Awful horrible (possibly triggering) t shirt on Amazon Marketplace

(124 Posts)
ediblewoman Fri 01-Mar-13 21:46:38

Please can we repeat the earlier success and see if we can get Amazon to remove this from sale foul

Doctrine mentioned it on the earlier thread but I felt like we needed a bit more focus. Should I post in chat too?

I have emailed already.

PrincessOfThemyscira Fri 01-Mar-13 21:49:18

How do something about this?

ediblewoman Fri 01-Mar-13 21:50:52

I emailed Amazon and reported it and asked them to ask the seller to withdraw it from sale

Bloody hell, I didn't think all that keep calm crap could get any worse. That's awful.

PrincessOfThemyscira Fri 01-Mar-13 22:01:52

I'm having a Live Chat with Piyush from Amazon customer services about this shirt now...

I couldn't see how to report it so I have emailed them. I've also tried to write a bad review on it, but I'm not sure if they will publish it or not.

tribpot Fri 01-Mar-13 22:03:57

Un. Be. Lievable.

Who would think that was funny?

ediblewoman Fri 01-Mar-13 22:04:17

Princess, that's great. Let us know the outcome

PrincessOfThemyscira Fri 01-Mar-13 22:04:28

He/She? is very sorry for the inconvenience caused WTF? and has taken my feedback. It will be passed to the right people in the company. Alledgedly

carameldecaflatte Fri 01-Mar-13 22:05:37

That's awful! Hopefully it will be gone soon... emailing amazon now.

PrincessOfThemyscira Fri 01-Mar-13 22:05:38

I have asked if items for sale are vetted.

PrincessOfThemyscira Fri 01-Mar-13 22:06:21

oh, I'm now "on hold" while they check that for me.

ToffeeWhirl Fri 01-Mar-13 22:07:16

I can't believe they won't withdraw it straightaway shock.

Appalling.

MmeLindor Fri 01-Mar-13 22:09:54

It says that it is American Apparel tshirt. I would start with them

MustTidyUpMustTidyUp Fri 01-Mar-13 22:11:47

Have emailed via 'feedback' section.

Princesspond Fri 01-Mar-13 22:12:25

Bloody hell, that is awful struggling to see who would find that funny.

PaleHousewifeOfCumbriaCounty Fri 01-Mar-13 22:12:46

I cant actually believe what im seeing!

MmeLindor Fri 01-Mar-13 22:13:21

I am assuming that the company bought American Apparel tshirts and had them printed, so it is not AA's fault. They might be able to put pressure on Amazon to remove them from sale.

Can't imagine that American Apparel would sell these tshirts

ChipTheFish Fri 01-Mar-13 22:17:24

I went to right a review of this on the site. Typed in 'rape' in the search bar on Amazon to find it and was disgusted at all the products that were brought up. The t-shirt isn't something that has slipped through the net on Amazon, they have a variety of sick rape products on offer. Shocked.

ChipTheFish Fri 01-Mar-13 22:17:42

*write

O dear god that's an utter disgrace

PrincessOfThemyscira Fri 01-Mar-13 22:18:06

Apparently Amazon will like into this for me and reply within 3 business days. hmm
I told Piyush that the good women (and men) of MN have seen this and are disgusted.

Anyone for a pointless Amazon boycott?

Umlauf Fri 01-Mar-13 22:19:22

I have emailed too, and American Apparel to let them know their name is being used.

MousyMouse Fri 01-Mar-13 22:19:48

I can't believe tha this is sold.
is it even legal to sell something like this?

targaryen24 Fri 01-Mar-13 22:20:05

I also posted this on my fb page (a feminist community page...has over 4000 joined up so hopefully that'll add to the numbers reporting it. Surely they can't ignore a large number of complaints)!

tougholdbird Fri 01-Mar-13 22:20:26

Also e-mailed using feedback link on amazon site

PrincessOfThemyscira Fri 01-Mar-13 22:23:02

Me:http://www.amazon.co.uk/Keep-Black-Jersey-T-Shirt-Heather/dp/B007DO82OM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1362175780&sr=8-1

Is this link to the item better?

