Zazzle pulls antisemitic T-shirt after complaints

Company that sells user-designed products said 'At least I'm not Jewish' shirt violated its terms of service.

January 21, 2019 11:51
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A SCREENSHOT of the t-shirt before it was removed from the site

A SCREENSHOT of the t-shirt before it was removed from the site. (photo credit: screenshot)


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Zazzle, the personalized gift company, pulled an antisemitic shirt for sale on its site after complaints.

The company, which allow users to design and sell a variety of customized items, removed a shirt on Sunday that read "At least I'm not Jewish."

The shirt was not designed by Zazzle itself, but by a user named "The Slesk Bazaar." As of Monday, the user no longer had any products for sale on Zazzle. A cached Google search showed that it had also been selling a shirt reading "At least I'm not Christian."   

Twitter users - including the accounts @No2BDS and writer Ashlee Marie Preston, began complaining Sunday about the shirt. Zazzle quickly responded, saying it was removing the item in question.

"We’ve immediately removed the products in question," the company wrote on Twitter. "Zazzle provides an open marketplace where designers can create and upload wide variety of products. When a product is brought to our attention that violates our terms of service, we take swift action to have the product removed."

It was not clear how long the shirt was available for sale on the website before being pulled.

Zazzle's website includes a section on "acceptable content guidelines," with a list of content that is not allowed to be sold. Those include "No content that can reasonably be viewed as harassing, threatening, or otherwise harmful, no hate speech [and] no content that can reasonably be viewed as discriminatory based upon race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or disability."

The guidelines note that "any products that are deemed unacceptable by the rules above, or deemed offensive or in bad taste at the sole judgment of Zazzle will have the products cancelled and removed from the Marketplace with or without notice." 

Many companies that allow third-party sellers to use their platforms have faced controversy in the past for selling products that could be considered hate speech. Amazon, Walmart and Sears have all come under fire for products found for sale on their sites.

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