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Sat Mar 2, 2013, 08:15 AM

Company apologises for 'Keep Calm And Rape' T-shirts

Source: The Sun

FURY erupted last night over vile T-shirts featuring the slogan ‘Keep Calm And Rape’ which are being sold on Amazon.

A vendor known as Solid Gold Bomb was selling a sick range with phrases such as ‘Keep Calm And Rape A Lot’ emblazoned on the front.

Last night, more than 50 complaints were made about the garments, which are being sold in the novelty T-shirts category.

They caused a Twitter storm after DJ and comic Lauren Laverne slammed website bosses.

The 34-year-old wrote: “What the **** Amazon?

Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4821235/company-apologises-for-keep-calm-and-rape-tshirts.html#ixzz2MO6tcMSb


Read more: http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/4821235/company-apologises-for-keep-calm-and-rape-tshirts.html



Amazon slammed for selling T-shirts with the words 'Keep Calm And Rape Them' message on front.

A company is selling t-shirts with the slogan 'Keep Calm And Rape Them' emblazoned across the chest on Amazon.

The online clothing store, Solid Gold Bomb, sells the short-sleeved t-shirts for between £15 and £17 on the warehouse website.

But potential customers are clearly not willing to buy the deeply offensive t-shirts, slamming both Amazon and the clothes shop, which has its headquarters in the UK.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2286848/Amazon-slammed-selling-T-shirts-words-Keep-Calm-Rape-Them-message-front.html#ixzz2MO7QzC2C

Amazon row over 'rape' T-shirt.

Internet retailer Amazon is continuing to sell clothes from a US firm despite a row over a T-shirt printed with the message: "Keep calm and rape a lot."

On Friday, US company Solid Gold Bomb apologised for selling the T-shirt and removed it from sale, saying a listing was automatically generated in error.

At 12:00 GMT on Saturday, the firm had T-shirts with messages including "keep calm and hit her" on sale.

Amazon has yet to respond to a request for a comment.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-21640347

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Reply Company apologises for 'Keep Calm And Rape' T-shirts (Original post)
dipsydoodle Mar 2013 OP
AsahinaKimi Mar 2013 #1
sofa king Mar 2013 #10
Scairp Mar 2013 #34
wordpix Mar 2013 #53
RudynJack Mar 2013 #59
Posteritatis Mar 2013 #13
AsahinaKimi Mar 2013 #16
GeoWilliam750 Mar 2013 #50
AsahinaKimi Mar 2013 #57
Jumpin Jack Fletch Mar 2013 #2
jsr Mar 2013 #3
LisaLynne Mar 2013 #7
chervilant Mar 2013 #4
another_liberal Mar 2013 #5
Little Star Mar 2013 #6
freshwest Mar 2013 #22
Scairp Mar 2013 #35
Scairp Mar 2013 #40
tblue37 Mar 2013 #60
NewJeffCT Mar 2013 #8
wordpix Mar 2013 #54
Lucky Luciano Mar 2013 #9
Eleanors38 Mar 2013 #12
Eleanors38 Mar 2013 #11
Posteritatis Mar 2013 #14
Eleanors38 Mar 2013 #24
Posteritatis Mar 2013 #26
mimi85 Mar 2013 #30
reACTIONary Mar 2013 #58
RedstDem Mar 2013 #15
niyad Mar 2013 #17
iandhr Mar 2013 #18
mercuryblues Mar 2013 #19
tblue37 Mar 2013 #61
petronius Mar 2013 #64
Solly Mack Mar 2013 #20
judesedit Mar 2013 #21
judesedit Mar 2013 #23
cate94 Mar 2013 #25
bettyellen Mar 2013 #27
BainsBane Mar 2013 #52
Kalidurga Mar 2013 #28
bettyellen Mar 2013 #29
Comrade Grumpy Mar 2013 #32
bettyellen Mar 2013 #39
Texasgal Mar 2013 #51
Sheldon Cooper Mar 2013 #33
athenasatanjesus Mar 2013 #31
Prism Mar 2013 #36
dipsydoodle Mar 2013 #37
Prism Mar 2013 #43
bettyellen Mar 2013 #42
Prism Mar 2013 #44
BalancedGoat Mar 2013 #38
bettyellen Mar 2013 #41
dipsydoodle Mar 2013 #45
Revanchist Mar 2013 #46
dipsydoodle Mar 2013 #47
Revanchist Mar 2013 #48
dipsydoodle Mar 2013 #49
tblue37 Mar 2013 #62
dipsydoodle Mar 2013 #63
sakabatou Mar 2013 #55
kestrel91316 Mar 2013 #56
Beacool Mar 2013 #65

Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 08:29 AM

1. WTH were they thinking?

That this was somehow okay?

Neboken Ja Neyo..pull your damn heads out!

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Reply #1)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 10:18 AM

10. 1001001 $$

Cultural insensitivity is built right into our automatic world. The likely answer is that nobody at Amazon was thinking about it.

Rather, a computer probably quite happily accepted the design and the money, without a "thought" at all.

But I know what you're thinking, you random special you out there somewhere: Rush is AWESOME!

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Response to sofa king (Reply #10)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 04:39 PM

34. Forget about Amazon

The question that should be asked is, what about the company that made them? What exactly were they thinking making such a t-shirt? Who the hell inside that company thought it was a good idea to put that on a shirt and then thought someone would actually buy it?

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Response to Scairp (Reply #34)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 08:04 PM

53. idiot people WILL buy it but this is a good reason to boycott Amazon

Who wants to support Amazon if it can't even provide a little oversight of products it sells?

Next up: "My shirt was made in a sweatshop that burned workers unrecognizable"

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Response to Scairp (Reply #34)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 10:42 PM

59. This.

Amazon sells tons of stuff that will offend somebody. It's not their job to censor, just as a local bookstore should not decide what material is offensive or not.

And was this sold by Amazon, or by a third-party via Amazon? Many companies sell their own wares using Amazon services - Amazon can't possibly monitor every one.

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Reply #1)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 10:21 AM

13. Your post mistakenly assumes they were thinking. (nt)

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Response to Posteritatis (Reply #13)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 10:30 AM

16. You may be correct...

if that is the case... than there is only one word I could say..

BAKA!

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Response to AsahinaKimi (Reply #16)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 07:32 PM

50. That is far too nice for these people

For better or worse, Japanese swear words just do not have the heft for these people.

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Response to GeoWilliam750 (Reply #50)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 09:15 PM

57. ne...

Welcome to DU... Irasshaimase, ...Yokoso!

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 08:40 AM

2. Looks like Joe "Girls Gone Wild" Francis has a new line of work

 

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 08:47 AM

3. The computer made them do it

http://www.solidgoldbomb.com/pages/contact-us

Thanks for your interest in contacting us. We have been informed of the fact that we were selling an offensive t-shirt primarily in the UK. This has been immediately deleted as it was and had been automatically generated using a scripted computer process running against 100s of thousands of dictionary words.


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Response to jsr (Reply #3)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 09:22 AM

7. Do65you hate it when that happens?

You're just going about, tying to make a buck and BAM you're selling something disgustingly offensive.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 08:49 AM

4. "Boys will be boys"

Doncha know?



(jic)

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 09:02 AM

5. I misread your t-shirt . . .

I misread your t-shirt slogan. I could have sworn it said, "Stay calm and spit a big loogie on this t-shirt."

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 09:04 AM

6. MORE. WTF.... Amazon removes offensive 'Keep Calm and Hit Her' T-shirts....

Channel4.com
02 March 2013



Internet giant Amazon offered T-shirts which apparently encourage domestic violence - hours after it removed garments for sale by the same firm which advocate rape.

A spokesman for Amazon UK told Sky News: "I can confirm that those items are not available for sale."

However, although Amazon has withdrawn that item, it also offered shirts from the same firm that apparently advocate domestic violence.

