Primark store pulls 'racist' 'The Walking Dead' shirt from sale
The UK based store Primark has been pressured to pull one shirt off shelves.
The shirt, featuring a baseball bat with barbed wire coiled around it, also donned the words "Eeny Meeny Miny Moe." It references the show The Walking Dead; one character, Negan, uses the bat as his weapon. He says the phrase "eeny meeny miny moe" before wielding the bat, which he calls "Lucille," on his victims:
When a UK couple saw the shirt, though, they did not appreciate the reference: they called the shirt "offensive."
Methodist minister Ian Lucraft and his wife, Gwen, claimed that the shirt was racist. According to The Mirror he said, "It was fantastically offensive and I can only assume that no one in the process of ordering it knew what they were doing or were aware of its subliminal messages."
Lucraft said this is because the "Eeny Meeny Miny Moe" rhyme originally included a racial slur. He said "everyone knows" the "tiger" was initially "n-----" in the common rhyme.
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He also said the baseball bat was jarring, and added to the offense. "This image relates directly to the practice of assaulting black people in America," he said. "It is directly threatening of a racist assault, and if I were black and were faced by a wearer I would know just where I stood."
After receiving a letter from Lucraft, Primark chief exec Paul Marchant removed the shirt from stores. A spokesman for the retailer said, "The T-shirt in question is licensed merchandise for the U.S. television series, The Walking Dead, and the quote and image are taken directly from the show."
"Any offense caused by its design was wholly unintentional and Primark sincerely apologizes for this."