |
  6. Colin

    I'm going to buy the new "muslim female doll" for my kids this Christmas. Accessories include a suicide vest, an axe, chain saw, 8"butcher knife, and machettee. Oh and I almost forgot....the head is re-attachable

    October 5, 2011 at 5:25 pm |
  7. *frank*

    Pam Grier > Pam Geller

    October 5, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
  8. Bob

    @ Linus the Atheist u know that could probably sell as this world is so messed up with crap.

    October 5, 2011 at 5:21 pm |
  9. USandCDN

    Dear HellBent, No you cannot replace the words Christian and muslim and have the same argument. A Christian may state his belief or opinion but will leave the others to their own thinking. A muslim uses violence and deceipt to force their ways on others.

    October 5, 2011 at 5:15 pm |
    • Johan Fruh

      While I appreciate the effort to create acceptance. I find using child related entertainment to promote any religion to be pretty horrible.

      If there were a superhero that wore a christian cross, and burnt all sinners with his fire shooting hands.... it would make me vomit.

      And you do not create an atmosphere of tolerance by promoting one side.... it'll just create clashes.

      Something nicer and more subtle... would be a Captain Planet sort of thing. With 5 teenagers saving the world.... one is jew, one is muslim, one is christian, how about a budhist in all that... and an atheist.
      Then make religion a SECONDARY aspect.... and bring out more important things for children.

      This way children will learn important things about life... and all the while being taught that religious differences are not to be a source of conflict.
      Heck.. have the kids make fun of each others religion in all good fun.. and in the end they would just laugh and still be friends.

      Now kids will see these super heroes on the news... and most of all... adults making a huge controversy about it.
      Ya.. that'll teach them tolerance.

      October 5, 2011 at 5:35 pm |
    • HellBent

      Both christians and muslims commit terrorist acts in the name of their religion. Ever hear of Norway? Fortunately for all, it is a minuscule percentage of believers who actually do this. Christian factions argue with each other all of the time about which of them is right, so replacing christian with muslim in that sense is complete valid. And muslims have integrated quite peacefully into American society and many others, so replacing christian with muslim in the second part of your statement is also equally as valid – which is to say that it isn't valid at all.

      You can believe all you want that the moon is made out of cheese, but that won't make you correct.

      October 6, 2011 at 8:35 am |
  10. the nerd

    @linus goes atheist...... winning

    October 5, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  11. John

    Pam Geller is a troll with a hideous soul. She's been pedaling her Islamaphobia at every possible opportunity here in New York, If the 99 are super heros' she's an anti-hero role model, embodying and expressing the ugliness of our society.

    October 5, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
    • nononono!

      If you know what islam is trying to do to the world you will not blame her. I know what islam has done to a lot of peace loving people around the world. A day is coming that America especially the so-called tollerants like you will wish they fought when they could.

      October 5, 2011 at 5:09 pm |
    • JohnQuest

      nononono! Christians have done and still doing far worst

      October 5, 2011 at 5:19 pm |
  12. USandCDN

    Why is it the muslims disagree and fight with each other as much as they do with non-muslims? They will never integrate and co-exist in any society, muslim or non-muslim.

    October 5, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
    • HellBent

      You could replace muslims with christians and have an equally valid argument.

      October 5, 2011 at 4:58 pm |
  13. GSA

    "The Muslim-themed comic series 'The 99' has been blasted by a small group of critics of Islam in the United States." – haha, some ppl really have a lot of time on their hands.
    Interesting concept. I'm not a big comic book fan but i'm sure some collectors will be all over this.

    October 5, 2011 at 3:37 pm |
  14. No Worries on this Islamic Moron-A-Thon

    The problem isn't censorship. It's the fact that yet another religious nutter is trying to beat everyone over the head with his propaganda-dogma. There does not need to be an uproar or resistance – this turkey will die of it's own hubris.

    October 5, 2011 at 3:23 pm |
    • steveinmo

      @No Worries...........
      I have to disagree with your narrow POV. Even as a christian, I agree there is a potential here for kids to learn aspects of decency, moral character, and all the best aspects of how to live and treat others. Certainly as good as any of the other comics already on the market, and looking at the magazine stands these days, probably better than most. There's no need for your misplaced hate, bigotry, or narrow-mindedness toward something like this AFAIS.

      October 5, 2011 at 4:27 pm |
    • steveinmo

      To follow on, if you don't want to read it – don't.
      If you don't want your kids reading it – don't let them.

      Simple as that.

