Idaho bans Five Wives Vodka for being offensive

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  1. Stacie L profile image90
    Stacie Lposted 6 years ago

    Idaho bans Five Wives Vodka for being offensive

    Published May 30, 2012

    Associated Press


    Idaho liquor regulators deem 5 Wives Vodka offensive to residents. (AP)

    Five Wives Vodka was named in bad taste and won't be stocked or special ordered at stores operated by the state of Idaho, regulators said.

    The middle-shelf vodka is made by Ogden's Own Distillery in Utah, where the Mormon church is based. Its label carries the name and an image of five women, an apparent reference to polygamy, a practice abandoned by the church more than a century ago.

    Idaho State Liquor Division administrator Jeff Anderson said the brand is offensive to Mormons who make up over a quarter of Idaho's population.

    Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/leisure/2012/05/ … z1wOdiGG8v

    1. Drax profile image76
      Draxposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      is this not totally subjective, why would the State become involved at all... is this not thought police and perhaps the brand 'Mars' is too planetary and mundane for a chocolate bar... we need to stop it   ;-)

      1. Cagsil profile image82
        Cagsilposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Yes, it is completely subjective and considering it has something that could be possibly "related" to a religion...it goes to show how "religion" is not actually out of government.

        It's pathetic and seriously needs to come to an end.

        1. Drax profile image76
          Draxposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          Well said Cagsil :-)

          1. Cagsil profile image82
            Cagsilposted 6 years agoin reply to this

            Hey Drax, just to let you know, when you post a reply, if you go to the "formatting" button in the lower right hand corner(just below the reply box), you can add a smiley. smile big_smile cool tongue

            Btw- this post is just in case you didn't know because I noticed the " :-) " you put at the end of your post. And secondly, thank you. smile

            1. Drax profile image76
              Draxposted 6 years agoin reply to this

              that would be too easy... ;-)  it is part of the Irish psyche to be awkward just for the sake of it.. Shaw said;- "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. ... Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man."  lol..
              but thank you :-)

              1. Cagsil profile image82
                Cagsilposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                lol lol lol Okay, if you say so. lol

                1. MrMaranatha profile image77
                  MrMaranathaposted 6 years agoin reply to this

                  Hmmm I like this guy... thanks Drax you just made my day :-) cool

    2. profile image0
      beaddveposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      If today the state bans Five Wives Vodka, tomorrow will have Fifty Wives Vokda, or Five Wives Soda. So, can the state ban them all?

      Also, this is very subjective and shows how state sometimes uses law unjustly..

      1. lrohner profile image80
        lrohnerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        That's totally incorrect. Actually, the OP was incorrect. Idaho did not "ban" the vodka; it just chose not to stock it in their retail stores. In Idaho, all liquor is sold through State-owned and run liquor stores, or stores they license. They can choose to carry whatever brands they want.

        If your local liquor store chose not to sell Smirnoff or Grey Goose, would you make a fuss about it? I really don't see what the big deal is. Heck, I know plenty of liquor stores all over the country that won't stock Bitch or Frog's Piss wine. And yes....those are legitimate wine brands.

        1. Uninvited Writer profile image80
          Uninvited Writerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          It's like here in Canada. The LCBO banned Dan Ackroyd's Crystal Head vodka because the bottle was shaped like a skull. The only place to buy liquor in Ontario is through the LCBO.

  2. Cagsil profile image82
    Cagsilposted 6 years ago

    So much for allowing people to bring a product to market. Ridiculous.

  3. BrianMI6 profile image61
    BrianMI6posted 6 years ago

    This is pretty silly.  The entire thing is marketing gimmick that should be working very well.

    Polygamy is in the Bible and was tolerated by God in more than one instance.  While not idea, according to Jesus, it wasn't condemned by him either.  I'm guessing that there is a religious motivation behind this decision and it doesn't seem to make much sense.  It's best to fight real battles Christians.

  4. Ron Montgomery profile image60
    Ron Montgomeryposted 6 years ago

    There is a beer sold in Utah called "Polygamy Porter".  The slogan is "Why have just one?"

    The Mormons I have asked say that they are amused, not offended......all 3 of them.

    1. Shanna11 profile image91
      Shanna11posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      I'm a Mormon (you can make that four) and I'm vaguely amused. I'm definitely not offended by it in anyway. I guess I mostly just don't care what they call their vodka.

      1. Ron Montgomery profile image60
        Ron Montgomeryposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        The beer by the way is delicious.

  5. Mighty Mom profile image88
    Mighty Momposted 6 years ago

    Why don't they take it to the logical conclusion and ban vodka in the state period?
    I mean, isn't all alcohol offensive to Mormons?

    1. Shanna11 profile image91
      Shanna11posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      It's not offensive, we just don't drink it. Some Mormons will get way over the top, but the majority of us just don't care.

  6. lrohner profile image80
    lrohnerposted 6 years ago

    Idaho is one of the 19 "control" states when it comes to beverage alcohol. That means that the state controls every aspect of the sales of alcohol.

    For most of the control states, it's all about the money. Idaho has (obviously) taken a different stance.

    I wouldn't get too fussed about their decisions. Other control states have made ones that are far worse. smile Coming from someone who spent 20+ years in the BevAl biz, I can tell you that Idaho is a flea on the butt of the alcohol elephant, so to speak. smile

    1. Cagsil profile image82
      Cagsilposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Good to know Irohner. smile big_smile Btw- It's great to see you in the forums. smile

      1. lrohner profile image80
        lrohnerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        Awwwww....thx Cags! I've missed you too!

        1. Cagsil profile image82
          Cagsilposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          smile big_smile

  7. MrMaranatha profile image77
    MrMaranathaposted 6 years ago

    WOW.. that must have been some really BAD Vodka!!!  Worse than Gibleys I imagine... or Popov???   Aka!!!  I shudder to think of how bad that Vodka must taste for them to have banned it ..  :-)

    1. lrohner profile image80
      lrohnerposted 6 years agoin reply to this

      If you think Gilbeys and Popov are the worst, you obviously haven't tried Aristocrat or Wolfschmidt vodka. smile smile smile

      1. MrMaranatha profile image77
        MrMaranathaposted 6 years agoin reply to this

        I have not drank alcohol in quite a few years... But Vodka used to be a thing of interest to me... I agree with you... never drink the drainage from "Wolf...."  well you get the point.

        1. MrMaranatha profile image77
          MrMaranathaposted 6 years agoin reply to this

          On a more serious note.. I almost died of alcohol poisoning one night from Gibleys...  But to be honest it was more about my stupidity than bad taste in brands.

  8. MrMaranatha profile image77
    MrMaranathaposted 6 years ago

    Actually though they might want to look into two things: 1) Who owns the 5 wives booze plant...  and 2) make sure that its not just a publicity stunt to sell more of it on a national or international sale due to its Prohibited status...

    After all... there is not much around that does not have a Mormon dollar invested in it.. especially in the Salt Lake area...  And since someone else just reminded us that Utah is a Alcohol Control State... that sort of marks this thing with a Big Red Flag in my book.

 
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