Nowadays, it’s pretty safe to say that the majority of people shop for their items on Amazon. The shopping site powerhouse has made a fortune due to the convenience they offer their customers. You can find pretty much anything you are looking for at a reasonable price on the famous site and it can be shipped right to your front door in just a matter of hours, thanks to programs like “Amazon Prime” and “Amazon Prime Now.”
While the possibilities are endless on Amazon’s shopping site, they have recently been at the receiving end of some major criticism due to a product that they have chosen to sell.
A hooded sweatshirt that pokes fun at eating disorders has caused quite a stir amongst those who suffer from mental health issues.
The black hoodie has the definition of anorexia on the front in bold print, but it has what is suspected to be a funny spin on the definition. It says: “Anorexia: Like Bulimia, except with self-control.”
— Dr Andy Mayers FRSA (@DrAndyMayers) September 29, 2017
While this may be funny for those who don’t suffer from eating disorders or mental health issues, it is being seen as highly inappropriate by others. Mental health issues plague one in five adults in the United States, affecting 43.8 million people every year. With that said, it’s not surprising that some bad blood has been had over the shirt, and social media users are sticking up for those with mental health issues, demanding that the hoodie be taken off Amazon’s site.
There have been some major conversations on Twitter about the topic and some of the tweets are expressing opinions on Amazon’s lack of taste regarding the shirt…
“Amazon has been described as “grossly irresponsible” for selling this top about anorexia and bulimia. Should it be banned?”
“Amazon UK has a long story of selling products that stigmatize mental health despite complaints.”
Sounds like Amazon is up against some pretty passionate people.
Some of the other shirts that poke fun at customers include a black t-shirt that says: “It wasn’t my fault, the voices made me do it.”
Another shirt that received criticism takes a stab at blondes and says: “Blondes make the best psychos.”
To some these sayings are funny…to others, not so much.
While Amazon still hasn’t commented on their plans to sell or not sell the hoodie, one woman who battles anorexia spoke out and said that shirts like this could damage the mental health of people with those conditions.
It never pays off to poke fun at someone and hopefully, Amazon will choose to do the right thing, or they may lose a good chunk of their faithful shoppers. The company takes pride in the fact that they sell pretty much everything with convenient perks, but sometimes it’s best to take the high road and give up a sale or two for the sake of other’s feelings. Surely they have enough options to make up for the loss of shirts.