A German online store has come under fire for selling — and defending — a “Save a Dog, Eat a Chinese” T-shirt.
The offensive tee is being sold on Spreadshirt, a site that allows customers to create their own designs and hawk them online. As a result, “Save A Dog, Eat a Chinese,” created by user Quentin1984, isn’t the only racist T-shirt for sale. You can also find “Save a Shark, Eat a Chinese,” created by user Monigote, or “Engrish Teacher,” by Tinybiscuits.
The slogan has onlookers up in arms, with many taking to social media to air their disgust.
— Clint Cheng (@cheng_clint) March 3, 2017
@Spreadshirt Really disgusted with the racism your company allows. That “Save a shark, Eat a Chinese” shirt is still up on your website FYI.
— Meghan (@xxeerryyaa) March 4, 2017
But that hasn’t stopped the online retailer from distributing the garments. Spreadshirt announced on Friday that the T-shirts will remain on its website.
“After close examination and careful consideration, we have decided, based on our open platform principle, to keep the two designs in question,” the site wrote on Facebook.
This didn’t sit well with the Chinese Embassy in Berlin, which has reportedly demanded an apology, an explanation, and a permanent halt on the shirt sales.
According to the Toronto Sun, the embassy says the shirts are “insulting to China” and should be removed.
While Spreadshirt is standing firm in its decision, CEO Philip Rooke has expressed a bit of remorse. “I apologize to anyone who takes any offense,” he noted in a statement, but added, “We do not judge or censor designs based on their phrasing, social or political leanings.”
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