Wal­mart pulls sweater fea­tur­ing bug-eyed Santa Claus with co­caine

Orlando Sentinel - - BUSINESS - By Deanna Paul

WASHINGTON — Wal­mart re­moved sev­eral pieces of hol­i­day mer­chan­dise from its Cana­dian web­site af­ter cus­tomers took of­fense to a line of risqué Christ­mas cloth­ing.

The re­tail gi­ant also is­sued an apol­ogy over a sweater of­fered by third-party seller FUN Wear that fea­tured an im­age of a bug-eyed Santa Claus seated in front of three white lines that ap­peared to be co­caine. The sweater’s tagline: “LET IT SNOW.”

For those who weren’t quite sure what the sweater might be sug­gest­ing, its prod­uct de­scrip­tion read:

“We all know how snow works. It’s white, pow­dery and the best snow comes straight from South Amer­ica. That’s bad news for jolly old St. Nick, who lives far away in the North Pole. That’s why Santa re­ally likes to sa­vor the mo­ment when he gets his hands on some qual­ity, grade A, Colom­bian snow.”

Wal­mart said in a state­ment, “These sweaters, sold by a third-party seller on Wal­mart.ca, do not rep­re­sent Wal­mart’s val­ues and have no place on our web­site.

“We apol­o­gize for any un­in­tended of­fense this may have caused,” it said.

The sweater and sev­eral oth­ers that have since been re­moved from the mar­ket­place were sold by a third-party seller, Wal­mart re­it­er­ated in an email to The Washington

Post.

The other items de­picted the fa­mous Christ­mas cou­ple in com­pro­mis­ing po­si­tions, ac­cord­ing to Canada’s Global News.

On one, a pants-less Santa Claus was seen “roast­ing his chest­nuts” atop a burn­ing fire­place. On an­other, cap­tioned “Santa has been naughty,” a lin­gerie-clad Mrs. Claus was de­picted hold­ing a whip and pre­par­ing to strike her hus­band’s bare be­hind.

Wal­mart has faced sim­i­lar is­sues be­fore. Last year, sup­port­ers of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump called for a boy­cott over a Tshirt sold on Wal­mart’s Amer­i­can mar­ket­place. The shirt bore the words “Im­peach 45,” a ref­er­ence to Trump, the 45th pres­i­dent of the United States.

“We’re re­mov­ing these types of items pend­ing re­view of our mar­ket­place poli­cies,” Wal­mart said in a state­ment at the time.

In 2017, Wal­mart apol­o­gized for a third­party seller’s on­line ad, which con­tained a racist slur. The list­ing from a Bri­tish com­pany that sold hair prod­ucts tai­lored for black peo­ple was for a wig cap in the color “n - brown.”

Wal­mart is not the only on­line re­tailer to pull a sea­sonal prod­uct that some con­sumers have found ob­jec­tion­able.

Last week, Amazon halted the sale of Auschwitz-themed hol­i­day dec­o­ra­tions, in­clud­ing a Christ­mas tree or­na­ment and a bot­tle opener de­scribed as a “mem­o­rable gift, per­fect for ev­ery fes­ti­val.”

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