Monday, June 04, 2007

Walmart Hall of Shame: J-Lo joins Beyoncé

Here are some of the the bands who performed (pimped for Walmart) in Fayetteville last week as part of the annual Walmart Shareholders' meeting:

Tuesday, May 29: Fall Out Boy, in a concert (for the first time ever at a Walmart shareholders meeting) open to the public.

Wednesday, May 30: The Eagles (Walmart employees only). The Eagles' forthcoming album will be sold exclusively in Walmart stores!

Thursday, May 31. Kool and the Gang and Hall & Oates, also open to the public. Walmart goes all out this year for the Northwest Arkansas public. (Robert "Kool" Bell and his brother Ronald, leaders of Kool and the Gang, are members of the Nation of Islam, as far as I am aware.)

Friday, June 1. At the Wal-Mart shareholders "meeting" (more like a revival meeting) at Bud Walton Arena: the special guest artists are Jennifer Lopez
and the newest American Idol winner, Jordin Sparks. The event is MC'd by Sindbad. J-Lo joins Beyoncé--last year's performer at the Shareholder's Meeting--in the Walmart Hall of Shame.

Meanwhile, the local progressive group Against the Wal organized protests, for the fourth consecutive year. Suggested reading for J-Lo and Robert "Kool" Bell: the recent Human Rights Watch report on Walmart, “Discounting Rights: Wal-Mart’s Violation of US Workers’ Right to Freedom of Association.” (Walmart is only the second corporation to be investigated by Human Rights Watch.)

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