You just HAVE to wonder how this came to pass.
Every so often we hear stories of a corporation or major retailer putting out a product that gets interpreted by some group or demographic claiming offense. This past Halloween, for example, Bed Bath & Beyond was accused of insensitivity for selling black pumpkins.
Walmart is currently under fire for selling an offensive product, but with one main difference — there is ZERO chance this was due to an accident or oversight.
HELP!! I am deceased six times over!!!??????
WHO DID THIS?????https://t.co/NhyqEBsaDM
— cinderender (@cinderender) December 9, 2019
@Walmart WILD AF for this “Let It Snow” Santa doing lines of Coke sweater
— Creole (@ImSo_ThickWitIt) December 9, 2019
This was part of a line of adult-themed ugly sweaters that were initially offered online in Canadian markets. Other sweaters depicted Mrs. Clause as a dominatrix giving Santa a safeword-requiring whipping, and another of a pantsless St. Nick over a lit yule log titled ”Chestnuts roasting on an open fire”.
Walmart’s explanation is this was placed by a second-part vendor, and once discovered the store chain has removed it from it websites. As a result everyone is left wondering just what might have been…
Well he’s out all night what do you expect? ????
— Pamela J. Peters (@NavajoFilmmaker) December 9, 2019
What about the Merry Chrismeth sweaters?
— Mr. Rob (@elkabong82) December 9, 2019
If you finish the coke, you get a Peloton…
— Tom McMahan (@TomMcMahanDade) December 9, 2019
That is some strong crossover synergy.
The message is to use paper straws for cocaine
— Not PC (portion control) (@K97690265) December 9, 2019
— KEN (Just a Guy Who Loves His Pup) (@JustAGuyWhoLov4) December 9, 2019
The amazing thing is that no one has come out to declare this to be a sign of The War On Christmas. But then again, Santa on a tear after bumping rails of flake is no comparison to Starbucks issuing non-denominational holiday coffee cups. Let’s have some balance, after all.