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Monday, October 31, 2011

CafePress Pulls "Racist" Shirt From Online Store

Posted By on Mon, Oct 31, 2011 at 10:07 AM

Hunting season is over
  • Hunting season is over

CafePress, the Bay Area-based online retailer, has officially removed from its store what some have deemed offensive t-shirts and stickers that advocated for immigrant hunting.

The items for sale were designed to look like permits to allow people to hunt illegal aliens. The shirts featured this  message: "Illegal Alien Hunting Permit: No bag limit -- Tagging Not Required," which some have called racist.

Victor Hoelscher, who is (coincidentally) from Arizona, saw the items and began an online campaign to keep people from partaking in such offensive fashion. "I was able to get the first 100 signatures in a matter of hours, and I didn't even advertise the petition that much," Hoelscher said. "People are sick of xenophobes and companies that advocate violence in this country."

Hoelscher pointed out that the shirt conflicts with CafePress' guidelines, which prohibit content that is vulgar and obscene as well as harassing, threatening, or abusive toward other people. Within four days, CafePress removed the shirt from its online store, claiming it escaped the company's quality control process.

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