CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) – A Clayton-based company that publishes coloring books on controversial topics is again drawing attention.
Wayne Bell, publisher of Really Big Coloring Books, says he’s been receiving calls from the Russian press about a letter he sent to Russian President Vladimir Putin promoting a coloring book called “Being Gay is OK.”
“We just sent ‘Being Gay is OK’ to Mr. Rasputin as we call him here in the office and we sent it to Putin in Russia and it was picked up by the Moscow Times, Moscow One, and we’re basically letting him know that he needs to quit being a tyrant and be nice to his people,” Bell says.
The letter is addressed to Russian citizens.
“May someday your barbaric leaders understand all life is important. Every human deserves respect, liberty, and freedom of choice in their life,” the letter states. “Americans feel sorry for your citizens and hope in the future you realize all people deserve respect. Please tell Rasputin to grow up and stop being a tyrant to his people.”
Really Big Coloring Books has also released a parody of the Rolling Stone magazine cover which featured accused Boston bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.
“They glorified this guy, made him look like a rock star. He’s anything but,” Bell says. “He’s an evil terrorist, he’s the face of evil, he’s the scum of the Earth, he doesn’t have the face of a rock star. So we spoofed him is what we did.”
The coloring book, titled “Rock Him and Stone Him,” said the bombing suspect should be “paraded through the streets.” Inside, the book calls on Muslims to help rid America of “radical Islamic jihad.”
One page compares convicted Wikileaks source Pfc. Chelsea Manning to Fort Hood gunman Nidal Hasan.