Amazon pulls 'pro-slavery' clothing line after huge backlash
Straight off the back of the recent H&M scandal involving the now infamous 'racist' hoodie, another company has taken it upon themselves to deliver a blunder to defy the ages. Firstly, though, before we look at the products in question, we need to talk about this recent trend in companies doing something absolutely ridiculous and stupid and then being shocked at the moment people get offended.
Initially, there was the now infamous Pepsi advert that involved Kendall Jenner solving the issue of racism in America by simply handing a cop a can of Pepsi in the middle of a protest. Understandably, there was an outpouring of laughter across social media with many questioning the logic that went into the advert. Such was the abuse, Kendall ended up crying and apologizing for her part in the commercial.
Then came the H&M hoodie. If you're not aware of this story; H&M released a hoodie that said "coolest kid in the jungle" and had a young black child model it on the website. Unsurprisingly, despite the mother of the boy saying she had no issue with the top, people believed that it was racist and the fall out involved high profile celebrities such as The Weeknd pulling their partnerships with the fashion house.
Now, however, we have the creme de la creme of PR blunders. Take a look at this monstrosity:
Twitter user @Queen_Grace tweeted a picture of a white baby wearing a bib carrying the logo "SLAVERY GETS S**T DONE." But while the bib may have seemed bad enough to be a one-off piece bought by parents have the worst sense of humor, it turns out that there is a whole bunch of merchandise carrying the exact same logo.
Even more shockingly, the clothing was being sold on Amazon via a third party seller. Obviously, after becoming aware of the attention that the clothing was receiving online and receiving various complaints, Amazon has reportedly pulled the items from the website. In a statement, a spokesperson for the company said: “All Marketplace sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who don’t will be subject to action including potential removal of their account. The products in question are no longer available.”
David Westlake, chief executive of Internation Justice Mission (IJM) UJ weighed in on the debate, saying: “Children [who more than likely made the t shirts] the same age as those modeling the T-shirts will be forced to work long hours for no pay in desperate conditions where starvation, beatings and sleep deprivation are common."
But the most crushing review of the clothing came from Jakub Sobik from Anti-Slavery International (ASI), who told Reuters: “If it is meant to be funny, it fails miserably.”
Simple but effective from Sobik. In all honesty, this has to be the worst blunder yet. How anyone ever believed that these products were a good idea is beyond me.