Piyush:Thanks for this

In order to address this issue I will need to look into this for you. You will be contacted back in 3 business days

Me:Can I warn you that the good women (and men) of Mumsnet have seen this shirt and are disgusted by it?

Piyush:I will transfer your query to the concerned team and they will email you shortly

Me:Have you ever tried to put "rape" in the Amazon search box?

The amount of products you sell glorifying rape is astounding.

Piyush:I will pass your complaint to the concerned department and they will email you

WineSpider Fri 01-Mar-13 22:23:11

I have emailed jeff bezos the CEO of amazon at jeff@amazon.com. Worth a shot straight to the top.

PrincessOfThemyscira Fri 01-Mar-13 22:23:25

I don't think Piyush wants to talk to me anymore...

Posterofapombear Fri 01-Mar-13 22:24:46

Review submitted. Words fail me. hmm

ChipTheFish Fri 01-Mar-13 22:26:13

Who buys these sorts of products? DVD's depicting rape and one that even says 'real rape.' It takes a lot to shock me, but I really am shocked at one of the biggest and well known online retailers in the world selling these kinds of products.

Shocking, in every way.

dearcathyandclare Fri 01-Mar-13 22:33:47

Log on to Amazon and click on contact us, call and report. I just did and was told it will be removed within 24 hours. Unfortunately I had to put it 'in my basket' so they could track the seller, and then delete I hasten to add.

Bluelightsandsirens Fri 01-Mar-13 22:34:26

I'm also emailing Jeff and have just cancelled my furby order that I placed this evening.

ChipTheFish Fri 01-Mar-13 22:35:07

Me:Can you tell me Amazons policy on the products it sells? I.e, do they allow their independent sellers to sell/promote whatever they want?
Anil:Yes. The sellers can list the items which they prefer. However, we won't allow counterfeit items.
Me:Of course not. Counterfeit items would be deplorable.
I notice your policy does not extend to products depicting the rape and abduction of women?
T-shirts advocating 'Keep calm and rape a lot'
Graphic stories that detail the abduction and rape of children?
All of these are okay as far as amazon is concerned, as long as they are not counterfeit?

PrincessOfThemyscira Fri 01-Mar-13 22:37:00

I bet Anil tells you that they'll email you withing 3 days...

ChipTheFish Fri 01-Mar-13 22:38:34

He's been typing for a long time after I sent that!

I've emailed Amazon, I will not spend a penny with them until it's removed. I have also emailed a few newsdesks.

MrsSchadenfreude Fri 01-Mar-13 22:39:42

I've reported it as well, and said "shame on you" for stocking them.

MmeLindor Fri 01-Mar-13 22:41:06

I am guessing that many of the books fall within the 'misery lit' or 'fantasy' topics, although why anyone would want to read them, is utterly beyond me.

INeverSaidThat Fri 01-Mar-13 22:41:20

What about putting a comment on their twitter account?

(I don't have twitter so. I don't know if this would be useful or not)

PrincessOfThemyscira Fri 01-Mar-13 22:42:01

There is another thread about this shirt.

Tweet @amazon

ohforfoxsake Fri 01-Mar-13 22:43:13

Complained and boycotting.

Cakethrow Fri 01-Mar-13 22:44:04

Wtf?!
That is vile.
That t-shirt takes the Keep Calm crap to a whole new level of unfunny and is also disgusting and offensive.
Who would buy that?!

I've left a negative review and reported it.

MmeLindor Fri 01-Mar-13 22:48:50

Hey, @americanapparel did you know that @AmazonUK is selling rape tshirts with your name on them?

Tweeted that with link to tshirt

PrincessOfThemyscira Fri 01-Mar-13 22:57:39

Lauren Laverne has picked up on this and is tweeting Amazon!

SpeckledBird Fri 01-Mar-13 22:58:07

I don't do twitter (I just don't get it), but have retweeted.

seventiesgirl Fri 01-Mar-13 22:59:10

I closed my Amazon account year because of their tax dodging. Don't know if I can email?

