Amazon Faces Backlash For Selling 'Slavery Gets S**t Done' Merchandise On Website
Amazon has received backlash for selling a series of products that bore a pro-slavery slogan on its website.
Styleart, a third-party seller, was selling laptop cases, mugs, bags, children’s T-shirts and bibs with the phrase “Slavery Gets S**t Done” through Amazon’s Marketplace platform. The apparel and accessories were modeled by children and toddlers.
.@amazon how lovely is this? A little white boy with a highly insensitive and ignorant ‘Slavery Gets Shit Done’ bib on. Hmm.. did they pick the cotton right amazon? Or no? Gotta love 2018, what a great start. #Amazon #BOYCOTTAMAZON pic.twitter.com/DKKLFH4JKJ
— Grace Croft (@Queen___Grace) January 19, 2018
The items began circulating throughout social media Monday, with a number of people speaking on how offensive the items were.
“What in the hell is this? Slavery gets sh*t done?? Guess I’m cancelling my Amazon Prime subscription now. Damn it all to hell!” one Twitter user wrote.
— Elisheba Yochanan (@elleyochanan) January 22, 2018
Human rights organization Anti-Slavery International also called out Amazon for the items, telling the company “you should do better to control what you sell.”
— Anti-Slavery International (@Anti_Slavery) January 22, 2018
Following the controversy, Amazon released the following statement.
“All Marketplace sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who don’t will be subject to action including potential removal of their account,” an Amazon UK representative told Global Citizen. “The products in question are no longer available.”
This incident follows something similar that occurred with H&M, where the Swedish clothing company came under fire for having a young black boy model in a sweater with the slogan the “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle.”
Since then, H&M has hired a global diversity leader to address “diversity and inclusiveness.” Annie Wu, the company’s global manager for employee relations, has been selected for the position. However, it is unknown what her duties and responsibilities will entail.