British Retailer Primark Under Fire for "Fantastically Offensive" 'Walking Dead' T-Shirt
Published Feb 22, 2017Did you know that the popular children's rhyme "Eeny Meeny Miny Moe" was once peppered with racial epithets? Someone who designed a Walking Dead-themed T-shirt for British clothing chain Primark was apparently unaware, as they've since become embroiled in an international controversy.
The retailer has been selling the above shirt (captured via Twitter user AdamCJMcLean), which is a reference to the AMC zombie show's brutally violent Season 6 finale. Aside from its moderately corny design, the shirt has irked UK residents thanks to its racially loaded message.
Speaking with the Sheffield Star, a British man named Ian Lucruft expressed his disgust with the shirt.
"We were shocked when we came face to face with a new T-shirt with a racially explicit graphic and text," Lucruft said. "It was fantastically offensive and I can only assume that no-one in the process of ordering it knew what they were doing, or were aware of its subliminal messages.
"The graphic has a large American baseball bat, wrapped round with barbed wire, and covered with blood. This image relates directly to the practice of assaulting black people in America. It is directly threatening of a racist assault, and if I were black and were faced by a wearer I would know just where I stood."
Primark has discontinued sales of the shirt, though it's still available from other retailers around the world.