Girl Scouts oust mom over metal/horror website


Girl Scout leader Stacy Hintz was fired after authorities discovered her support for her husband’s Web site, “Wisconsin Sickness.”

Apparently, in Wisconsin, if you want to pitch in with the Girl Scouts — as Stacy Hintz did, volunteering for years with her daughter’s troop and becoming a leader in the Southeast Wisconsin Girl Scouts — you’re not allowed to do anything the Scouts don’t like. Even if it’s on your own time.

Hintz was sacked after a fellow mom found out Hintz supports her husband’s Web site, Wisconsin Sickness, which features local heavy metal bands and celebrates popular horror fiction. A banner on the site, advertising the “Zombie Porn Star official t-shirt,” prompted one news outlet to proclaim, “Zombie porn and serial killers in Girl Scouts?”

Really?

Wisconsin Sickness is all about “bringing the independent, underground Wisconsin scene together,” according to the site. Perfectly acceptable entertainment for adults — and Hintz says she never showed the site to the girls in her troop. In fact, she had such a great record with the organization that shortly before the tattletale mom stepped forward, Hintz had been invited to represent Wisconsin at a national gathering of the Girl Scouts. But other leaders soon changed their tune:

Tracy Wayson, spokesperson for the Southeast Wisconsin Girl Scout branch, told the station that she disagrees, saying that Hintz’s personal life seeped into her duties.

“We didn’t look into her performance at all…That was not the focus of our fact finding mission,” Wayson told WTMJ.

“What we really need to step in on is when those personal activities seep into their role as a Girl Scout volunteer, and in this case, that’s what happened.”

Why would they ask Hintz to represent the state at a national Girl Scouts conference if her involvement with the Web site was “seeping into her role?”

Here’s what they said in their dismissal letter:

Following an internal review, we are reaffirming the notice of February 9, 2012 removing you from all of your volunteer positions with Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast. This action is being taken due to violations of policy, including your endorsement, while in a Girl Scout capacity, of a website service that does not live up to the Girl Scout standards and principles.

Hintz says she was devastated to be asked to leave. The Milwaukee AV Club reports that Hintz’s co-leader stepped down and five girls were pulled from the troop after Hintz was booted.

Now, what the Girl Scouts are actually saying, in this instance, is that anyone who enjoys entertainment — horror fiction, zombie play-acting, heavy metal, etc. — that the Scouts find offensive can’t be involved with the Girl Scouts. And that may also mean their daughters can’t be involved, either.

The Girl Scouts “Blue Book” (PDF) provides bylaws, policies, and other information for Scout leaders, including this “promise” and “law”:

THE PROMISE:
On my honor, I will try:
To serve God and my country,
To help people at all times,
And to live by the Girl Scout Law.

THE LAW:
I will do my best to be
honest and fair,
friendly and helpful,
considerate and caring,
courageous and strong, and
responsible for what I say and do,
and to
respect myself and others,
respect authority,
use resources wisely,
make the world a better place, and
be a sister to every Girl Scout.

… they’re not exactly living up to either one, are they?

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6 responses to “Girl Scouts oust mom over metal/horror website

  1. Cannibelle Rainbow

    As one of the Cannibelles from the Wisconsin Sickness website, I’d like to thank you for your support 🙂 Came across your blog and after reading some of the articles, I think what you’re doing is really cool. It’s nice to see someone take a logical approach to these rather sticky situations.

    Also, just a note, the “Zombie Porn Star” t-shirts were developed as a response to the various news stories that came out due to this controversy, AFTER Girl Scout rep stated that the site was glorifying serial killers and zombie porn. We all had a good laugh after we heard that and decided it would make a great t-shirt.

    • Thanks so much for your comment, Cannibelle! I’m glad you like what I’m doing. And that’s an excellent note about the t-shirt. Where did they get the “zombie porn” idea from, then? Some people’s imaginations astound me…

  2. I’d like to start off by saying thank you for parroting my own feelings, that the site is about music, horror, and alternative art. As someone who’s followed this story extremely closely I’m amazed how certain people are calling the site a “Satanic Cult.”

    All of these alarmists only talk about the Gein page, and some of the photo galleries. No one mentions all the interviews with artists, musicians, authors, and the like. Not sensational enough I suppose.

    J. Nathan Couch
    Wisconsin Sickness contributor.

  3. Thank you for the real look at the situation. I know I speak for all of us at Wisconsin Sickness and all our fans when I say it’s really nice to see this situation reported logically.

    As for the “Zombie Porn” in one of Charlie Hintz’s (my Husband and creator of Wisconsin Sickness.com) blog posts to comment on the situation he was making a point and wrote:

    “….. Wisconsin Sickness began in 2007, years before Stacy became a Girl Scout leader. Prior to that I ran the original Mental Shed, my website made famous by photoshopped zombie porn, amputees and my daily satiric writings of self-deprecation and social commentary, which launched in 2002. Poor taste? Yes. That was the point. Did we hurt anyone? Were we worshiping Satan and exposing children to pornography? Nope. We were, and continue to be, good people leading good lives, teaching our children to be strong, compassionate and well-mannered individuals. My family is ridiculously poor, yet we continuously strive to help others, living our lives selflessly in pursuit of some greater good……”

    Was it really Zombie Pron? … nope, but he “zombfied” photos in working on his trade as a graphic designer in the horror industry. However after posting this blog, Girl Scouts latched on to the text zombie pron and ran with it!

    Again thank you so much for posting the facts 🙂
    Much love and blessings to you and yours.
    -Stacy Hintz

  4. After reading about this story on FB through a share link of one of my friends I jumped on board to support Stacy and her family. We have communicated often and I can say this. The insinuation that either he or her husband are less than wonderful people b/c of a website they own/run/manage/participate in is completely unfounded and extremely narrow-minded and prejudicial. Finding a person you trust with your children is difficult these days and I have NEVER had my children on daycare and is has been extremely rare I use a babysitter but I would trust Stacy with my girls and think she would be a young, fresh, vibrant influence for my girls. She is passionate about the girls she mentored and truly loved what she did otherwise she wouldn’t have “volunteered” her time and heart for so many years. In this day and age it is truly saddening that we as a society STILL haven’t learned to look past the surface for the true treasure a person possesses. Whats sadder is that time after time, it has been the well trusted persons projecting the model appearance as “Christians and well adjusted law abiding citizens who conform to the norm of America” that were the ones hurting Americas Children. Perhaps someone should have taken the time to bypass their surface appearance first.

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