A number of shoppers were outraged at an offensive mug offered for sale on Wal-Mart’s online store, starting a petition on Change.org to get the item removed.
Teacher Kate Kinder found the mug while online shopping for some Christmas gifts, according to Mad World News. Kinder quickly posted a picture of the item on her Facebook page, denouncing the words printed on the cup: “Got retard?”
“There should be outrage over this horrifically, offensive mug being sold at Walmart,” she wrote. “If Walmart wouldn’t sell a mug with a racial slur on it, then why in the world is this okay?”
A number of people and advocacy groups began tweeting Wal-Mart, demanding it remove the mug from its website, the New York Daily News reports.
Sen. Ted Kennedy, Jr. of Connecticut called the product “offensive” and “anti-disability.”
National Down Syndrome Society President Sara Hart Weir also denounced the mug.
“It’s 2016, almost 2017 for that matter. The r-word should never be uttered,” Weir said. “[The word] can set us back decades in terms of what organizations like ours have done to fight for the right of people with Down Syndrome in this country.”
A Change.org petition was also started, saying that the mug is “a prime example of how hurtful words can be.”
“This word is used in an offensive manner to many people with disabilities and to their families,” the petition read. “Walmart [needs to] see the impact this stupid product has had, take it off the shelves and apologize to the people who have been hurt by this disgraceful product.”
Only 25 people signed the petition before Wal-Mart apologized and removed the mug from its website. New York Daily notes Amazon also had the item on its site, but has also removed it.
“This item violated our policy and we quickly removed it. It’s unacceptable a seller put it on our Marketplace,” said a Wal-Mart spokesperson over the company’s Twitter.
“Once it was brought to our attention, we quickly removed it from the Marketplace,” another representative told the New York Daily News. “We think it’s unacceptable a seller put it on the site in the first place.”
Sources: Mad World News, New York Daily News, Change.org / Photo credit: Adam Bindslev/Flickr, Katie Kinder/Facebook via Mad World News