WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Walmart is apologizing for making available a sweater featuring an image of Santa Claus with an apparent drug reference.
- The Christmas sweater features an image of Santa sitting behind a table with three white lines that have similarity to cocaine lines and the phrase “Let it snow.”
- In a statement on Saturday, Walmart said it has “removed these products, sold by a third-party seller on Walmart.ca, from our marketplace.”
Walmart is issuing an apology for making a sweater with an apparent drug reference available on its platform.
The Christmas sweater featured an image of Santa Claus behind a table with three white lines that look similar to cocaine lines. Below Santa’s weird image is the phrase “Let it snow.”Canadian news organization, The Global News, first reported the apology.
“We all know how snow works. It’s white, powdery and the best snow comes straight from South America,” the product description read. “That’s bad news for jolly old St. Nick, who lives far away in the North Pole. That’s why Santa really likes to savor the moment when he gets his hands on some quality, grade A, Colombian snow.”
On Saturday, Walmart issued a statement saying: “These sweaters, sold by a third-party seller on Walmart.ca, do not represent Walmart’s values and have no place on our website. We have removed these products from our marketplace. We apologize for any unintended offence this may have caused.”
Walmart declined to comment further when CNN reached out on Sunday.
Third-party sellers are able to make products available on Walmart Marketplace — a portal on which Walmart can approve sellers to use its website.
This is not the first time Walmart has faced controversial issues regarding the products on its website. In 2017, the company apologized for an offensive slur used by a third-party seller in a product listing on its website.
CNN Business reported that a third-party seller has brought scrutiny to a major online retailer this holiday season. Earlier in December, Amazon pulled Christmas ornaments showing the Auschwitz concentration camp. Images used showed the train tracks leading to the entrance of Auschwitz II-Birkenau and a number of scenes inside the camps, where around 1 million Jewish people are estimated to have been killed during World War II. Amazon (AMZN) removed the products after the Auschwitz Memorial tweeted about them.
Source: CNN Business