A spokesperson clarified that these are not the values of Walmart and a third party seller listed the sweaters on their website. The products have now been removed from the marketplace.
Walmart Canada has now apologized for a Christmas sweater that reportedly illustrated Santa about to consume three lines of cocaine, according to CNN. Santa is seen sitting behind a table on a sofa with three lines of what looks like cocaine and snowballs next to it. Below the image lies the text "LET IT SNOW". The Walmart outlet apologizes for the series of "ugly sweaters" including this one, reports The Global News. “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 offense this may have caused,” a spokesperson said on Saturday.
Santa needs a sponsor pic.twitter.com/uQ43UDP31J— Thomas Sullivan (@TomSullBoston) December 9, 2019
A third-party seller can make use of the Walmart Marketplace website and sell their products to the public. The sweater was made by clothing company FUN Wear. Several people took to social media platforms to make fun of the design. Soon after, this design and a few other sweaters definitely not meant for families were taken down from the website. There were sweaters that showed Santa roasting his "chestnuts" and also getting his rear end whipped by a scantily dressed Mrs. Claus.
Yall. Look at this description for this Christmas sweater from Walmart pic.twitter.com/lBdmKQ1JoZ— Jason John (@HurrbaSousJohn) December 7, 2019
This is not the first time that Walmart has faced flak for selling offensive commodities. In 2017, a cap that had a racial slur was being sold on their website, reports CNN. "We are very sorry and appalled that this third party seller listed their item with this description on our online marketplace," said Danit Marquardt, director of corporate communications for Walmart. "It is a clear violation of our policy, and has been removed, and we are investigating the seller to determine how this could have happened."
Walmart’s in Canada WERE selling these Christmas sweaters. They had to stop because people don’t understand humor. 🙄 Merry FUCKING Christmas ya filthy animals. 🎄🎁🎅🏻☃️ #Dead #NotSorry #HappyFUCKINGHolidays— Ashley Robinson (@AshleysGotAGun) December 9, 2019
**Notice what Santa is holding in his hand in first pic. 😂 pic.twitter.com/hkxGzQU6E0
The cap was described as manufactured by Jagazi Naturals in the U.K., but that company's owner said the product is a counterfeit version of hers and was sold by an unauthorized seller. "We're very sorry for all the distress this has caused. We are feeling the pain here as well," said Chizo Onuh of Jagazi Naturals. "It just doesn't make any sense. No one will buy the product when you put that offensive name on it."