Walmart pulls controversial shirt that threatens journalists

01 Décembre, 2017, 02:50 | Auteur: Auguste Feret
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Walmart has pulled a T-shirt offered by an outside seller from its online store after a journalist advocacy group told the retailer it found the shirt threatening.

As RTNDA said, the shirt was being sold by Walmart with a company called Teespring acting as a third-party seller. "Tree. Journalist. SOME ASSEMBLY REQUIRED" from its website after the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) sent a message to Walmart alerting them to the shirt's controversial content.

"At worst, they openly encourage violence targeting journalists", Dan Shelley, executive direct at RTDNA, said in a November 29 letter.

In a story posted to its website, the RTDNA confirmed Walmart removed the shirt.

A spokesperson for Walmart told NPR the t-shirt violated their policies, and that the company would review all of Teespring's offerings on Walmart's website.

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"It is our belief that at the least, T-shirts or any other items bearing such words simply inflame the passions of those who either don't like, or don't understand, the news media".

The 'Rope. Tree. Journalist.' slogan has been in existence for several years. "We live in an environment in which political and ideological discourse has deteriorated to the level where some find it appropriate to advocate violence targeting journalists merely for performing their Constitutionally-guaranteed duty to seek and report the truth", he added.

Apparently, the shirt became popular after it had a brief moment of infamy following its appearance at a Trump rally in Minnesota right before the 2016 election.

RTDNA's letter included that nearly three dozen journalists have been assaulted in the USA this year and that close to 50 around the world have been killed for their work.

Metro reported in October of 2017 that a shirt emblazoned with "Eat Sleep Rape Repeat" was not just being sold on Teespring's site, it was marked as a "best selling tank/shirt".

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