      October 5, 2011 at 4:29 pm |
  15. steveinmo

    This is almost laughable. Even the american comic "heros" are mostly athiestic themed that try to downplay religion. By that I mean that the very story of Superman is he is an alien, a savior, and that even the pure aren't incorruptible or invincible. That goes against every christian belief I know of, yet we regularly turn our backs on and ignore these things. Why would this comic be any different, or is it because of the extremist, polarized nature of society? OTOH – is there a message in these comics that seek to subvert american muslims to enrange them to rise up against their govt? Do we want to even go down that McCarthy-istic road though?

    October 5, 2011 at 3:03 pm |
    • hippypoet

      dude you live by fear... you are a complete moron. this shows us your true human values. religion will be the death of all human kind, and this guy will blame it one a brainwashing comic! lol stupid are good for one thing, a laugh!

      October 5, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
    • Ellen

      steveinmo is just compensating. He's already revealed what his own little problem is.

      October 5, 2011 at 3:24 pm |
    • steveinmo

      HAHAHAHA! You both have missed the point entirely and just shown your ignorance in all its unglory. I was saying I don't know why this comic shouldn't be accepted or allowed alongside the ones we already have. I am amazed and puzzled why this is even being made an issue.

      Ordinarily, perhaps 30-40 years ago, the only issue the creator of this story would've come up against is that of finding a market here, and where to market his product. But today, we have such a polarized society of one side vs the other with zero tolerance for those we disagree with, that something so trivial as a comic book has become an issue. HAHAHAHA!

      I for one don't have anymore problem with something like this than anything else. Just goes to show who's actually reading what's posted here and who's quickest to come and judge and slander with lies. Will the blind always be blind?

      October 5, 2011 at 4:13 pm |
    • DerbyChick

      @hippypoet and Ellen, put on your reading glasses and try that one again. You completely bypassed steveinmo's point. Personally, I think he should turn it into a webseries, so everyone can watch if they want.

      October 5, 2011 at 5:41 pm |
    • steveinmo

      @derbychick
      That's not a bad idea, and would probably save the author a lot of money over paper, printing, and shipping.

      October 5, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
  16. Linus Goes Atheist

    I'm going to start a comic with an atheist superhero. I'm going to call him Sane Man. Sane Man will get through his days happily and successfully by dealing with reality as it actually is. When there is trouble, he deals with it instead of praying or other ineffective primitive rituals. He studies science to learn about the world so as to be better able to cope with it's challenges. He chooses to be kind to people because that is his nature, and the world is better that way, not because of some foolish superstition.

    Sane Man is constantly annoyed by his silly opponents, the Ninconpoops. The Nincompoops constantly try to force Sane Man and people like him to drink their Evil Kool-Aid, which they think will make him believe in their bizarre, obviously absurd nightmares. All of the groups that make up the Nincompoops, like the HypoChristians and the Muslim KABANGs, want to make the world a dreary, oppressive, ignorant place. Fortunately for Sane Man, the various groups of the Nincompoops despise each other, so all he really has to do is make sure the Constitution is upheld, and let other know it is okay to not be subsumed into the Nincompoop Borg.

    Otherwise, Sane Man gets to go out and have great adventures on those days the Nincompoops waste on their obedience rituals, and he gets to keep the money the Nincompoops spend to kowtow to their Nincompoop outposts, and he enjoys the benefits of science which the Nincompoops pretend to hate but actually use all the time. For when it is time to deal with a major medical problem, even a Nincompoop will prefer to call a scientific practicioner called a doctor instead of the fraudulent shamans of his Nincompoop faction.

    Sane Man is generally a happy, successful guy, even though the Nincompoops angrily pronounce him to be angry. Life is good for sane man, because his mind is free of the fogs of religious confusion and delusion that so hinder the Nincompoops.

    October 5, 2011 at 2:47 pm |
    • I'm The Best!

      I'd read/watch that if I didn't already live it everyday.

      October 5, 2011 at 3:17 pm |
    • prometheus

      What a amazing, wonderfull and true symboles.Yes they are so.

      October 5, 2011 at 3:29 pm |
    • JohnQuest

      Fortunately most of our "Superheros" are already like that. Batman was using computers to solve crimes back in the 60s, Spiderman was using Chemistry. I can't recall any "Superheros" having any type of religious paraphernalia, trinkets, clothing, books and the like.

      October 5, 2011 at 3:32 pm |
    • steveinmo

      Linus, why do you h8 so much you want to write a story to act out how you feel in real life; a story that says you want to attack and get rid of everything good? You poor, sorry man.

      October 5, 2011 at 5:13 pm |
    • SoulTrain1946

      Sounds boring as hell

      October 5, 2011 at 5:22 pm |
    • Colin

      Astute, creative and witty. Well said.

