Amazon Removes Controversial ‘Keep Calm’ T-Shirt

by Christopher Freeburn | March 4, 2013 10:32 am

Amazon Removes Controversial ‘Keep Calm’ T-Shirt

amazon box 630 300x225 Amazon Removes Controversial Keep Calm T Shirt[1]Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN[2]) found itself on the receiving end of online fury after shoppers noticed t-shirts with shocking slogans for sale on its U.K. website[3].

Users vented their wrath via Twitter over listings for t-shirts emblazoned with the words “Keep Calm and Rape On” and “Keep Calm and Hit Her.” Made by a U.S.-based company called Solid Gold Bomb, the shirts were promptly removed the the Internet retailing giant’s online store, CNN noted.

While the shirts were listed for sale, they were print-on-demand items, meaning that since none were sold, none were actually ever printed.

Solid Gold Bomb’s founder apologized for the shirts, saying that the slogans were computer-generated variants on the famed British WWII slogan, “Keep Calm and Carry On.” He said that the company would have squashed the slogans had anyone placed an order for them. The company currently lists 540,000 items on Amazon.

Nonetheless, a barrage of venom was directed at both Amazon and Solid Gold Bomb by outraged  Twitter users.

Last month, Amazon was named the most reputable company in America [4]by respondents to a Harris Interactive poll for the first time, topping Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL[5]).

Shares of Amazon climbed about 1% in Monday morning trading.

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: http://investorplace.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/amazon-box-630.jpg
  2. AMZN: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=AMZN
  3. shoppers noticed t-shirts with shocking slogans for sale on its U.K. website: http://www.cnn.com/2013/03/02/tech/amazon-rape-t-shirt/index.html
  4. the most reputable company in America : http://investorplace.com/2013/02/harris-poll-the-most-reputable-company-in-america-is/
  5. AAPL: http://studio-5.financialcontent.com/investplace/quote?Symbol=AAPL

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