True to its name, Amazon.com is a veritable jungle of products of all kinds. You can buy literally anything on Amazon, as this poor couple discovered. Because of Amazon's unthinkable vastness, sometimes wildly inappropriate items slip through the cracks.
It shouldn't happen. Period. But it does, with some regularity, and when it does, the backlash is always immediate and passionate.
This time, Amazon has come under fire for selling pro-slavery products. Yeah. Not a good look.
This is far from the first time Amazon has been criticized for allowing the sale of insensitive products.
.@Amazon has been described as "grossly irresponsible" for selling this top about anorexia and bulimia. Should it b… https://t.co/3Nh34arXpH— Victoria Derbyshire (@Victoria Derbyshire)1507019545.0
According to this Twitter user, allowing the sale of offensive products is just sort of a habit for the online retailer.Obviously, this is a problem. And unfortunately, it doesn't seem like Amazon has any real plan in place to combat incidents like this.
Speaking of messages that infuriate, check out the way this retailer decided to market their plus size leggings:This obviously caused quite a stir. One reviewer wrote, "I can't believe Amazon would even allow this type of advertising. Terrible. How about you guys get an actual plus-sized model to model plus sized clothing or just show the leggings solo. Offensive!!!" That about sums it up.
Clearly, there's a problem that needs to be addressed here.But Amazon doesn't seem up to having the conversation, and that's extremely disheartening. Now, they've come under fire yet again for beyond egregious pro-slavery items. Wait until you see these...
Several products — most notably including children's clothes — sporting the slogan "Slavery Gets S**t Done" were for a while there being sold on Amazon.Yah. Not good. You see the pyramid graphic over the top?
Of course, once one person noticed that these were being sold on Amazon, the outrage spread like wildfire.
If one thing is going to banjax @amazon it's their lack of curation; it's a huge free-for-all. At best the Fire sti… https://t.co/NxU2fGKvKp— e d i e (@e d i e)1516189145.0
How awful is it to see this cute little kid wearing this message of hate?!
.@amazon how lovely is this? A little white boy with a highly insensitive and ignorant ‘Slavery Gets Shit Done’ bib… https://t.co/exAzUx2THJ— Grace (@Grace)1516384125.0
And if any company has the power to be a force for good, it's Amazon.
After Amazon Go launch, Jeff Bezos gains $2.8 billion in a day and reaches his highest net worth ever: $113.5 billi… https://t.co/JN4Xhm7NKZ— Forbes (@Forbes)1516756377.0