      October 5, 2011 at 5:23 pm |
    • Johan Fruh

      Hehe, that would indeed be nice :D.
      But there would be a need for something extraordinary... something to make the story different then reality, otherwise no one would watch!

      Superpowers! Sane man could... like... have the power to make Nincompoops use reason!
      Or maybe something a bit less supernatural...

      October 5, 2011 at 5:45 pm |
    • steveinmo

      @Jonah,
      Oh yeah, there's more of that hate and wishing violence coming out in the open. Peaceful and athiest in the same breath, I think NOT!

      October 5, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
    • Linus Goes Atheist

      I want to thank steveinmo for making my "Nincompoops angrily pronounce him to be angry" comment sound like a prophecy of future events. I might claim that as a superpower, but in reality it's just one of the ignorant stereotype bigotries that Christian love to throw at us.

      October 5, 2011 at 7:07 pm |
    • steveinmo

      You contradict yourself with such a foolish and stupid statement, making and reinforcing my own point with your very statement, and you think you're the one being "vilified"?!? You moron.

      By chance are you from Frisco area, because that's what your idiotic drivel you write sounds like.

      October 5, 2011 at 11:57 pm |
  17. Richard S Kaiser

    Comic book heroes of the late 60's were what I grew up on,,,, sadly I did digress and we grew apart. Star Trek became my new buddy but alas, only re-runs. When oh LORD, when will you allow me to see what's new in the SciFi Tv arena?

    October 5, 2011 at 2:43 pm |
    • Guffawing

      Watch Terra Nova

      Space, time travel and dinosaurs. enough said.

      October 5, 2011 at 2:45 pm |
    • JohnQuest

      Agreed, Terra Nova is interesting, Eureka is still an amazing show as well as Tru Blood.

      October 5, 2011 at 3:45 pm |
    • Chuckles

      @John

      I'm still debating if I like it or not. it has the ingerdients and yet episode #2 was seriously lacking.
      Also, never seeen Eureka and Trublood, well....it's a little too gory for my tastes

      October 5, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
    • I'm The Best!

      Haven't seen any True Blood, and Teranova is pretty good.
      I do love me some Eureka though. So sad it's being cancelled. Next year is it's last season.

      October 5, 2011 at 3:49 pm |
    • JohnQuest

      The good ones never last, I thinking of Jericho one of the best series in the past 20 years

      October 5, 2011 at 4:01 pm |
    • Chuckles

      Agreed,

      I miss Arrested Development with all my heart.

      October 5, 2011 at 4:14 pm |
    • steveinmo

      But TerraNova isn't really anything new is it? Doesn't it just sound like a more "serious" toned remake of Land of the Lost. Unfortunately, there are no Sleestak for comic relief.

      October 5, 2011 at 4:19 pm |
    • Chuckles

      Never saw Land of the Lost, but if I remember correctly it was only a couple people in Land of the Lost vs. a human colony going back in time (and I guess to a parallel universe?) to save the human race. It has a sort of original plot, had they not exhausted the "earth is dying because humans killed it" plot device.

      October 5, 2011 at 4:21 pm |
  18. this whole thing about god is dumb

    i wonder if when the hero talks to god if it shows muhammad in a dark alley as to not show his face.

    October 5, 2011 at 2:32 pm |
    • Guffawing

      It's actually more of a Charlie's Angels sort of deal.

      "Good Morning 99"

      'Good Morning Muhammed!"

      October 5, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • Reader

      This shows how ignorant we are! Muhammad is not their God he is their prophet (as Moses to Jews). May be we need the super hero to teach us about their faith too.

      October 5, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
    • hippypoet

      right , i never said that their god is muhammad did i... i said while talking to god if it would show muhammad but not his face... maybe you need to read a bit slower or just read it again. I know what they whorship, its the same whor as the jews and the christians... its the one whor god that gets head from three large groups while fighting over how to whorship.

      October 5, 2011 at 3:04 pm |
  19. William Demuth

    Does he kill any Jews?

    If he don't kill Jews it wont sell on the West Bank.

    (Sad, but true)

    October 5, 2011 at 2:25 pm |
    • Taj

      The West Bank isn't much of a market for comics and the buyers are probably too busy losing their homes to bulldozers to be comic book fanatics anyway...

      sad but true.

      October 5, 2011 at 5:03 pm |
  20. Knuckles

    What the world has been waiting for- a Muslim super hero in comics, do they have a real one?

    October 5, 2011 at 2:22 pm |
    • Chuckles

      No they don't.

      October 5, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
    • Rick

      Who does?

      October 5, 2011 at 2:34 pm |
    • VIP

      Probably they can show people how to 'gently' beat your wife.

      October 5, 2011 at 2:37 pm |
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