T-shirts with the phrase “Boston Massacre” are quickly being pulled off shelves by Nike after public outcry about the insensitivity of the phrase. The shirts are a reference to the 1978 baseball season, when the New York Yankees were able to knock the Red Sox out of the playoffs. The phrase is also a nod to a 1770 attack on Boston civilians by British soldiers.
Eric Stangel, an executive producer and writer for the Late Show with David Letterman, brought the matter to the company’s attention when he tweeted a picture of one of the shirts.
“Saw this @ Nike Outlet,'” Stangel, wrote on Twitter on Saturday. “Told them they shouldn't be selling it.”
He said that a staff member at the store told him: “We've been taking them down. But somehow they keep ending up back on the rack.”
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One of Stangel’s followers responded by writing: “Who thought that was a good idea?' Another one simply said: 'Rip off the rack!'
A Nike representative also responded to Stangel, according to The Daily Mail. “Thank you Eric,” she wrote. “We took action earlier this week to remove the shirts. We are immediately on it again thanks to your tweet.”
Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was charged Monday with charged with one count of using and conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction in the U.S. and one count of malicious destruction of property with an explosive device.