After weeks of retailers making money from culturally insensitive, gender inequality-promoting and unreservedly racist t-shirts, a shirt advocating the hunting and killing of illegal immigrants has been pulled from the online shelves of Cafe Press.
Until last week, the online retailer — from which you can get just about any slogan printed or silkscreened on t-shirts, buttons and bumper stickers — featured a shirt designed to look like a hunting permit for “illegal aliens.” The permit features no expiration date and says “NO BAG LIMIT — NO TAGGING REQUIRED” along the bottom, meaning bearers of the permit (you know, if it were a real thing) could shoot down as many people as they perceived to be illegal immigrants as their murderous little hearts desired.
The shirt was taken from the site only after a concerned Arizona man named Victor Hoelscher started a petition on Change.org, saying that the shirt had no other purpose than “to demonize immigrants as invaders who should be shot on sight.” Hoelscher told SF Weekly that the petition got a lot of support very quickly.
“I was able to get the first 100 signatures in a matter of hours, and I didn’t even advertise the petition that much,” Hoelscher said. “People are sick of xenophobes and companies that advocate violence in this country.”
The Huffington Post points out that the shirt goes against Cafe Press’s guidelines, which say it won’t print “marks that signify hate towards another group of people.” That hasn’t stopped some users from uploading designs that say things like, “Xenophobia,” or “Get Me A Beer, Bitch.”
While you can’t order the hunting permit shirt anymore (and thank goodness for that), you can still see the design for it here. Cafe Press has, as far as we can tell, made no statement about the shirt, but you can tell us what you think about it in the comments section.