Following the controversy H&M recently found themselves in behind their “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle” hoodie, it seems as though Amazon has received some backlash over nearly the same thing.
The online retailer has pulled a number of products that dawn the slogan “Slavery Gets Sh*t Done”, following widespread backlash from the public. Amazon told Reuters that the merchandise was listed by third-party sellers.
“All Marketplace sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who don’t will be subject to action including potential removal of their account,” an Amazon spokesman said. “The products in question are no longer available.”
The offensive slogan (along with an image of pyramids in the background) was branded on a number of products, such as jumpers, baby bibs, tote bags, mugs, and t-shirts.
People could not believe it and expressed their disgust on social media.
.@amazon how lovely is this? A little white boy with a highly insensitive and ignorant ‘Slavery Gets Shit Done’ bib on. Hmm.. did they pick the cotton right amazon? Or no? Gotta love 2018, what a great start. #Amazon #BOYCOTTAMAZON pic.twitter.com/DKKLFH4JKJ
— shawty sad (@Saients) January 19, 2018
Product line on @amazon includes image of pyramids with slogan “slavery get shit done.” Not only is this incredibly insensitive and abhorrent but, since slaves didn’t build the pyramids, the manufacturer also lacks basic historical literacy.
— Joseph McQuade (@McQuade906) January 23, 2018
Amazon offered no comment when contacted by Fortune, but instead referred to their policy on offensive product, which prohibits “products that promote or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual, or religious intolerance or promote organizations with such views.”
All products from the offensive line have been removed entirely.
Slavery is not merely a problematic past occurrence. Some 40 million people continued to live as slaves just last year, according to the United Nations International Labour Organization.