Walmart should have known better than to piss off a champion UFC fighter. The superstore banned Ronda Rousey's memoir My Fight/Your Fight , which "charts her difficult path to glory...and what it takes to become the toughest woman on earth," for containing too much violence. The autobiography will be released worldwide next month, but Walmart shoppers will only be able to purchase the book online or in another brick-and-mortar bookstore (remember those?).
Rousey, an Olympic medalist, posted on her Instagram to speak out on Walmart's decision not to stock her book on their shelves. Alongside a screenshot of an article on the Walmart ban, Rousey wrote:
@walmart is welcome to watch the success of this publication from the sidelines if they choose. "Success is the best revenge" one of many lessons I learned from fighting that helped me fight through life's battles off the mat and outside the octagon. @walmart is welcome to watch the success of this publication from the sidelines if they choose. Pre-order #MyFightYourFight here: http://www.amazon.com/My-Fight-Your-Ronda-Rousey/dp/1941393268
Side note: I'm totally down for both our 2nd amendment AND books
According to Walmart spokesperson Danit Marquardt, "There are a variety of factors that we look at when determining what items to offer our customers. At this point, we’ve chosen to offer this particular title to our customers online." Curious, though, as to how those "factors" — which clearly include excessive violence — applied to an MMA fighter's memoir, but not to the movie American Sniper or actual guns, both of which Walmart sells in-store.
Judging by the fact that My Fight/Your Fight is a #1 bestseller on Amazon, it looks like Rousey will get her revenge after all.