BOYCOTT

One Down, One To Go

A 1,600-member coalition of religious leaders has ended its boycott of one of the corporations it targeted for sponsoring television programs high in sex, violence, and profanity (CT, July 10, 1987, p. 36).

Christian Leaders for Responsible Television (CLEAR-TV), which includes the heads of 70 church bodies, called off a boycott of the Noxell Corporation. The cosmetics company “realized that they were not as careful as they might have been or should have been” in monitoring the programs it sponsors, said CLEAR-TV chairman Billy A. Melvin, executive director of the National Association of Evangelicals.

Carroll Brodie, vice-president and general counsel for Noxell, said the firm had given CLEAR-TV “our good-faith intent” to address the coalition’s concerns. “There was a great deal of inconsistency” in Noxell’s policies for program sponsorship, Brodie said, adding that for the first time the firm is developing a written policy. Noxell manufactures Cover Girl cosmetics and Noxzema skin cream.

CLEAR-TV is continuing its boycott of Mazda Motors of America, which Melvin called “the leading sponsor of sex, violence, and profanity [on television] for the last five years.” He said the automobile manufacturer has not responded to CLEAR-TV’S concerns.

NATIONWIDE

One Less Abortion Drug

The Upjohn Company has stopped domestic sales of a drug known as F2 alpha, which is used to induce second-trimester abortions. Robert McDonough, spokesman for the pharmaceutical company, denied that the decision was related to a two-year-old boycott called by prolife organizations.

While asserting that the boycott has had no impact on the company, McDonough acknowledged, ...

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