MmeLindor Fri 01-Mar-13 23:01:29

India Knight has just RTed it, as have many feminist groups. I think that Amazon are likely to start paying attention now

does anyone actually know any man who would wear this? Even in an "ironic, post modern" way (please note my ">>" there)
my short poll (admittedly of one DH) was so horrified he's tweeted about it as well.

Grockle Fri 01-Mar-13 23:05:28

shock

angry

Smudging Fri 01-Mar-13 23:07:01

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Smudging Fri 01-Mar-13 23:07:31

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AbigailAdams Fri 01-Mar-13 23:12:58

Retweeted too. Incredible that anybody thought this was acceptable. Well incredible probably isn't the right word. Despairing is more like it.

scottishmummy Fri 01-Mar-13 23:16:35

That is vile,aghast any could wear such an item

MmeLindor Fri 01-Mar-13 23:25:08

The twitter account of SolidGoldBomb is so funny. They obviously don't use it at all, and have just 4 followers. They will get a shock when they look at their @mentions column.

Lifeisontheup Fri 01-Mar-13 23:30:54

Amazon have told me they will be removing it. We will wait and see....

Arcadia Fri 01-Mar-13 23:39:10
LineRunner Fri 01-Mar-13 23:39:35

Just adding my voice that the product is fucking disguting and Amazon should get a grip on the products it allows to be listed.

Arcadia Fri 01-Mar-13 23:40:39
ediblewoman Fri 01-Mar-13 23:59:25

I am so impressed by the incredible social networking skills of everyone, it is so empowering to know that together we have a powerful voice. Thank you

TheDoctrineOfSciAndNatureClub Sat 02-Mar-13 00:31:50

Wow, thanks edible and everyone!

Sunnywithshowers Sat 02-Mar-13 01:08:06
Darkesteyes Sat 02-Mar-13 01:24:24

Ive been tweeting about this too. And on the other thread in chat. I e mailed the CEO of Amazon and solid gold bomb who have now removed their fb page.

But this has appeared in my timeline....

www.foulmouthshirts.com/New-Shirts/TONIGHT-IM-GONNA-GET-MY-RAPE-ON.htm

a computer error? hmm

JambalayaCodfishPie Sat 02-Mar-13 07:57:18

From Sky News

'Keep Calm And Rape' T-Shirts 'A Mistake'

Solid Gold Bomb said it had received death threats after the garments were advertised by the seller on Amazon's website.

The T-shirt makers' Twitter account was bombarded with scores of angry messages - many of which said: "Rape is not a joke."

But a statement on the Solid Gold Bomb website insisted the offensive slogans had been "automatically generated using a scripted computer process running against hundreds of thousands of dictionary words".
"Needless to say, receiving death threats is certainly uncalled for as there was no intention of wrongdoing in any manner," the statement said.

"We're sorry for the ill-feeling this has caused! We're doing our best here to fix the problem.
"Any offensive items that are remaining are certainly in the deletion queue and will be removed as soon as the processing is complete."

The company said the scripted programming process that created the slogan was compiled by "only one member of our staff", but that it "accepted the responsibility of the error".

Other slogans reportedly available on the T-shirts appeared to support the claim they were at least partly randomly-generated, including 'Keep Calm And Rape In'.

A series of critical reviews were also posted on the Amazon website page showing the T-shirts.
One, from a person under the username 'Sickened', said: "Not even slightly amusing. Disgusted. I will be boycotting amazon until this item is withdrawn! It is offensive, in extremely poor taste and could be very triggering for any victims of abuse."

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

AbigailAdams Sat 02-Mar-13 08:16:09

Here is the CEO of American Apparel whose t-shirts Solid Gold Bomb use. Delightful.

AbigailAdams Sat 02-Mar-13 08:20:07

All boys together.

harryhausen Sat 02-Mar-13 08:57:26

Here's a different one encouraging DVhmm

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/aw/d/B007DWDM4O/ref=redir_mdp_mobile?qid=1362209609&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

Words fail me.

harryhausen Sat 02-Mar-13 08:58:00

Sorry, the links not clickable. I'll try again.

harryhausen Sat 02-Mar-13 09:01:18

It says "Keep Calm and Hit Her"

hmm

harryhausen Sat 02-Mar-13 09:02:51

Funny how all the 'random' computer generated slogans all seem to advocate violence against women? Very misogynist computer I guess.