One shirt for sale on Saturday morning was emblazoned with the message: "Keep Calm And Hit Her".

http://www.channel4.com/news/amazon-removes-offensive-keep-calm-and-hit-her-t-shirts


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Response to Little Star (Reply #6)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 11:02 AM

22. Nothing to see here, huh. Business as usual. *sarcasm*

No wonder the GOP had to be dragged kicking and screaming to pass the VAWA. Thanks for the additional images. I'm sure they'll be selling something like these again any day now...



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Response to Little Star (Reply #6)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 04:42 PM

35. They are missing one

Where is "Keep calm and blow her brains out"?

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Response to Little Star (Reply #6)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 05:11 PM

40. Solid Gold Bombs indeed

This company makes a lot of novelty t-shirts, and I would urge everyone to check out their own t-shirts and see if they are made by this company. If so, I would mail it back to them (COD), and ask them to refund my money. Assholes. And many of these sayings make no sense, and that may be on purpose, I don't know, but they are stupid. At any rate, someone had to have seen these shirts beforehand, even if they only saw them as they put the listing up on Amazon. I guess it never occurred to the moron doing it to ask themselves if this was perhaps not a great idea for a t-shirt slogan, let alone something that should be listed for sale.

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Response to Scairp (Reply #40)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 10:54 PM

60. If it really is a random slogan generating computer program,

that would actually explain those shirt slogans that make no sense. The program picks a verb and then a noun or a pronoun that is supposed to be the direct object of the verb, but the verb doesn't fit logically or, in some cases grammatically, with the noun or pronoun that is meant to be its direct object.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 10:06 AM

8. Who was the moron that even thought of making that shirt?

I'd love to knock some sense into them.

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Response to NewJeffCT (Reply #8)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 08:14 PM

54. probably one of R$'s takeover companies

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 10:15 AM

9. WTF?!

...I have a twisted sense of humor that many here would probably find vile (e.g. Love Family Guy humor)....but seriously.....WTF?!

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Response to Lucky Luciano (Reply #9)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 10:20 AM

12. As banal as it is unimaginative.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 10:18 AM

11. What's with the "Keep calm..." Crap? Branding? The new P.C. frontier?

These guys are not only stupid, but seem out of touch with modern humanity. Well, I hope there is complete success with the "new" branding campaign they are about to experience.

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Response to Eleanors38 (Reply #11)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 10:26 AM

14. Eh, overall it's just a parody of an old poster.

The British had it made at the start of the Second World War to try to encourage people to, well, keep calm and carry on, but it was never publicly distributed. Someone doing some archives-diving found a surviving copy about ten years ago, and a few years after that people started playing around with the image.

No specific marketing past that beyond everyone jumping on a jump-on-able image that's old enough to be in the public domain. (A couple idiotic companies are trying to trademark or copyright the original poster.)

As for this particular company's branding, I imagine they're starting to feel like they just sat on one, and for a screwup of that magnitude I'm quite okay with that.

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Response to Posteritatis (Reply #14)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 11:12 AM

24. I remember seeing such posters. They riffed on THAT?

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Response to Eleanors38 (Reply #24)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 11:34 AM

26. One particular one, yeah

Now and then the intarwebz as a whole seem to decide that one thing or another will be fun to play with for awhile, and the specific poster that company's based that shirt off of is one of those.

I'm kind of fond of that one (as a Canadian, "keep calm and shovel on" appeals to me at this time of year), but a lot of the results of people playing with it get pretty stupid.

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Response to Eleanors38 (Reply #11)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 12:08 PM

30. On a trip to Seattle

we got a bumper sticker that said "Keep Clam" and advertising a restaurant. I still smile when I see it in the garage. (My husband has stickers all over one wall in there). Men - some never grow up. Which can be a good thing at times.

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Response to Eleanors38 (Reply #11)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 10:13 PM

58. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Keep_Calm_and_Carry_On (NT)

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 10:29 AM

15. Guess I'm just too old to get it

There's nothing there except offense.
Is that the whole basis of it existence?
Wtf

What sort would wear something so gutter trash as that?

