The online retailer Zazzle is in hot water after a blatantly anti-semitic shirt was discovered on the site.
The t-shirt, which came in 14 different colors (including red with white lettering), was emblazoned with the words:
“At Least I’m Not Jewish.”
And it was not even subtle.
The “slogan” was featured right in the title for the shirt on Zazzle’s website.
Yoooo... Zazzle... y’all are bugging out. You’re just casually going to insult Jewish people and rock anti-semitism like it’s the hottest look?? ???? pic.twitter.com/4DlsaUtDQn— Ashlee Marie Preston (@AshleeMPreston) January 20, 2019
The shirt, which was sold by a vendor known only as “The Slesk Bazaar,” has been removed from the site.
No other products are available from “The Slesk Bazaar,” according to the Jerusalem Post, though at one point they were selling another shirt which read:
“At least I’m not Christian.”
Who thought THAT was a good idea? SMDH.— don j orlando (@actrguy) January 20, 2019
Zazzle apologized for their misstep, saying:
“Zazzle provides an open marketplace where designers can create and upload wide variety of products. When a product is brought to our attention that violates our terms of service, we take swift action to have the product removed.”
who would design/wear this???— Alex di Mauro (@shane_comeback_) January 20, 2019
Well nothing like telling others what you ARE, even if it wasn't your intention...— jobee (@johnathonburke) January 20, 2019
Congrats zazzle. Have fun in bankruptcy!
Twitter was outraged at the shirt’s shameless bigotry.
HOW DID THIS MAKE IT TO PRODUCTION— yeetus (@YeeticusT) January 20, 2019
After complaints? That they put it up for sale in the first place shows how Anti-Semitic they are. I hope they close down.— Debbie Ray (@DebbieRay5) January 21, 2019
Disgusting! I’ve been ordering from them for years. Not anymore.— Alicia Smith (@IamAliciaSmith) January 20, 2019
Yes. An individual might choose to put an ugly slogan, him/herself, onto a shirt; but, this printed tee should never have been made and sold by a reputable company. We are better than this.— ms_skygazer (@ms_skygazer) January 23, 2019
The website’s terms of service prohibit:
“content that can reasonably be viewed as harassing, threatening, or otherwise harmful, no hate speech [and] no content that can reasonably be viewed as discriminatory based upon race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or disability.”
While removing the hateful shirt is certainly a positive step, large online companies like Zazzle should be analyzing their technology and products to make sure items like this never go on sale in the first place. Nor should they rely on consumers to “point out” violations of their own terms of service.
It’s just bad business.
With the data-mining software available, no web-based company should ever be spreading bigotry, even inadvertently.