Question #1: Who Approved these designs? Manufacturer seems to be saying no one.
The Huffington Post is reporting that Amazon.com was selling shirts that encourage rape and violence toward women.
The shirts, now removed from Amazon.com included the following slogans:
Keep Calm and Rape a Lot.
Keep Calm and Knife Her.
Keep Calm and Grope a Lot.
Keep Calm and Hit Her.
Keep Calm and Choke Her.
Solid Gold Bomb, the company selling the shirts was bombarded with angry public comments on Twitter and eventually took down its Twitter account claiming in its defense that the shirts were computer generated. A more comprehensive explanation and apology is on the company’s website. Its unclear whether or not any of these “on demand” shirt designs were ever ordered or manufactured. The company’s official apology seems to indicate they were not.
On its website , Solid Gold Bomb founder Michael Fowler says:
As a father, husband, brother and son, I would never promote such product in our company and it was clear to see this when looking across the millions of t-shirts that we offer or can produce on demand. Had these items ever sold, we would have immediately pulled the series and are doing so on our own and Amazon channels worldwide. Currently, our listings have been fully removed and we are working to delete the entire parody series. Again, this was never my intention and I am extremely sorry for the trouble this carelessness has caused.
But here’s the question a lot of people are asking. How can products like these be available for sale on Amazon without a single human being somewhere, somehow, approving the designs?
“Keep Calm and Choke Her”, “Keep Calm and Grope On”, yeah sure, that was an accident. Heads should roll over this bull #solidgoldbomb
— the Annelis (@the_Annelis) March 3, 2013
Think I might launch a new T shirt ‘keep calm and blame the algorithm’ #solidgoldbomb
— Alice Cullerne Bown (@DDsDiary) March 3, 2013
— KDub (@WEAGLEMAN) March 3, 2013
And if you think these Solid Gold Bomb shirts are an anomaly, it would appear they are not the only example of rape shirts for sale on Amazon.
— Destroy The Joint (@JointDestroyer) March 2, 2013
Meanwhile, in some quarters, people are asking why this is such a big deal…
In the era of “legitimate rape” and the c-word being used the describe an African American child actress, it would seem that people are a bit edgy about the trivialization of violence against women. And I, for one, can’t blame them.