Published 12:05 AM EST Dec 10, 2019
A Christmas sweater depicting Santa and what appears to be lines of cocaine has been pulled from Walmart’s Canadian website.
The “Let It Snow” sweater was being offered by a third-party seller and was not available on Walmart’s U.S. website, the company said in a statement to USA TODAY on Monday.
“These sweaters, sold by a third-party seller on Walmart.ca (our website in Canada), do not represent Walmart’s values and have no place on our website,” Walmart said in the statement. “We have removed these products from our marketplace. We apologize for any unintended offence this may have caused.”
The Santa sweater is the latest “product gone wrong” in 2019:
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• Adidas: In February, Adidas pulled a sneaker it was selling in honor of Black History Month after the all-white running shoe was slammed on Twitter. The shoe, part of the company’s Ultraboost line, was included in a broader collection of clothing and sneakers inspired by the Harlem Renaissance, but critics said the sneaker’s color, and even the material apparently used to create it, made for a tone-deaf tribute.
• Burberry: During a show for the fashion brand’s autumn/winter 2019 collection at London Fashion Week in February, Burberry featured a hoodie with a noose around the neck.
• Gucci, part one: Also in February, the Italian fashion house faced backlash for an $890 sweater that resembled blackface. The company pulled the controversial sweater from stores after celebrities like Spike Lee and T.I. called for a boycott the brand.
• Gucci, part two: In May, Gucci came under fire yet again for its $790 “Indy Full Turban” that many social media users deemed cultural appropriation. The controversial product – which first hit the runway at Milan Fashion Week in February 2018 – had its name changed to “Indy Full Head Wrap.”
• Macy’s: In July, Macy’s was accused of body shaming moms with Pourtions brand plates, which included portion-controlled plates with a “mom jeans” plate size. Macy’s pulled the plates, saying they “missed the mark” after people on social media complained they promoted body image issues.
Contributing: Sonja Haller, Cydney Henderson, Charisse Jones, Maeve McDermott and Anika Reed, USA TODAY.
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