We have as yet not received an answer from American Express Company, nor any acknowledgement of the letter we sent you and, in light of the response we have had from Doug Michelman, Head of Investor Relations at Visa, (http://wp.me/p2ftdX-4J) we would like to urge you to inform us as to whether or not American Express Company has put pressure on PayPal to refuse to process sales on certain types of legal, textual erotic fiction books.
Below is our original email to you.
On behalf of the 75 undersigned members of BannedWriters.com
American Express Company
World Financial Center
200 Vesey Street
New York, NY 10285
Attn: Kenneth I. Chenault
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Attn: Marina Norville
Vice President, Public Affairs and Communications
Attn: Judy Tenzer
Vice President, Department of Corporate Social Responsibility
On behalf of a coalition of authors, editors, and publishers, I am writing you to ask that you stand up and support the consumer’s right to purchase and read the fiction they choose.
We are certain that your company is not in the business of censoring cultural product, but that is, in fact, what occurred when PayPal decided that they would refuse to process payments for certain books. We understand and wholeheartedly support companies who refuse to be parties to the sale of illegal products, but these books are legal.
Moreover, the subject matters for which PayPal has refused to process sales appear in many, many classic and modern literary works.
Additionally, we would like to point out that the vast majority of books at issue are written by women for women. PayPal’s actions have had the result of significantly stifling women’s writings on female sexuality.
We understand that PayPal has referred to credit card companies as the impetus behind PayPal’s demand that these books be removed from internet retail outlets and its refusal to process these sales. Therefore, we would greatly appreciate your company’s clarification of its position on this issue, both to us and to PayPal.
On Behalf of the undersigned members of BannedWriters.com
a coalition to stop the economic censorship of books
Aurelia T. Evans
Convenience Mallory Knox
D. L. King
Evan J. Xavier
Ms T. Garden
Paul St. Pancras
Poe Von Page