Walmart Canada apologizes for ugly Christmas sweater

Elias Hubbard
December 9, 2019

The sweater, which was available for purchase on Walmart's website, included an image of an excited Santa Claus sitting at a table with three white lines that are heavily implied to be cocaine.

The wool-polyester blend pullover immediately attracted widespread backlash and the retailer told ABC News in a statement that it has "removed these products from our marketplace".

Walmart said the sweater was sold online in Canada by a third-party vendor and has been removed. "We apologise for any unintended offence this may have caused". The sweater also had the phrase "Let It Snow" under the controversial image.

The sweater in question apparently making an apparent drug reference. The product description, according to screenshots posted on social media, was more specific and alluded to cocaine.

"We all know how snow works".

"That's bad news for jolly old St Nick, who lives far away in the North Pole".

"He packs it in flawless lines on his coffee table and then takes a big whiff to smell the high quality aroma of the snow".

Third-party sellers are able to make products available on Walmart Marketplace - a portal on which Walmart can approve sellers to use its website.

The description of the sweater, which was made by the clothing company FUN Wear, went on to say, "He packs it in flawless lines on his coffee table and then takes a big whiff to smell the high-quality aroma of the snow". Earlier in December, Amazon pulled Christmas ornaments showing the Auschwitz concentration camp. Amazon removed the products when the Auschwitz Memorial tweeted about them.

For example, there is a sweater that depicts Santa laying flat on his stomach while an alien creature appears to be preparing to... um... probe him with some sort of device.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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