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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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46.

hello    

15. ObamaRx – The Wrong Prescription for America (ObaMARX)

I like that!!
Kinda like
Obama Nation (abomination)

Hmmmm...are we on to something...so is this why he changed his name from Barry Dunham?????

2130 days ago
47.

bite me    

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2130 days ago
48.

Claire    

I don't understand people who are blaming Palin for this. How could she have known anything like this would happen? If anything, she had every reason to think the publicity would have been GOOD for the thrift store. The owner was probably glad to hear the store's name mentioned, until all THIS happened.

2130 days ago
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Cammie    

She's an attractive, psychologically sick, and dangerous witch! Maybe before she runs in 2012 somebody will rape her and give her AIDS--she needs to know what it's like to purchase her own rape kit and have a baby by somebody who has raped her!

BOYCOTT Fox Cable!!!!

2130 days ago
50.

hello    

Go Go Obama Jeep
you need to be exiled to Cuba and then lets talk socialism...
don't open your yapper if you can't back it up.

2130 days ago
51.

bite me    

Careful Carrie your right wing craziness is showing, how can you wish that on anyone?

You are truly an angry, ignorant, psychopath.

2130 days ago
52.

hello    

Posted at 12:19PM on Oct 30th 2008 by Carrie

Umm....who is the "psychologically sick, and dangerous witch" if someone is wishing a rape on someone?????
GOD I HOPE YOU DONT VOTE OR LET OUT OF YOUR CAGE!!!!!

2130 days ago
53.

who has the facts? ME    

And why won't she release those medical records?? Is there a psychological problem in her past, a lobotomy, perhaps? Or maybe the rumors ARE true and that baby isn't really hers!! Who knows, but I would surely release them, I'VE got nothing to hide and she apparently does!

2130 days ago
54.

my name is bindy not bindi    

they are the winning ticket.... president barry dunham has nto chance of winning.... was he afraid of his american name and changed it to a muslim name???

2130 days ago
55.

Rockstar    

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

First, John McCain gets Joe the Plumber investigated for doing plumbing work without any kind of license, now Palin screws over her "favorite store" by making a spectacle of them.

Moral of the story: never pal around with self-serving Republican idiots unless you want to lose your livelihood.

What a bunch of idiots.

2130 days ago
56.

Big Dee    

It should be "Its proceeds"... you got your its and it's mixed up again, you TMZ dumbasses.

2130 days ago
57.

Rockstar    

All the Palin supporters here are simply proving how Republicans have become the party that caters to pathetic crybaby whiners, bigots, bottom feeders and people who are very simple minded and not smart at all.

"John and Sarah," don't you have a kids' birthday party that you're late for your clown performance?

2130 days ago
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who has the facts? ME    

John McBush and Sarah Bible Spice - are we angry because the proof is there that Palin is a socialist? Then why don't YOU move to Alaska and help the "first dude" and his Alaskan Independence Party secede from the USA?? Then you can have your own country and run it however you damn well please. I CAN BACK IT UP!! IT'S IN NEW YORKER MAGAZINE, YOU TWIT!! SEPT 22ND ISSUE - ARE YOU ILLITERATE??
OBAMA '08 - HE;S GOING TO WIN!!!!!! HA HA HA HA HA

2130 days ago
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just some facts to get in the way    

54. She's an attractive, psychologically sick, and dangerous witch! Maybe before she runs in 2012 somebody will rape her and give her AIDS--she needs to know what it's like to purchase her own rape kit and have a baby by somebody who has raped her!

BOYCOTT Fox Cable!!!!

Posted at 12:19PM on Oct 30th 2008 by Carrie

"(SPEAKING OF PSYCHOLOGICALLY SICK, NOTICE I LEFT OUT ATTRACTIVE!) I HOPE YOU ARE NOT ALOUD TO PROCREATE."


2130 days ago
60.

THese sternies are mean people who have no feelings    



It is a HUMANS WORLD YOU STUPID FRUMPs . The flap about Sarah's clothes is SO LAME, only the idiot donkeys would come up with that one and think they hit pay dirt. How much did that INFOMERICIAL COST OBAMA ? Exactly ONE TON OF CASH, the production value was tip top and that costs A LOT >

Sarah should keep the wardrobe. If she was out campaigning in MARSHALL's deals , they'd all be *itchin about how tacky she would have looked. GO SARAH >

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