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Palin in "Out of the Closet" Controversy

10/30/2008 6:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Governor Sarah Palin's "Aw shucks, I shop at thrift stores" admission cost her favorite Alaska shop something kinda important -- its name.
Sarah Palin, Out of the Closet
Out of the Closet is the name of the consignment shop Palin frequents back in Anchorage. It also happens to be the name of a chain of non-profit stores in California and Florida run by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF). It's proceeds go toward HIV medical care, testing and prevention service, among other things.

When the AHF heard about the Alaska version via all the Palin hype, they sent over a cease and desist letter asking them to change their name. TMZ talked to Ellen Arvold, who owns the shop. She admits she's a little bummed, but plans on complying and changing the name of her store.


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"Why is this chain of stores in California stereotyping AIDS as a gay disease?" Ask the CDC (Center for disease control) or the WHO (WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION) that very question and you will learn that AIDS/HIV is a gay disease with homosexuality as the number one risk factor followed by prostitution and drug use. It is a shame, but that is fact.

2092 days ago


Obama is cheating his way into the whote house!

Just like did to win a seat on the senate
Just like he did to get the democratic nomination by fraud votes
Just like he is doing now accepting millions from terrorists and telling the country what they want to hear

His behavior is so typical of that of a Communist: trying to brainwash the minds of people by presenting himself like a GOD

How nice for Obama to be able to spend all these millions on informational ads, etc....he is being extravagant. He is not setting a good example. It is kind of contradicting to his preaching....

talks , talks, talks,............that is what he really good at.

America, before you vote for him think of his bad record....think of all the friends he keeps and the consequences it can bring to this country, because HE WILL KEEP THEM for sure......

THINK SMART or don't vote at all!

2092 days ago


If I remember correctly, not sure, maybe not in this case, but "Out of the Closet" thrift stores are actually franchises. I know we have a couple in my area, and I've been in other cities that also had them.

But the funny thing is, is that even a D&C can not prevent her from having her store with that name.

You can only really get away with sending a D&C, if the companies are in the same industry.

aka you can't have a fast food place called McDonalds, if you're not apart of the real McDonalds franchise, etc.

So techncially, she can have her consignment shop, and name it whatever the hell she wants, and they can kiss her ass - she doesn't have to comply at all.

Just a lesson in business law :)

2092 days ago


Can you be any more liberally biased TMZ?!!? There is a world outside of your petty little state filled with pretentious a-holes who know nothing about reality! Why don't you just put We Love Obama as the new banner on your site? I'm done with your site. It's not like there aren't plenty more like it out there.

2092 days ago

lululez my recollection...OUT OF THE CLOSET... is a popular clothing store in Sunrise, Florida...the gay capital of south florida....its a national clothing store chain meant to target the lgbt community...makes me wonder...

2092 days ago


I can't wait for this election to be over so everyone will STFU. It doesn't matter who you vote for, either way we are screwed!

2092 days ago

bite me    

Bashing Palin for a clothing consignment store in Alaska, before it was because of the expense of her clothes...WOW anything to bash Palin. Ok here is a new news announcement, I dare you TMZ to investigate....

Obama's "auntie and uncle" are living in in a rundown public housing in Boston.

Please dont start in about media bias on this one, it is from a UK newspaper. Here is what "auntie" has to say...
Speaking outside her home in Flaherty Way, South Boston, on Tuesday, Ms Onyango, 56, confirmed she was the “Auntie Zeituni” in Mr Obama’s memoir. She declined to answer most other questions about her relationship with the presidential contender until after the November 4 election. “I can’t talk about it, I just pray for him, that’s all,” she said, adding: “After the 4th, I can talk to anyone.”

Now with Obama's plan to "spread the wealth", shouldn't charity start at home?? He wont even practice what he preaches, can you say HYPOCRIT!!!!!!!!!!! Oh and auntie says she cant speak about Obama until after the election, he has everyone stifled until the election, well not me

2092 days ago


Are you serious? How is this Palin's fault? "What a bitch...the big guys never would have noticed the store if SHE didn't donate?"...You've got to be kidding, right?

And I totally agree...why is AIDS being stereotyped as a gay disease... BY THE STORE!?

2092 days ago


To Christian voters:

If you vote for Obama you will be denouncing CHRIST

He fools America by saying that he is christian....HE IS NOT!

For 20 years he attended a church that did not believe in the same God we do. The phrase below describes the vision of the church:

"Black theology refuses to accept a God who is not identified totally with the goals of the black community. If God is not for us and against white people, then he is a murderer, and we had better kill him. The task of black theology is to kill Gods who do not belong to the black community. . . . Black theology will accept only the love of God which participates in the destruction of the white enemy. What we need is the divine love as expressed in Black Power, which is the power of black people to destroy their oppressors here and now by any means at their disposal. Unless God is participating in this holy activity, we must reject his love."

It is the reason why he is so corrupt!

he will have no remorse for any wrong doing (just like a terrorist)

Please America we need to keep our religion , we should not let him take it away.

Don't vote for the faux-messiah!

2092 days ago


I wish TMZ would stop with the political posts and focus on more celebrity gossip. If I want to hear about Palin, McCain, Obama, or Biden I will turn on the news. But then again, even the "respectable" news channels have turned away from reporting unbiased news to being a mess of a circus. Guess there is no escaping it.....

2092 days ago


"homosexuality as the number one risk factor "

BUT not the only factor and therefore it should not be insinuated that it is a gay disease. That is a dangerous message to be sending.

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And how the hell do you make a store in AK change it's name, when it obviously isn't a threat to you or your cause? I've shopped at the CA more. They just lost a customer. Talk about picking on the little people of the world...that's just mean!

2092 days ago


Hey #28, if you bothered to keep reading my post you would have seen that I had written "AIDS/HIV is a gay disease with homosexuality as the number one risk factor followed by prostitution and drug use. It is a shame, but that is fact." Please don't give partial quotes with the intention to mislead.

2092 days ago


She knows more about the value of a dollar... Give me a break, where are you sending your children that it cost $21.000.00 in airline cost?? You can talk that trash to someone else because I'm not buying it. John Mccain had my vote until he picked that airhead Palin as his VP. God help America if Mccain wins, I hope his health holds up.

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