I just don't get it.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 10:40 AM

17. kicking for continued visibility

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 10:45 AM

18. This falls under ARE YOU SERIOUS WTF

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Response to mercuryblues (Reply #19)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 10:59 PM

61. Well, it could STILL be computer generated, but only with the

verb being changed. The program could be directed to choose a transitive verb, but the "her" could be, like the "Keep calm" part, unchangeable.

Of course, that means the original plan was to come up with a bunch of things to "do" to "her"--which means that whatever was going to be done was always going to be done to a woman, and it was inevitable that some of those things were going to be violent and awful.

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #61)

Sun Mar 3, 2013, 01:19 PM

64. I agree - some of them are just nonsense, which is expected if a computer was just

plugging in verbs. But since they chose to let a computer fill in the blank in "Keep calm and _____ her", and then they chose to let those things go online un-vetted, the 'computer did it' excuse doesn't excuse anything at all...

(It's a really stupid business model for another reason too, IMO: given how many of those results were nonsense or just stupid, how many customers will wade through 20-odd pages of "Keep calm..." shirts to find one that works?)

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 11:01 AM

20. WTF?

Damn. Sick.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 11:02 AM

21. Representative of what has been acceptable behavior by men for hundreds of years.Why r u shocked?

Just stop buying their shirts. Hit them in their pocketbooks. That's the only thing that works in this country.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 11:05 AM

23. If they ever wind up in prison..maybe they'll get a taste of their own medicine. Hope they like it.

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Response to judesedit (Reply #23)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 11:32 AM

25. Suggesting

someone gets raped, whether on a t-shirt or on a message board is not okay.
Suggesting someone get raped in prison, is not any more acceptable than suggesting someone get raped for any other reason.
It is the same. It isn't okay.

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Response to judesedit (Reply #23)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 11:40 AM

27. prison rape jokes are awful. please stop.

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Response to judesedit (Reply #23)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 08:03 PM

52. notorious human rights abuses

should not be wished for under any circumstances.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 11:42 AM

28. Well at least you would know where the wearer of the t-shirt stands...

It would be like a neon sign that says don't date me, don't talk to me, and pretend I don't exist.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 11:43 AM

29. many here would argue it's satire, or edgy and we don't get it......

Last edited Sat Mar 2, 2013, 12:46 PM - Edit history (1)

oh, they only do it to misogyny when it's bit less vile. All of a sudden here is some "free speech" they are afraid to defend.
Got it.

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Response to bettyellen (Reply #29)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 04:17 PM

32. Well, I'm sure the t-shirt makers are protected by the First Amendment.

But their products are hideous and they are getting the opprobrium they deserve.

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Response to Comrade Grumpy (Reply #32)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 05:08 PM

39. of course, I was commenting on how misogynistic humour is commonly defended here as "edgy"

and appropriate for this community. if they're at all consistent, we should hear any minute now to "lighten up" because it's satire.

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Response to bettyellen (Reply #39)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 07:49 PM

51. Rape culture

it's amazes me me how many don't get it. Especially here on DU. *sigh*

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Response to bettyellen (Reply #29)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 04:36 PM

33. Well, hopefully the imbeciles who are longing for a new issue

to demean will have their wish come true here.


This is sarcasm, by the way.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 04:00 PM

31. No need for creativity if you can be edgy.

Step 1 be shocking.
Step 2 profit.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 04:56 PM

36. Domestic violence humor is "edgy" in some quarters of the Internet

Usually the little corners populated by adolescent males of all ages who often seem relationship challenged.

I love edgy humor. This doesn't qualify, IMO. It's just assholery at its finest.

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Response to Prism (Reply #36)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 05:02 PM

37. What suprises me

is that Amazon have not blocked the supplier from listing with them.

We do get some quite lairy tees here but these ones are OTT.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #37)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 05:24 PM

43. They probably give suppliers initial benefit of the doubt

But I will not be surprised when the company is told to keep calm and sell somewhere else.

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Response to Prism (Reply #36)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 05:23 PM

42. provoking gets confused too frequently with thought provoking......

by the simple minded among us.
what's next- Cliff notes for Beevis and Butthead?

