What would you say if your child came home from a birthday party with a party pack, some fond memories, and a coloring book called “ISIS: A Culture of Evil”? Some parents might have a problem with that. ABC News reported Nov. 11 that this is a new comic slash coloring book being released by publisher Wayne Bell, CEO of Really Big Coloring Book. And it’s not the first time his “work” has been a little controversial.
He admits it himself, right on his own web page. The company is known as Really Big Coloring Book or RBCB. On their About Us page they say,
“RBCB serves clients from the educational sector to government, the movie industry, and many groups of business, local authors and publishers, to a mom with a child’s birthday party. The company’s mission is to provide classic, colorful, and unique coloring and activity books to all clients….Known for their market leading positions the Really Big Coloring Books Inc. family of products is classic, colorful, unique, and on occasion controversial.”
“On occasion” controversial. How about in seemingly everything that they publish? What mom in America wants their kid to come home from a birthday party with an ISIS coloring book?
And how deep could this “investigation” from the ABC News 7 I Investigation really have been? Nothing about what the ISIS coloring book company is really about was said in the initial ABC News report yesterday. The report, a result of a “ABC 7 I Team Investigation” really only mentioned how awesome the CEO, Wayne Bell, thinks that he is.
ABC didn’t say anything else about the company. A deeper investigation into the company only takes a few seconds with Google.
In addition to this ISIS coloring book “moms” and “businesses” can also purchase many others to discuss with their children. For the LGBT themed birthday party, there are coloring books titled “Being Gay is Okay” along with party samples such as a “Sample Coming Out Letter”, a “Gay Marriage Certificate” and “35 Fabulous Gay Sharing Cards.”
Included in the Wayne Bell LGBT party pack is a full page spread that shows Westboro Baptist members holding signs saying, “God hates fags.” Because Wayne Bell wants the children of America to know the truth about being LGBT.
All this for $6.99 a pop, a small price to pay to have an easier time launching an open conversation with your children about something that could change the rest of their lives. How many American parents are seriously going to be whipping out the coloring packages when their child wants to have a serious conversation with the realities of gay being okay in America?
Only in America would you find someone making coin off of LGBT and ISIS causes and calling it education. The LGBT book is available for all ages. There is a parental disclaimer on the ISIS material thank goodness.
Phew. A disclaimer. Unlike his comic book on Ted Cruz which is “open to all ages”, the ISIS book has a disclaimer. Because without that, parents would just rush in to allow their children to read it, right?
Even with the disclaimer CEO Wayne Bell told ABC News that he’s “not political” and hopes parents show it to their kids anyway. He told ABC News that he enjoyed educating America and that there’s other stuff on his site too like “butterflies” and “dinosaurs” and things.
He did not mention “Being Gay is Okay” and its 35 fabulous gay cards package to ABC News. Or if he did, it was not mentioned in their “investigative” report. Nor was his “Tea Party II: The Social Activist Coloring Book for Kids” that was discussed in the River Front Times last year. He also didn’t mention the 9/11 party package that includes a page to color of a bullet hitting Osama bin Laden.
The ISIS literature is not the first time he’s been under fire for his work publicly. But he told ABC News that he was praised by the military and by Muslim Americans for his most recent book, ISIS: A Culture of Evil. He acknowledges it might not be birthday party material.
“This isn’t one of the most pleasant books our company has ever produced. But a lot of people have told us over the years they would like to see something that is absolute, unabashed, that’s truthful; that’s factual and indifferent to political correctness.”
Included in your “ISIS: A Culture of Evil” comic pack are sketches that show mass murders occurring. Coloring pages of acid being thrown in the faces of women, along with stick torture and menacing headlines.
Happy birthday, Johnny! Let’s talk about ISIS! Turn the page, “Break the rules of ISIS and you will die!!”
Wayne Bell believes his work is educating America to discredit ISIS. Never mind air strikes and drone attacks. Whip out the coloring books. The New York Times just published today more stunning photos being released from towns now abandoned by the ISIS after Kurdish invasions.
They are not that different from photos we reported on in our recent ISIS report. Beheading blocks, smoking cages, and nooses hanging from the ceilings, left behind in another ISIS abandoned town.
There is enough truth in the news to educate our children on ISIS. Why hide under the guise of education for a coloring book? Just call it what it is. Capitalism. Gouging off of other’s trauma.
He’s very careful to publish in a way such that his work does not rise to the level of “propaganda.” But with this new ISIS material, he is toeing that line pretty close. There’s a man in America that makes money now every time someone colors a page of education on ISIS torture.
He told the River Front Times last year that he wanted his company “to be included in the daily lives of children across America.” He told that news outlet then that he was hoping his work would make it into American curriculum, and it wasn’t just talk.
He sent boxes of samples to the Departments of Education in all 50 states, and the U.S. Department of Education. Located in Missouri, he wants his work to start appearing in Missouri curricula. In other words, he wants a cushy government contract for what isn’t yet propaganda but is cutting it pretty close.
If it enters the Missouri curriculum, that’s when it becomes propaganda. He told the River Front Times last year that his best seller was “The Tea Party Coloring Book for Kids.” He told the River Front Times,
“That book has made us a lot of money I’m not denying that. But my goodness, it’s created some bad emotions.”
My goodness. Imagine that! An American coloring book that promoted socialist activist dogma and had bubbles saying “Tea Party loves you!” That created some ‘bad emotions.’
Sales went down over that. The ISIS book has just come out, the “bad emotions” haven’t had time to hit the fan yet. Watch this video here created by Big Coloring Book productions promoting their controversial “Ted Cruz Saves America” comic slash coloring book.
What do you think of this? Do you think this is okay, and is just the way America runs, on capitalism? Or do you think this material is over the line?