Being such a big Ronda Rousey fan, I felt the need to draw some attention to a recent issue that has come along with Ronda releasing her first book, My Fight / Your Fight. The book goes on sale May 12, and details her story about achieving greatness as an Olympian and Fighter. Walmart, one of the largest companies in the entire world, has decided to refuse to sell Ronda Rousey’s biography in stores when it is released next month. It can be purchased online and picked up in stores, but will not be on display for purchase in store.
Using violence as a scapegoat to negate the accomplishments of a powerful woman becoming the best in her field is truly deplorable. Walk into any Walmart, and you will find movies with that are rated R for violence, video games that are rated M for violence, oh, and UFC products!
Ronda Rousey is an inspiration for young women, and really anyone with aspirations to do great things. She was the first American to win an Olympic medal in Women’s Judo since it became an Olympic sport in 1992 and has been described as an unstoppable force in MMA. What is the message that Walmart is trying to send? Publisher Judith Regan commented to Page Six, “I’m shocked, shocked to discover that censorship is going on in America!”.
With a significant amount of backlash against them, it remains unknown if Walmart will relent and allow the book to be put on shelves. Several publications have reported on the story, and BJJ Girl is hoping it’s making a difference.
Page Six: http://pagesix.com/2015/04/03/ronda-rousey-deemed-too-violent-for-walmart/
Bleacher Report: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2421109-ronda-rouseys-book-wont-be-sold-in-wal-mart-stores-because-shes-too-violent
Comment me below and let me know if you think Walmart should back down on this.
Both my sons are in Martial Arts. One is BJJ my older son owns his own Tojo in Corona, Ca. I feel Walmart is wrong for not selling her book. There is nothing wrong with her book. If Walmart has a good enough reason which they don’t. So maybe they would not like me not shopping at they’re stores. My family will boy cott they’re store. I use to think that Walmart was open minded, now I feel different about Walmart. I’m going to call there corporation and ask them to sell her book and give me a reason why they won’t. Thousands and thousands of people shop at Walmart. How would they feel if no one shopped at that store any longer. It can happen – good luck Rondon Rousey, I’ll buy your book.
I read her book and loved it. She is a true inspiration and Walmart is wrong not to sell her book. She isn’t picking fights on the street. She is a professional and worked hard to get where she is today. She is someone for girls and women to look up to. Let’s give this US Olympian the respect she deserves Walmart.