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joel steinCensorship rears its ugly head all the time in our line of work. Yesterday it resulted in journalist Joel Stein abruptly pulling out of teaching a Babeland workshop in our LA store.The upcoming workshop is entitled "How to Give a Blow Job" and Stein's current employer pulled the plug for him. Stein, a renowned journalist who did a stint with Time Magazine and now is a columnist with a well-know Southern California daily that does not want us to print their name on our site, had expressed interest in co-teaching this popular workshop. He thought it'd make for a fun column. Schedules were coordinated, co-teacher Kelly Arbor was going to be flown down from Seattle to rehearse with Joel, and so the press release mailed on Wednesday. Well the celeb blog Gawker picked up on it immediately, catty comments started flying, and by Thursday, Joel was telling us he couldn't write the story. "Fine," we said, "we still want you to teach!" He agreed, but before the day was out, he told us his bosses didn't want him associated with the event at all.Ahhh! All for want of a little blow job instruction. You can't miss the irony that probably every guy who weighed in on the decision to kill Joel's teaching debut (not to mention the ones who lampooned him on Gawker) have enjoyed a little fellatio themselves, and probably enough to know a good BJ from a bad one. This subject is so popular, it sells out every workshop we host in our stores, and it happens to be the most frequented page on our web site, with about 60,000 hits per month.Oddly enough, the commentary on Gawker, while first being mostly predictable sophomoric shots at Stein's ability and ego, devolved into a silly debate about why one would need a blow job class in the first place (ie. women should instinctively know how), and whether Joel might be gay if he's teaching the class (can we just say getting blow job instruction from a GUY's point of view is expertise most women crave!).Anyhow, right now we think "this sucks" and we aren't talking about blow jobs.Joel was great to work with and we were looking forward to his class. But the workshop will go off as planned on June 26 at 7:30, and it's free, so come on down if you live in LA.