TheDoctrineOfSciAndNatureClub Sat 02-Mar-13 09:21:33

I would be really surprised if there was a computer programme that allowed ALL "Keep Calm and..." verb/preposition combos as it would
have millions of outputs - there must have been some rules applied or they'd have things like "Keep Calm and Iron Up" "Keep Calm and Clean Over" etc etc.

LineRunner Sat 02-Mar-13 09:58:16

And of all those outputs, I presume that the company staff choose which ones they actually manufacture?

It's not like a computer picks them, puts them on a tailor's dummy, takes pictures of them, decides the price and does the listings.

TheDoctrineOfSciAndNatureClub Sat 02-Mar-13 10:20:54

Line, I do think in this case the actual items are computer mock ups of the "your text here" variety. Not sure that's the same for the Amazon tshirts though.

DyeInTheEar Sat 02-Mar-13 10:39:27

I've just posted about this t shirt on another thread. Seems I'm a bit slow off the mark!

But my friend drew my attention to this t shirt found on Amazon. I'm so depressed by the casual misogyny allowed in our society. Why is it not illegal? To incite racial violence is. To attack someone because of their sexuality is. Why can't we stop this on the ground of gender intolerance?

should not be sold anywhere

Ledkr Sat 02-Mar-13 10:50:19

I have e mailed a couple of national newspapers. Let's name and shame the bastards

INeverSaidThat Sat 02-Mar-13 11:12:30

I have posted this on the other thread but I now understand the computer generated argument.

Solid Gold Bomb lists over 700 CARRY ON AND ...... DOWN TShirts on its web site and over 8500 different variations of CARRY ON TShirts on its Amazon Site. I know they should still have picked up the offensive shirts but it is better than someone deliberately choosing the slogans.

There are companies that deliberately stock shocking merchandise but I don't think Solid Gold Bomb is one of them. confused

INeverSaidThat Sat 02-Mar-13 11:15:40

Go to Amazon search 'carry on TShirts' and specify the seller as Solid Gold Bomb. You get 8,500 results - some of which are incredibly random and dont even make sense.

(happy to be corrected, perhaps someone else can check this is correct)

HazeltheMcWitch Sat 02-Mar-13 11:21:50

I'll echo the computer angle. It looks like Solid Gold Bomb buys in T-shirts, and offers to print them up with a range of slogans. So the images seen on Amazon are mocked-up t-shirts, they've not yet been printed, but they show who they would look should you purchase. it is possible that a computer picked out a load of words, but there WILL have been plenty of human involvement along the way, both at SGB and at Amazon. Hence to blame it all on computer error is... untrue.

Just to point out, the rape T-shirts may now be gone, but still remaining are a plethora of other vile statements: T-shirts suggesting people Keep Calm and Hit Her, Kill Her.
Also Maul / Bite / Milk / Boil / Knife / Bang /Fold / Stick / Bury / Burst / Stamp / Bust / Breed / Beset / Drill / Hack / Spill etc

maresedotes Sat 02-Mar-13 11:25:32

Lots of "computer error" excuses/ blogs on the internet. It should have been picked up, there should be checks. It is unacceptable.

Bet one that said "keep calm and kick a man in the bollocks" wouldn't have made it on to Amazon.

Certain words should be deleted from their dictionary.

newpup Sat 02-Mar-13 11:25:58

shock That is awful! Good God awful does not cover it. Offensive, vile, disgusting! Shameful!

Creeping Sat 02-Mar-13 11:39:31

If you search for "keep calm and her" lots of t-shirts come up which incite violence against women: Keep calm and hit her/knife her/beat her/bleed her/whack her/drug her/etc!!!

Why does violence against women always seem more acceptable than inciting violence against any minority? How can we possibly tackle the problem of domestic violence if these sorts of t-shirts are considered acceptable? We just have to take it on the chin, do we?

