Next trip, we’re staying at a Marriott

Puritan busybody groups (you know the type) blast Mitt Romney for not doing more – or doing anything, actually – to kill Marriott’s porn movie trade while he served on the hotel chain’s board of directors.

Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney, who rails against the “cesspool” of pornography, is being criticized by social conservatives who argue that he should have tried to halt hardcore hotel movie offerings during his near-decade on the Marriott board.

Two anti-pornography crusaders, as well as two conservative activists of the type Romney is courting, say the distribution of such graphic adult movies runs counter to the family image cultivated by Romney, the Marriotts and their shared Mormon faith.

“Marriott is a major pornographer. And even though he may have fought it, everyone on that board is a hypocrite for presenting themselves as family values when their hotels offer 70 different types of hardcore pornography,” said Phil Burress, president of Citizens for Community Values, an anti-pornography group based on Ohio.

Far from having “fought” porn at Marriott, it’s more likely that the famously detail-oriented Romney studiously avoided the subject. High moral talk is all well and good, but it’s revenue that’s holy.

During a recent Associated Press interview, Romney said he did not recall pornography coming up for discussion while he was on the Marriott board from 1992 to 2001. Despite being chairman of the board’s audit committee, he also said he was unaware of how much revenue pornography may have generated for the hotel chain. […]

“It certainly would have been wrong to impose his own personal beliefs if they were contrary to the financial interests of the company,” Marriott spokesman Roger Conner said of Romney.

It’ll be interesting to see how the Romney campaign spins this with ill-tempered conservative watchdogs. In the meantime, I’m planning my next roadtrip.

(Cross-posted.)

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11 responses to “Next trip, we’re staying at a Marriott

  1. nightshift66

    That’s funny, Wave; the office is sending me to East Haven, CT next week, and we are staying in a Marriott. Totally happy coincidence.

    Oh, and also the reason y’all will have to muddle through without my insight next week. (groans and eyerolls coast-to-coast)

  2. Melissa McEwan

    also the reason y’all will have to muddle through without my insight next week

    Good thing you told us, or else I’d have been sending a search party…

  3. It’s probably all straight porn, too. *sigh* BOR-ing.

  4. Paul the Spud

    And I’m willing to bet it’s that cleverly edited “porn,” too. I seriously doubt they’re actually showing hardcore action in a hotel chain.

    Which you have to, you know, pay for anyway, so it’s not like anyone’s going to see this by accident. Idiots.

  5. Too many good lines come to mind.

    For one thing, I’d hate to see what kind of porn Hilton has.

    “Oh no, I’ve never fisted before. But I did watch porn at a Holiday Inn Express last night.”

  6. The time will come, in the not too distant future, I predict, when “christian” conservatives will stop worrying themselves about what Romney said and did in the past, and what he’s promising now. They’re good at deluding themselves anyway, so this won’t be difficult.

  7. “Oh no, I’ve never fisted before. But I did watch porn at a Holiday Inn Express last night.”

    Too, too funny, Mr. Fecke.

    As it happens, I have a reservation at a Marriott Spring Hill Suites in Austin this September, but will not be availing myself of the family-values-oriented pornographic offerings there.

  8. Funny

    Wow,

    So Romney never watched and personally doesn’t support pron. However in one of his many business activities a hotel chain offered it to guests.

    I guess in some peoples minds, it’s NOT okay to support a candidate who was on a board a number of years ago, for a hotel chain that offered porn to its guests.

    However, it is okay to support a candidate that is on this third marriage for cheating on his wife or better yet a (soon to be) candidate who is in his own words a “womanizer”.

  9. 70 different kinds of hard core porn? ??

    Say what?

    I didn’t even know there were that many. Seventy?

    I need to get out more.

  10. Funny, I would’ve said, “Only seventy different kinds of hard core porn? Who’s being left out? Probably the furries. Poor furries. Never can catch a break.”

    I need to get out more too.

  11. Dee

    But don’t you have to explicitly (heh, I said explicitly) ORDER the porn and pay big bucks for it?

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