Despite their controversial business practices, the Walmart corporation has always been careful about maintaining a family-friendly image as far as their products are concerned.
However, this holiday season, the Canadian branch of the company was forced to apologize and remove a few items from their online store because they promoted drugs and other adult themes.
The items in question were edgy versions of the popular “ugly” Christmas sweaters that are often worn ironically during the holiday season. Unfortunately, some Walmart customers couldn’t take a joke and complained about some of the shirts, prompting a response from the company. One of the sweaters featured a picture of Santa cutting out lines of cocaine with the caption “Let It Snow,” which is a reference to a slang term for cocaine.
The product description on the site for the sweater read, “We all know how snow works. It’s white, powdery and the best snow comes straight from South America. That’s bad news for jolly old St. Nick, who lives far away in the North Pole. That’s why Santa really likes to savour the moment when he gets his hands on some quality, grade A, Colombian snow. He packs it in perfect lines on his coffee table and then takes a big whiff to smell the high quality aroma of the snow.”
A spokesperson for Walmart Canada told Global News that the sweaters were made by a third-party company called “FUN Wear.”
“These sweaters, sold by a third-party seller on Walmart.ca, do not represent Walmart’s values and have no place on our website. We have removed these products from our marketplace. We apologize for any unintended offence this may have caused,” the spokesperson said
Other designs that were taken off the site featured traditional holiday characters in suggestive situations. One sweater showed an image of Santa getting probed by aliens, while another depicted a dominatrix Mrs. Claus whipping a ball-gagged Santa, with the caption “Santa Has Been Naughty.”