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Amazon pulls ‘absolutely shocking’ slavery apparel after backlash

Amazon is facing backlash for a series of products on its site that displayed a slogan praising slavery.

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A third-party seller named Styleart recently used its Market platform to sell a number of items with the phrase “slavery gets [expletive] done” and an image of pyramids in the background. The merchandise, which has been taken down, included laptop cases, mugs, bags, T-shirts and bibs, and some of the apparel was modeled by white infants

Many customers were outraged, and Anti-Slavery International, a human rights organization, called the flub “absolutely shocking.” 

Others expressed their disappointment with the company and challenged the retailer to better monitor things sold on the site. A few even threatened to boycott and cancel their accounts.

Amid the criticism, Amazon pulled the clothing, releasing a statement to Reuters

“All Marketplace sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who don’t will be subject to action including potential removal of their account,” a spokesman said. “The products in question are no longer available.”

The Amazon incident occurred just weeks after H&M came under fire for posing a black child model in a hoodie that read “coolest monkey in the jungle.” The image was removed from the website and H&M issued an apology.

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