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Response to bettyellen (Reply #42)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 05:26 PM

44. It's a fine line between provocative and ugly

In this case, however, one wouldve thought that line rather thick and rather bold.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 05:07 PM

38. Obviously offensive.

Their excuse about the listing being generated by a computer script seems absurd at first. However, if you look at some of their other listings, it begins to seem more likely.

http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=sr_pg_94?rh=n%3A1036592%2Ck%3Asolid+gold+bomb+keep+calm&page=74&keywords=solid+gold+bomb+keep+calm&ie=UTF8&qid=1362260721

Some of the shirts are so nonsensical that I can't imagine someone sitting there being "yeah, this is a great idea for a shirt."

The format seems to be "Keep Calm and (random verb up to 5 letters) (Her, Them, Us, Out, On, or In)". This results in a large number of offensive shirts. You can find at least one on almost every page of results.

Still. You think someone would have been smart enough to come up with a list of words to exclude from the script; "rape" being at the top of that list.

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Response to BalancedGoat (Reply #38)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 05:16 PM

41. or you'd think they'd include "him" too, as being the butt of these weird jokes.

yeah, they didn't consider gender at all...

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Response to BalancedGoat (Reply #38)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 05:28 PM

45. From the look of that listing

I'm guessing they print to order as opposed from stock.

I'd have thought the expression was pretty meaningless in the US. It comes from our government posters beginning of WW2 "Keep Calm and Carry On".

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #45)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 05:56 PM

46. Well the links you posted did say that the company's headquarters are in the UK

As offensive as I find this, I'm not sure how much of the blame should fall on Amazon, see that they have over two million third-party vendors and this particular company is ranked close to 5,000 in popularity in the clothing section. Because this story is less than 24 hours old and it is a weekend, I'm going to give Amazon until Monday afternoon to see what action, if any they take against this company and what their official statement says. I also agree that whomever designed the auto-script to create the slogans should be sacked.

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Response to Revanchist (Reply #46)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 06:02 PM

47. Its a Worcester MA company.

Not UK.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #47)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 06:07 PM

48. Thanks for the correction, I was going by this line in your O.P.

But potential customers are clearly not willing to buy the deeply offensive t-shirts, slamming both Amazon and the clothes shop, which has its headquarters in the UK.

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Response to Revanchist (Reply #48)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 06:18 PM

49. The Mail's wording is wrong

There is no UK shop and I think they refer to Amazon.co.uk / EU being here which is wrong too : Its a Luxembourg company.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Reply #47)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 11:01 PM

62. But I read that it is controlled by a company in Oxford. nt

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Response to tblue37 (Reply #62)

Sun Mar 3, 2013, 06:15 AM

63. There are contradictory statements

The Sun made a reference to Oxford for whatever reason whereas :

Solid Gold Bomb, a label of Harold Ross Inc, based in Massachusetts

>

It closed its Facebook and other social media accounts on Saturday morning and left a message on its website which read in part: "We have been informed of the fact that we were selling an offensive T-shirt primarily in the UK. This has been immediately deleted as it was and had been automatically generated using a scripted computer process running against 100s of thousands of dictionary words.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2013/mar/02/amazon-withdraws-rape-slogan-shirt

The BBC refered to Solid Gold Bomb being a US company too and here's their website : http://www.solidgoldbomb.com/

btw - we don't use the expression "inc" in the UK.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 08:22 PM

55. Ugh...

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sat Mar 2, 2013, 08:23 PM

56. Cowards. Their Contact Us page just has a copy of the lame

excuse they are trying to pass off as an apology. And their About Us page is blank.

Well, they can't keep their contact info private forever if they want to keep selling product.

The guy gives a long, drawn out sob story about how they have SO MANY different t-shirts and the bad computer just automatically generated this one, so really it was just an accident.

Sorry, dude. You have a responsibility to keep track of what you are selling. I hope your company goes belly up.

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Response to dipsydoodle (Original post)

Sun Mar 3, 2013, 03:53 PM

65. Not good enough!!!!

They have other T-shirts inciting men to "knife her" and to "hit her". Amazon should pull this company from their website.

Disgraceful!!!!!


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