Overstock Thinks Disney Fans Are Pervs

Aijin was shopping for Disney Princess gear on Overstock.com, then fielded an indecent proposal from the website, suggesting Disney Princess fans would go on to purchase Girls Gone Wild videos.

What do you think — is this is a tech geek joke or is there an actual correlation between Disney fandom and softcore porn?

Disney Princess Search Results [Overstock]

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  1. aka_mich says:

    I don’t think this really has anything to do with Overstock.com as the header is “People who searched for “disney princess ultimately bought”. I guess it could be a horrible joke by whoever programmed it but I think that it’s more likely that it’s exactly what it says. People who searched for the term Disney Princess ultimately bought porn (though the Ellen DeGeneres book is kind of a curveball).

    • seth_lerman says:

      This time of the year it wouldn’t surprise me what seemingly different items are bought on a single check-out at a retailer who caters to many different segments. The last 5 people to check-out prior to this online shopping visit may have been buying for 1) niece, 2) college roommate and 3) talk show aficionado. All very different products but bought at once to save time and shipping costs.

      • Naame says:

        Bingo! I had a very big mixture of merchandise within my large online orders for gifts this year.

      • pecan 3.14159265 says:

        This makes sense. In one shopping trip on Amazon, I searched for automotive and mechanical gear, chick flicks, and pots and pans. My recommended results were pretty diverse, IIRC.

    • tomok97 says:

      Don’t forget that Ellen DeGeneres was the voice of Dori in Finding Nemo. And she also has a daytime talk show that’s hugely popular with soccer mom’s and such. She’s not that odd of inclusion.

  2. nofelix says:

    Married men have kids that want disney stuff and wives that won’t put out? Seems like a possible correlation.

    This isn’t a big deal, since to get that result you’re browsing a site that sells Girls Gone Wild. It’s not like you were on Disney.com and Overstock ran over and shoved porn in your face. But it’d be good to redo the suggestion thing anyway since people will get upset anyway.

    Better solution would be not to sell Girls Gone Wild, because it’s exploitative crap.

    • Inglix_the_Mad says:

      Guys marry girls that don’t put out? Idiots.

      • mrsultana can't get a password to work says:

        Nah, they just marry girls who lose interest in sex or stop thinking it is all that important. Some guys turn to porn, others to multi-billion dollar golfing careers.

  3. parkj238 says:

    LMAO. The Ellen Degenerous book is what a number of mothers searched for after purchasing Disney Princess.

    Girls Gone Wild is what the men were obviously checking out after they made the Disney purchase.

  4. dourdan says:

    you buy for your kid then you buy for yourself…

  5. nodaybuttoday says:

    I think it has something to do with the “movie” titles having a common link, “Princess” and “Girls”. Notice how Princess Mononoke was also listed. I think it just tries to pick up commonly related words in the titles and doesn’t compute the subject matter or rating…

    • PunditGuy says:

      That’s a likely suggestion, but the header (“People Who Searched for ‘disney princess’ Ultimately Bought”) would indicate something different.

  6. lehrdude says:

    Maybe Princess Jasmine rubs something else besides magic lamps in her spare time…?

    {duck}

  7. raremoth says:

    Can I be the first to call shenanigans on this? I am guessing this is similiar to the sears thing a while back: http://consumerist.com/5342632/sears-caught-selling-grills-to-cook-babies-thanks-to-poorly-built-website

    I bet this guy found a code to attach to an otherwise innocent search that pops in the porn.

    Of course if could also be noting the cookies on his machine and putting up suggestions based on his browser search habits….

  8. mrsultana can't get a password to work says:

    I think the bigger issue here is why Consumerist considers anyone who wants to watch Girls Gone Wild to be a “perv”. Sure, it might not be Disney clean and it is likely not your cup of tea, but that’s some pretty blatant puritan crap right there.
    Isn’t this the same site where everyone believes breastfeeding is beautiful and can be done anywhere? Why am I a “perv” if I want to see the same milkshake you think is “beautiful” before it slowly develops stretch marks as it heads to the girl’s knees? Phil, you failed at this one. Why is Consumerist getting so sensational in their headlines these days? This time next year, this same article would just read “Why does Overstock encourage fathers to molest girls watching cartoons?”
    (And, no, I don’t own “Girls Gone Wild”, but not because of the “perv” thing, but it just isn’t my bag and I say live and let live if nobody is getting hurt.)

  9. Admiral Byrd says:

    I searched for the a Tiger Woods video game and the search also recommended a box of condoms and a divorce lawyer.

  10. justsomeotherguy says:

    I think it shows some blunt honesty about society. I see nothing that denotes disney fans are perverts. (i dont even really know what a pervert is anymore)

  11. Patriot says:

    I’m guessing that Dad was thinking “a little something for the kids. now a little something for me.”

  12. Nighthawke says:

    I call schenangians on this too. It is in fact, a poorly configured search engine showing all RELATED content according to the key words she put in. That can be fixed by placing explicit key words in for the adult related content they sell.

    No joke, no conspiracy. Just something that can be fixed.

  13. JulesNoctambule says:

    Okay — this is going to sound weird, but it’s the first thing that popped into my head. Top tip: If child exploitation upsets you, stop reading now.

    I have a friend who is a journalist, and in the course of work my unfortunate friend has learned that people who force children (often their own) into prostitution use code words in their ads, and a lot of it is based on Disney movies. Stuff like ‘Cinderella for sale, price depends on year of video’ and such. I didn’t believe her at first, but she was able to pull out examples related to a recent case and yeah. . .the upside is that it gives law enforcement easy hints about what’s really going on in that Craigslist ad.

  14. PappaBear says:

    My wife was recently looking for Christmas gifts for our grandson. She searched for “baby toys”, in the side window images of dildos popped up. I had no idea Overstock sold those items.

    • Admiral Byrd says:

      Just for kicks I did the same thing just now. Plenty of adult products peppered in among the Baby Toys. May favorite was the: Triple-edge 15-inch Fantasy Shark Knife and Stand I’m totally getting my 5 month old a 15 inch knife. He’ll love it! He puts everything in his mouth!

  15. tlf0803 says:

    So, as someone who used to work at Overstock, dildos and other sexual toys are a large percentage of what they sell. I would have to write the product descriptions for products as they came through, but the ‘People who searched for’ function is just a bit of coding that actually shows what other people clicked on. So, as far as I know, this isn’t a cruel joke on the part of a coder, but actually shows that people searching for Disney princess items then went on to search for other …. things. Ironic, no?

  16. CleverDan says:

    There’s more than a few people who credit their fetishes to Disney movies (“Robin Hood” and furries, “The Little Mermaind” and foot fetishists), so maybe Overstock is on to something…

  17. feyshadowgirl says:

    I’m sure this is like when walmart.com suggest stuff other customers bought after purchasing something else. I’d be willing to bet alot of pervs DO buy disney stuff and porn at the same time. Or maybe daddy was thinking, “a movie for the kids to watch before bed and a movie for me to watch after they go to bed”

  18. Parnassus says:

    Has anybody else seen any newspaper sites with something like: Other people who have read this article have bought…with a list of items? How would someone even know? I can’t remember any of the newspaper sites, but here’s a couple of websites with pics of it:
    http://www.cantabpublishing.com/blog/?p=664
    http://www.murketing.com/journal/?p=1674