Walmart in Canada Pulls ‘Racist’ Onesie From Shelves
A onesie found on a Walmart shelf in Canada was promptly pulled after a surge of protests to its insensitivity, according to reports. “I Still Live With My Parents” the onesie reads with two adjacent teepees and an arrow shot through the text.
The product was reportedly found in Ontario, Canada, and shared on social media by Elizabeth Sault, a worker at the Niagara Regional Native Centre in Niagara-on-the-Lake, according to Yahoo! News.
Soon, hundreds of shares and responses to the baby sleeper erupted on social media, with people calling it “racist” and “disgusting.” Several users referenced the frequency of Native children who are removed from their families and placed in foster homes.
“@Walmart Is this for real?! You can’t seriously be a Canadian corporate organization and not understand the offence of this product,” one Twitter user wrote. “Hey @Walmart. You know that indigenous children are taken into foster care disproportionately don’t you?” another tweeted.
In response to the criticism of the onesie, Walmart Canada told the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network in Manitoba, Canada, they have removed the product and they “sincerely apologize.”
“We thank our customers for bringing this matter to our attention. The graphic on this item does not represent Walmart’s beliefs and has no place in our stores. We are removing the product immediately and sincerely apologize for any unintended offense this has caused.”
Meanwhile in the U.S., Walmart is again apologizing for having a racial slur found on one of its products. A third-party vendor listed the color of a cap as “N——Brown.”
“Umm, @walmart, we need to have a chat…” tweeted Travon Free, a comedian and writer for “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.”
In a statement released by Walmart on July 17, the company said it is “appalled” by the product’s description.
“We are very sorry and appalled that this third party seller listed their item with this description on our online marketplace,” Danit Marquardt, director of corporate communications for Walmart, wrote. “It is a clear violation of our policy, and has been removed, and we are investigating the seller to determine how this could have happened.”
Walmart said they have removed all products by the United Kingdom-based third-party seller, Jagazi Naturals, but the owner of that company said the cap is a counterfeit version of theirs and its sale was unauthorized, CNN Money reported. “We’re very sorry for all the distress this has caused. We are feeling the pain here as well,” Chizo Onuh of Jagazi Naturals told CNN Money. “It just doesn’t make any sense. No one will buy the product when you put that offensive name on it.”