.@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— Grace Croft (@Queen___Grace) January 19, 2018
Just a few days after H&M was forced to apologize for a racist hoodie ad featuring a black child, Amazon came under fire for selling children’s clothing and other merchandise, featuring a slavery-promoting slogan.
Seller Styleart, a third-party seller, offered a wide range of products, including baby clothes, mugs, bags and T-shirts modeled by toddlers, all including the phrase, “Slavery Gets S*** Done.” The offensive words were accompanied by an image of the three Pyramids of Giza, which many believe were constructed by Hebrew slaves, though historians disagree.
Soon after heavy criticism from shoppers, the slavery themed products were removed from Amazon U.K. website. However, bags bearing the slogan were still on the U.S. based Amazon as of Wednesday morning.
“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 in a statement. “The products in question are no longer available.”
However, the action came too late as the racist products had already prompted many customers to boycott the giant retail e-commerce site.
How anyone can think putting that on a t-shirt is acceptable is appalling. It is offensive in the modern climate where there are more than 40 million slaves and insulting to the memory of those enslaved throughout history!https://t.co/6Jeq1ihumr— Beth (@BethJackson1x) January 23, 2018
https://t.co/jRMbjvwH9U— blkjustice (@blkjustice32) January 22, 2018
Amazon sales Women Handbags that has three pyramids on it saying "SLAVERY GETS SHIT DONE"
These m************ know what they're doing now it's time to boycott Amazon! pic.twitter.com/kBecJRYFyx
Human rights organization Anti-Slavery International also condemned Amazon’s racist overtones and said such sales undermine the efforts to end modern day slavery.
"If it is meant to be funny, it fails miserably," Jakub Sobik of the anti-slavery group told Reuters.
“Children 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,” said David Westlake, chief executive of International Justice Mission U.K.
“Rather than trivializing slavery, companies and the global community must recognize the vast injustice of modern slavery and work together to end it for good,” he added.
An estimated 40.3 million people are living as modern day slaves around the world, either trapped in bondage, forced labor or forced marriages, according to the United Nations International Labor Organization and human rights group Walk Free Foundation.
“There is nothing humorous in the fact that around the world, women, men and children are being sold as personal property and are victims of violence and abuse,” Westlake said. “It is not funny that often products we buy here in the West — including T-shirts — can have slavery and child labor in their supply chains.”
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