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Zazzle Just Pulled An Anti-Semitic Shirt From Its Website, But It Shouldn’t Have Been There In The First Place

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.

Seriously.

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.”

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.”

Twitter was outraged at the shirt’s shameless bigotry.

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.

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Written by Collin Gossel

Collin Gossel is a writer and comedian living in Brooklyn, New York, but there are nights when he looks up at the stars and wistfully thinks to himself “there’s got to be more out there…” You can catch Collin improvising new musicals every Tuesday night at the Magnet Theater’s Musical Megawatt, or follow his unfiltered thoughts on Twitter and Instagram @CollinGossel.--