Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest retailer, is refusing to sell comedian George Carlin’s best-selling new book, “When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops,” in its stores because its cover makes fun of the “Last Supper,” a spokesman for Carlin said Thursday.
But Wal-Mart spokeswoman Karen Burk said the book was not being stocked in Wal-Mart stores because the company felt it ”would not appeal to a majority of our customers.” She added Wal-Mart was selling the book online.
Burk said 3,500 copies of the book sent mistakenly to Wal-Mart stores had been returned to a distributor because they were not ordered.
Carlin spokesman Jeff Abraham said Wal-Mart did not like the book’s cover that shows the comedian in the setting of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Last Supper,” sitting next to an empty chair where Jesus sits in the painting.
“They did not like the cover because it was a parody,” Abraham said, adding: “George attacks everything in this book, but it does not have any nude photos. He said he thought the title would offend everyone.”
A spokesman for Hyperion Books, which publishes “When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops,” was not immediately available for comment.