We’d all rather be somewhere else sometimes – but those desires are usually better kept to yourself.
Walmart’s website features a slew of questionable t-shirts made by Hollywood Thread. One particularly offensive garment (which lists activities that could get you arrested on two counts) reads, “I’d Rather Be Snorting Cocaine Off Of A Hookers Ass.”
For just $19.95 plus shipping, this shirt could be yours:
Mashable reached out to Walmart and heard back from Bao Nguyen, who works in media relations for Walmart Global eCommerce and Technology. Nguyen said that Walmart plans to take the shirt down.
“Wow. This obviously has no business being on our site,” said Nguyen. “We’re removing it ASAP. Thanks for calling it out.”
When talking with Nguyen on the phone, he explained how Walmart’s partnerships with third-party retailers like Hollywood Thread work.
After a seller is approved, Walmart outlines to them its detailed policies of what is and is not allowed to be sold on Walmart’s site. Whenever an approved seller uploads an item, it goes through a filter to make sure no trigger words get flagged.
Nguyen mentioned that Walmart also has a trust and compliance team who look at the site every day for anything that may have snuck past the filter.
He agrees that the shirt in question is in violation of Walmart’s policies.
“We apologize to anyone who was offended,” Nguyen said.
The shirt is also being sold on Amazon. Mashable reached out to Amazon for comment, but the company did not immediately reply.
Several other Hollywood Thread shirts sold on Walmart’s website also err on the side of offensive and misogynistic: