Online retailer CafePress under fire for anti-Mexican merchandise
One of the world’s largest online stores scrutinized for promoting “Anti-Mexican” merchandise. (Screenshot, Tex(t)Mex)
CafePress, a retailer that allows independent merchants and designers to sell their products online, has taken down sections of its website that promoted “Anti-Mexican” merchandise after coming under fire from Latino bloggers.
The online store pulled down 10 pages with explicit anti-Mexican products — T-shirts, bumper stickers, hoodies, mugs, etc — after news outlets picked up posts by the blogs Tex(t)Mex and Latino Rebels, according to msnbc.com.
It’s not the first time CafePress has been criticized for offering what would normally be considered offensive or racist products, and it likely won’t be the last. Even though anti-Mexican pages were pulled down, anti-Mexican products are still available on the site. That’s in addition to merchandise labeled “Anti-Arab,” “Anti-French,” “Anti-African,” and so on. The site also seems to have pulled down a section called “F**k Illegals”.
CafePress explained in statement that it does not review seller submitted merchandise:
The range of user-designed products varies widely in topic, taste and political opinion. CafePress’ independent design community spans the globe, with users representing multicultural and multinational ideals and sentiments. As such, users may upload designs that some find distasteful or offensive, but are nevertheless consistent with our policies for expressions and content on our website.
They also encourage users to report inappropriate products at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read more at msnbc.com.