Oh, man. Twitter users were feeling pretty furious after it was noticed that some pretty heinous gear was being sold online.
Using Amazon’s Marketplace, which allows individual sellers to host their own products, a seller named ‘Styleart’ had a range of t-shirts, tote bags and bibs on offer with such slogans as ‘Slavery gets s*** done’. To make matters even worse – some items were modeled by small infants and babies.
It’s pretty shocking seeing a pro-slavery message anywhere, especially given that actual slavery still exists in many parts of the world. According to United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO) and human rights group Walk Free Foundation, 40 million people were living as modern slaves last year, be it in forced labour or forced marriages.
To be fair to Amazon, they removed the items from all their sites as soon as they were noticed, and made it clear this seller was in direct violation of Amazon’s guidelines. So while they were definitely not condoning this, they could probably stand to do a better job of screening sellers publishing items on their sites in future.
“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,” said an Amazon spokesperson to People.
Amazon’s prohibited listings include “products that promote or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual or religious intolerance or promote organizations with such views,” so these items are a huge no-go.
Understandably, people were up in arms over this:
— theGrio.com (@theGrio) January 24, 2018
The disrespect is really coming from all angles, another out of control t-shirt! @Amazon‘s ‘slavery gets sh*t done’ products have customers threatening to cancel their accounts. Rightfully so. https://t.co/03qOyVTMFL pic.twitter.com/0I9uzUuIiC
— Blavity (@Blavity) January 24, 2018
We’re not sure who ‘Styleart’ is or are, and how on earth they got these products all way through design, production, photography, and up online before anyone issued them with a very firm and clear ‘Wtf?’ We’re pretty sure people will be keeping a close in the future.