TheDoctrineOfSciAndNatureClub Sat 02-Mar-13 12:34:04

Argh, my second post was on the wrong thread.

FillyPutty Sat 02-Mar-13 12:36:24

"Hence to blame it all on computer error is... untrue."

This is unproven.

There are lots of companies selling computer-generated products on Amazon, many of them utter bollocks.

MechanicalTheatre Sat 02-Mar-13 12:43:25

Story is on the BBC!

Corygal Sat 02-Mar-13 12:49:53

OH DEAR ME. I emailed Amazon to complain - see bottom of this post - customer services sent me this as a reply:

Hello,

I understand that you wish to know whether we are selling the T shirt with the slogan Keep Calm and Rape a Lot.

I’m sorry to hear that you’re having difficulties finding this item on our website.

I’ve checked and I think I may have found the item you were looking for:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Keep-Black-Jersey-T-Shirt-Heather/dp/B007DO82OM/ref=sr_1_1?s=clothing&ie=UTF8&qid=1362181328&sr=1-1

If clicking on the link doesn't work, try clicking it again or copying and pasting it into your browser's address window.

For information and tips on how to search for an item successfully, please click on the following link:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=492860

I hope this helps. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Did I solve your problem?

If yes, please click here:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/survey?p=A3B3C9KHQYRIFD&k=hy

If no, please click here:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/help/survey?p=A3B3C9KHQYRIFD&k=hn

To contact us about an unrelated issue, please visit the Help section of our website: http://www.amazon.co.uk/help

Warmest regards,

Karthick A.
Amazon.co.uk
Your feedback is helping us build Earth's Most Customer-Centric Company.

-- Original message: --

Comments:Have you seen the T shirt with the slogan

KEEP CALM AND RAPE A LOT?

You should have done. You sell it.

Maybe you should stop?
-------

Corygal Sat 02-Mar-13 12:51:05

Amazon & Karthick A - that's NOT funny.

HazeltheMcWitch Sat 02-Mar-13 12:53:55

FillyPutty
"Hence to blame it all on computer error is... untrue."
"This is unproven."

I can't really be arsed to debate how a product gets offered up for sale in Amazon Marketplace, but there are certain checks that products do go through. Hence there is a certain degree of human interaction.
So I maintain that to blame it all on computer error is... untrue.

HazeltheMcWitch Sat 02-Mar-13 12:54:32

Yikes, Corygal

gallicgirl Sat 02-Mar-13 13:04:30

It was just on the news!

FillyPutty Sat 02-Mar-13 13:05:40

"I can't really be arsed to debate how a product gets offered up for sale in Amazon Marketplace, but there are certain checks that products do go through."

No there aren't.

www.extremetech.com/extreme/143382-programmer-creates-800000-books-algorithmically-starts-selling-them-on-amazon

All computer-generated:

www.amazon.com/s/ref=ntt_athr_dp_sr_2?_encoding=UTF8&field-author=Philip%20M.%20Parker&ie=UTF8&search-alias=books

gallicgirl Sat 02-Mar-13 13:06:13
LineRunner Sat 02-Mar-13 14:36:24

If the slogans were truly randomly generated, it is statistically impossible that so many would have the outcome of promoting violence against women UNLESS some human agency is selecting the words used in the first place or selecting the final slogans.

So yes, I blame the human agency here. Otherwise known as people.

FillyPutty Sat 02-Mar-13 15:18:58

Most of the objects of the verbs were NOT women. There are about fifteen possible endings, only one of which was 'her'. Each verb was matched with each object, many of which were nonsensical. This is a computerised process, since there were a total of number of endings * number of verbs shirts.

Humans might have chosen the verbs (or possibly not) but they didn't oversee the actual slogans.

FillyPutty Sat 02-Mar-13 15:21:56

Bear in mind that there were over 500 verbs selected, so it is probable that this list was computer generated; there might have been human involvement in the process, but I wouldn't bet on it.

