Wal-Mart is under fire for featuring several tactless T-shirts on its website made by third-party supplier, Hollywood Thread.
One of the most egregious shirts reads, “I’d Rather Be Snorting Cocaine Off Of A Hookers A--."
Some other Hollywood Thread shirts sold on Wal-Mart's website also cross the line on being misogynistic and offensive:
“I Got 99 Donuts ‘Cause A B---- Ate One,” “Master Baiter,” “I’m A Leg Man!” and “I [heart] Breastfeeding.”
The contentious shirts are all being sold for $19.95 on the Wal-Mart website, along with more “family friendly” options.
Mashable contacted Bao Nguyen, who works in media relations for the superstore’s Global eCommerce and Technology Department. The Wal-Mart spokesman says the corporation plans on taking the T-shirts off the website.
"Wow. This obviously has no business being on our site," said Nguyen. "We’re removing it ASAP. Thanks for calling it out."
Nguyen explained to Mashable how Wal-Mart’s partnerships with intermediary retailers like Hollywood Thread work.
When a seller is approved, Wal-Mart gives the company a comprehensive outline of its policies and what is permitted to be sold on the company’s website.
After an official seller uploads an item online, it is filtered by Wal-Mart to ensure the listing doesn't contain any undesirable keywords.
Nguyen says that Wal-Mart also has a trust and compliance team that combs through the site daily for anything that may have slipped past the filter.
"We apologize to anyone who was offended," Nguyen said, agreeing that the T-shirt was in violation of Wal-Mart’s rules.
Wal-Mart released an official statement regarding the provocative shirt:
This obviously has no business being on our site. It wasn’t sold by Walmart directly, but by a third party sellers on our marketplace. It’s in clear violation of our policy. We apologize to anyone who was offended by the item and we’re removing it immediately.