May 15, 2012
More than 15,000 people have contacted the online coupon company Groupon to cancel their membership after Morality in Media uncovered Groupon's substantial support of pornography, Baptist Press reports. Groupon offered discounts on tours of a pornography studio in San Francisco, and after a boycott was launched in April, Groupon supported an event at the Playboy mansion. When confronted about its support of the pornography studio, the company responded, "This business has proven to be a responsible member of their community and the tour offered in this deal is historical and informational in nature." According to Morality in Media, advertisements related to these two offers "have now been wiped from the company's site, though expire coupons for other businesses are still on the site." Dawn Hawkins, executive director of Morality in Media, said, "Until Groupon announces that it will no more support sexually exploitive businesses, the boycott will grow." A "Boycott Groupon" page has been set up for supporters to call on Groupon executives to "reject partnership with businesses that glamorize the exploitation and abuse of women."