Posted October 11, 2013

US Stamps Encouraging Kids to Play Cancelled for Safety Reasons

'Murica, News


Let’s play a little game. Look at the 15 stamps above, which were a part of the no-longer-upcoming Michelle Obama “Just Move” campaign for the U.S. Postal Service. Now try to figure out which three “raised safety concerns,” causing plans for the entire line of already-printed stamps to be eradicated.

Via Postal News:

Linn’s Stamp News reports that the US Postal Service will destroy the entire press run of a stamp series aimed at getting children to be more active. According to Linn’s reporter Bill McAllister, three of the stamps in the fifteen stamp series raised safety concerns among sports figures on the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. The stamps in question depicted children performing a cannonball dive, skateboarding without kneepads, and doing a headstand without a helmet. The unsafe depictions came to light after USPS Marketing chief Nagisa Manabe asked Michelle Obama to take part in a first day ceremony for the stamps. That was apparently the first time the stamps had been reviewed by the Sports Council.

That’s too bad, I was going to use them to mail a letter of complaint to Weber Middle School.

[Postal News via Uproxx]


Completely ridiculous.  The baseball one doesn't have her wearing a helmet.  The soccer one doesn't have him wearing shin pads.  The stretch one has her standing precariously on a rock.  The swing one doesn't include her wearing a safety belt.  Plenty of these stamps encourage dangerous, unsafe "play".  Kids are sure to look at these when they're sending their hand written letters and get wild, crazy, dangerous ideas.  Let's keep them safe and inside.  No risk of injury watching TV or playing video games, and as everyone knows, the only thing in the world that matters is preventing the slightest risk of injury to our children.