Darkesteyes Sat 02-Mar-13 18:17:11

DarkesteyesSat 02-Mar-13 18:16:10

Just seen a report about the T shirts on Sky News.
Reporter said if Amazon are willing to take a tax cut then they must be willing to take some of the blame too.

Darkesteyes Sat 02-Mar-13 18:18:30

Agree with Line Runner. if it was randomly generated it wouldnt ONLY have picked violent slogans.

Princesspond Sat 02-Mar-13 18:23:26

Just seen it's a story on the sky news app, no specific mention of mumsnet but have used a quote from one of the feedback comments

FillyPutty Sat 02-Mar-13 18:27:42

They didn't only pick violent slogans. There is camp, cater, coach, bow, comb and many others.

SocialClimber Sat 02-Mar-13 19:06:31

Posted on the wrong thread.

No computer was at fault for the t shirt saying "statistically, 9 out of 10 people enjoy gang rape."

No excuses for any of this. I won't use them again, ever.

FillyPutty Sat 02-Mar-13 19:13:15

That's a different company but I agree

Corygal Sat 02-Mar-13 19:22:03

I've just rung up to complain that the muppet at Customer Services didn't even bother to read my complaining email but directed me to buy the T shirt instead. Woman with phone warp voice didn't see what the problem was.

Despite heavily laying on the charm and reading her all missives, plus the slogan on T shirt, s-l-o-w-l-y, she still didn't manage to get it. I am charitably blaming zero English skills.

Had to cancel all me Prime, me orders, etc etc & finally got manager after hours on the phone. She graciously offered me a fiver.

Amazon = yuk. They're used cos they're cheap, but other retailers are catching up, so it's good night from me to them.

I hope their customer services advisers get home safe, that's all. angry

What results do you get for "Keep Calm and .... Him"?

FillyPutty Sat 02-Mar-13 19:29:46

They have fifteen suffixes, him is not one of the.

LineRunner Sat 02-Mar-13 19:39:56

Filly, are you only here defending a company?

INeverSaidThat Sat 02-Mar-13 19:48:28

All the Solid Gold Bomb TShirts have been removed from Amazon now.

Including all of the 8500 different Keep calm versions

scottishmummy Sat 02-Mar-13 20:02:06

Thank you ediblewoman for flagging up this tshirt,and great work all the agitation
Heard it on news, great bit agitation and direct action

INeverSaidThat Sat 02-Mar-13 20:12:11

I think it was Doctrine who first found the TShirts on Amazon and posted about them on a MN feminist thread.
Ediblewoman 'credits' Doctrine in her OP and was very sensible to highlight these TShirts by giving them their own thread.

Doctrine and EdibleWooman are the heroines of the day. grin
thanks wine thanks thanks wine thanks thanks wine thanks

It is a shame that MN hasn't been credited with this story. All the news reports talk about Twitter but the Twittering originated from MN.

(I think, Please correct me if I am wrong smile )

pofacedplot Sat 02-Mar-13 21:26:04

I don't think Filly is defending the company, she is just being accurate.

it is unacceptable that is was up there though. And the 9 out of 10 one is unspeakably awful - has that one been removed or is it still up, if it is from a different company?

pofacedplot Sat 02-Mar-13 21:28:30

Just looked. you can still buy it sad

here

And that is deliberate. A campaign to remove that even more important.

powerjen Sat 02-Mar-13 21:49:51

Along with this one: www.tshirtoffensive.co.uk/view/offensive_t-shirts/no-%2B-rohypnol-%3D-yes/10099 .

I'm new to MN and have really enjoyed (not sure that's the right word) reading through the posts on the feminist board. I'm loving the power of the collective!

I'm also extremely depressed by some of the issues that you've highlighted - I had no idea such disgusting products were on sale. I cannot imagine what kind person would buy/wear one. Never mind all the individuals who are complicit in the manufacture/ sale of them.

kim147 Sat 02-Mar-13 23:14:18
KeepCalmAndRapeHer Sun 03-Mar-13 00:52:55

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FairyJen Sun 03-Mar-13 08:49:49

Is your nn supposed to be funny " keep calm"?

