06 December 2017

Who thought this was a good idea?

As reported by Arizona Family:
[Walmart] has pulled a t-shirt bearing the message “Rope. Tree. Journalist. SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED” from its website after the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) sent a message to Walmart alerting them to the shirt’s controversial content.

The shirt was also sold in the online store of a company called Teespring, who was acting as the third-party seller for Walmart’s online listing of the product. Teespring has since removed the shirt from its website...

A shirt with the words “Black women are trash” prompted outrage in May of 2017 when links to buy the shirts on Teespring’s site appeared on social media and went viral...

...a shirt emblazoned with “Eat Sleep Rape Repeat” was not just being sold on Teespring’s site, it was marked as a “best selling tank/shirt.”

A journalist who reported on the "Panama Papers" tax evasion scheme has been assassinated.


  1. Trump supporters, that's who. Trump has further inflamed nationalist fear and rationalization, and... legitimized fascist discourse to the point of actual physical backlash. The hallmarks of any fascist regime (ie- channeling ignorance, utilizing propaganda and legitimizing the racist mindset) are readily recognizable, and their ultimate consequences... equally predictable.

  2. I don't know about these specific examples, but many online products are "designed" algorithmically, essentially making click-bait word salad. Recently there was a t-shirt in an online store that read "KEEP CALM AND RAPE A LOT". Horrifying in most contexts, but it was put together by a computer program to attract interest (and succeeded).

    1. As to the specific example above...


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