Big Department Store Bans The Walking Dead T-Shirts for Being Racist

At Primark, the large, low quality and cheap clothing store, where there was an incident of recently having some T-Shirts from the popular TV show The Walking Dead being removed from their stores. Why you might ask? Well, somebody took offense and claimed that the T-shirts were racist. This has been happening a lot lately, where everything is racist and not even T-Shirts are seemingly safe from it, anymore. Okay then, let’s take a closer look and find out why and what’s been happening at Primark, as they pulled the T-Shirts from 300 stores already.

It turns out that a Methodist Minister, took the slogan “Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe” printed on the T-Shirt’s, from the famous scene where villain Negan uses the childlike playground phrase in choosing somebody to go first, before he smashes their heads in with a baseball bat, which is circled with barbed wire. Pretty gruesome stuff, indeed!

Primark’s Walking Dead T-Shirt. Image Credit: DailyMail/Primark

That might be slightly more concerning than that of a Methodist Minister, claiming that the playground phrase is now racist. Maybe, he had watched this scene instead, which was parodied by world-famous comedian Dave Chappelle upon his return to the comedy scene with hosting Saturday Night Live (SNL), even featuring some of the great characters from ‘The Dave Chappelle Show’ of old. Enjoy!

Is that racist? No, it’s Dave Chappelle being funny, yet again. Anyways, back to the T-Shirt issue, as in the Original series of The Walking Dead, “Negan” the leader of a gang called The Saviors, who says “eeny, meeny, miny, moe, catch a tiger by his toe” before administering the beating with a baseball bat, this is from the TV show and it’s really a gruesome show about Zombies, mostly.

Ian Lucraft and Gwen Lucraft of Sheffield, said that they saw the T-Shirt’s and were outraged, because it was offensive due to the “eeny, meeny, miny, moe, catch a n***** by his toe” old racist phrase, which they seemed to link back to the T-Shirt and the ‘The Walking Dead‘ TV series.

Image Credit: DailyMail

Ian Lucraft said, “It was fantastically offensive and I can only assume that no one in the process of ordering it knew what they were doing or were aware of its subliminal messages”.

Only in Ian Lucraft’s mind does this make sense, which makes us think is he being a little bit “racist” here? He said, “everyone knows the ‘Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe’ phrase continues with “catch a n***** by his toe”, then adding: “The graphic has a large American baseball bat, wrapped round with barbed wire, and covered with blood”.

We don’t think younger generations associate the phrase with that at all, but more with the TV show, so let’s hear more from Ian Lucraft, shall we?

Ian explained further, “This image relates directly to the practice of assaulting black people in America. It is directly threatening of a racist assault, and if I were black and were faced by a wearer I would know just where I stood”.

Obviously, Ian Lucraft has never seen an episode of ‘The Walking Dead?’

Mr Lucraft sent a letter to the Primark chief executive Paul Marchant asking him to remove the T-shirts from the shops and so Primark bosses scrambled out to remove all signs of the two T-shirt’s from all of their stores, across the country.

Rightfully, a spokesman from Primark released this statement, ‘The t-shirt in question is licensed merchandise for the U.S. television series, The Walking Dead, and the quote and image are taken directly from the show. ‘Any offence caused by its design was wholly unintentional and Primark sincerely apologizes for this. Primark is currently removing the product from sale.”

If you are a big fan of  ‘The Walking Dead’ you might have wanted one of those T-Shirts, perhaps? Personally, it’s a tasteless TV show at times and with a questionable T-shirt, but one thing that it isn’t, is “racist”, because it comes from a TV show, so if the T-shirt’s were “racist”, then the TV show would be “racist” and then not the T-shirt, right?

Or maybe both are racist factors in the mind of Ian Lucraft? Even though the TV show is mostly about Zombies.

One thing is the T-shirt being taken as offensive or being down right, in poor taste, but calling it “racist” might be considered as race baiting, in order to find something racist about it, perhaps? Younger generations relate the phrase back to the TV show, but clearly older generations might take the T-shirt as being “racist”.

Photo Credit: TheWalkingDead/Maxim

However, the playground rhyme which has been around since the 18th century, ‘Eeny, Meeny, Miny, Moe, but in later years the end had been substituted with the clearly offensive “N” word at the end, apparently, which is totally racist and wrong! True! But, was this something from Ian’s generation, perhaps?

So, it seems that this T-shirt from ‘The Walking Dead‘ has proved to be a tricky topic, for all involved, even for us.

Perhaps, they should complain to the screenwriter for ‘The Walking Dead’ Tv series or maybe Ian Lucraft should watch an episode of the show or just keep writing in about offensive stuff from now on? Who knows?

Watch! Soon these T-Shirt’s will be being sold on eBay to all ‘The Walking Dead’ super fans for the highest bidder. Hmmm? We can happily say that we won’t be bidding or even stepping foot in Primark, because it’s just mostly crap and it’s a Zoo like shopping frenzy in there, every time.  Too many people and not enough quality clothing.

 

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