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Sun 03-Mar-13 08:51:55

KeepCalm is everywhere today, FJ. Ignore and report..

FairyJen Sun 03-Mar-13 08:54:59

I have reported * doctrine* what a twat tho honestly!

Brilliant respOnse btw about these revolting clothes smile

sashh Sun 03-Mar-13 11:28:26

This has popped up on Solid Gold's website

I am sorry.

As the party responsible within our company for scripting and creating this automated process that created the matched slogans for this "Keep Calm" series, I apologise for the offensive response this has created across the world.

No words can express how I feel about what has occured and in no way do I condone or promote this serious issue. I will offer a more in depth explanation of cause to explain what and how this occured. Both myself and our company and it's associated Solid Gold Bomb brand have never had any intention of the spread of violent slogans or even poor taste humour t-shirts. This was a computer error of my creation and I accept my responsibility in the matter.

In process, it was one year ago when this parody series was released in repsonse to the outcry on the "Keep Calm" trademark issue and the fact that it's trademark was accepted in both the EU and USA. My response to this was to create a large scale release of parodies (something t-shirt companies often do) and relied on both computer based dictionaries and online educational resources ie. verb lists. I then generated word lists that were called using simple scripting methods to generate image based art of the modified slogans. These were subsequently scripted to position themselves on t-shirts and the associated product data was derived simply from the product name and the 16 word combinations like "On" and "Off" and "Him" or "Her" and so forth. Near all of these combinations either work or don't work and are certainly non-offensive such as "Dream On" and "Dance Off" and so forth.

As the volume of combinations of words/slogans/styles/colours/sizes are well into the millions, a volume of computers were used to do this entirely in a cloud type environment. The ultimate filelist generated created the base data and the core of the problem was certainly the fact that certain words both individually and in combination were or became offensive. This was culled from 202k words to around 1100 and ultimately slightly more than 700 were used due to character length and the fact that I wanted to closely reflect the appearance of the original slogan graphically.

These items sat online and on non-indexed servers for the last year and myself and our company had no idea of the issue. We simply do not produce poor humour or offensive products and are primarily known for our sporting related products and icon series that are based around similar techniques. As a father, husband, brother and son, I would never promote such product in our company and it was clear to see this when looking across the millions of t-shirts that we offer or can produce on demand. Had these items ever sold, we would have immediately pulled the series and are doing so on our own and Amazon channels worldwide. Currently, our listings have been fully removed and we are working to delete the entire parody series. Again, this was never my intention and I am extremely sorry for the trouble this carelessness has caused.

As a company, we are a good company that prints t-shirts and associated product on primarily American made garments. We produce product with related cities, schools, colleges and universities the world over. We have never done such an activity deliberately and ask for understanding in the matter. It can happen, it happened and we are doing everything in our power around the clock the world over to correct the issue. We've been contacted by many news agencies throughout Europe and received thousands of emails and letters of all natures. We are not ignoring this and are addressing these as much as we can in the short space of time that this has erupted. Rest assured, we do not condone the offense nor do we have any desire to promote it. Ultimately, it comes down to my error and I should singly accept repsonsibility for the mistake. Again, my sincere apologies for the unintended outcome.

- Michael Fowler / Solid Gold Bomb founder

TheDoctrineOfSnatch Sun 03-Mar-13 11:51:31

Now that's what I call an apology.

pofacedplot Sun 03-Mar-13 11:58:44

That bloke is illiterate. 'Offensive response' Oh dear. Even spell check can't hide that.

giraffesCantDateDucks Sun 03-Mar-13 12:07:51

this was on news earlier

Decent apology I'd say overlooking the slight problem with "offensive response" !

pofacedplot Sun 03-Mar-13 12:13:27

maybe English is not his first language in which case I am being too harsh I suppose.

Darkesteyes Sun 03-Mar-13 15:23:12

Alex Thomson fron channel 4 news is tweeting about an offensive card featuring a "joke" about sexual harassment and hes getting a bit of a mysogynistic backlash. People are going on about how its the algorithms fault. Wonder how they would explain the link on one of these threads to that violent "erotic fiction"

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