After receiving a concerned message from the journalist advocacy group The Radio Television Digital News Association, Walmart has officially pulled a t-shirt bearing a shocking racist and violent message, the Star Tribune reports.
The t-shirt itself was listed on the Walmart website through the third-party seller Teespring and bore the terrifying message: “Rope. Tree. Journalist. SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED.”
— Star Tribune (@StarTribune) November 30, 2017
Once Walmart representatives received the message from RTDNA about the disturbingly violent (and deeply racist) sentiments, they pulled the t-shirt from the website.
Shortly after our Voice of the #FirstAmendment Task Force sent a letter to the company’s top executives, @Walmart removed this violent shirt from its website. https://t.co/finmC8nBgX pic.twitter.com/bKO7gxGnsw
— RTDNA (@RTDNA) November 30, 2017
“This item was sold by a third-party seller on our marketplace and clearly violates our policy. We removed it as soon as it was brought to our attention, and are conducting a thorough review of the seller’s assortment,” Walmart told the Star Tribune, following the debacle.
My God https://t.co/wsdIyKyfZw
— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) November 30, 2017
Ya think, Walmart? https://t.co/YeJIu4sMOS
— Christopher Orr (@OrrChris) November 30, 2017
While Teespring serves as a platform that allows online users to post shirt designs, the company confirmed that they’ve taken note of the scary message and removed the shirt from their platform. This incident is also spurring the company to sweep the entire site for potentially violent designs.
“As soon as we were alerted to this content promoting violence against journalists we removed the content, added this content to our automated scanning systems, and kicked off a human sweep of the site to find and remove any similar content,” Teespring said.
Third-party seller or not, people on Twitter have been rightfully alarmed by the fact that Walmart sold this shirt in the first place.
… and just how does this get on the website of a company like walmart to begin with??? https://t.co/dveIhG0Dw4
— fake nick ramsey (@nick_ramsey) November 30, 2017
I saw Trump supporters wearing "Rope. Tree. Journalist. Some assembly required" shirts when I was on the campaign trail last year. Unbelievable that Walmart has been selling them. https://t.co/ahYaiF93UH
— Colleen Nelson (@ColleenMNelson) November 30, 2017
I wanna know who in @Walmart's supply chain allowed this shirt to be sold.
I suspect Walmart does too https://t.co/lMUmH8QmDM
— Derek Wallbank (@dwallbank) November 30, 2017
— SeánO'SheaGLOBALTV (@ConsumerSOS) November 30, 2017
Why was this allowed to be there in the first place?!
— Cee Streetlights: Mother. Poet. Badass. (@CStreetlights) November 30, 2017
What in the hell is wrong with people?
— Tricia Braun (@Tricia_Braun) November 30, 2017
What the fuck is happening IN THIS WORLD
— Sara Neville (@saranev) November 30, 2017
That they ever had it up just . . .chills.
— KSelk (@ecrire831) November 30, 2017
Oversight or not, there’s no excuse for selling a t-shirt that incites this level of violence.
Source : Someecards