Amazon has cracked down on a third-party seller after getting hit with a wave of social media backlash.
A seller called Styleart was selling novelty clothing, mugs, tote bags, and — yes — baby bibs, with the words “Slavery Gets Shit Done” on them.
As people discovered the offensive, racially charged “joke” merchandise and where to find it, they began talking about boycotting Amazon entirely.
See some of the reactions (below):
.@amazon how lovely is this? A little white boy with a highly insensitive and ignorant ├óΓé¼╦£Slavery Gets Shit Done├óΓé¼Γäó 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
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Grace Croft (@Queen___Grace) January 19, 2018
What in the hell is this? Slavery gets sh*t done?? Guess I’m cancelling my Amazon Prime subscription now. Damn it all to hell! https://t.co/M4Rf2QFDK2 pic.twitter.com/V1lovMXCn9
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Elisheba Yochanan (@elleyochanan) January 22, 2018
Slavery gets shit done??!! 400 years of genocide, an entire culture stripped from a people, entire lineages destroyed forever, psychological damage that we are still overcoming….@amazonIN @amazon do better
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Devin Crudup (@Dev4TheCulture) January 24, 2018
Absolutely shocking t-shirts! – “Amazon under fire for selling ‘Slavery makes sh*t happen’ t-shirts for kids”. Come on @amazon, you should do better to control what you sell
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Anti-Slavery International (@Anti_Slavery) January 22, 2018
Amazon’s policy on third-party sellers does not allow “products that promote or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual, or religious intolerance or promote organizations with such views.”
Since learning of the line, the company has taken quick action. A spokesperson told People:
“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.”
How did these products end up on Amazon in the first place?
Something tells us the insane amount of stuff available to purchase on the site makes policing something of a chore. But it’s one that needs to be done…
[Image via Amazon.]