Retailers quizzed on 'offensive' products

Thursday, June 25, 2015
 | 
Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

Questions to retailers who have decided not to sell Confederate flag merchandise remain unanswered.

In the wake of the church massacre in South Carolina last week, major retailers Walmart, Amazon, Sears and eBay have stopped selling Confederate flag merchandise. Nine worshipers died in that shooting at the predominately black Charleston church. The white suspect, who is now in custody, has appeared in photographs holding a Confederate flag.

Reasons behind the retailers' decision are similar, with eBay saying the flag has become a symbol of "divisiveness and racism." Walmart, meanwhile, says: "We never want to offend anyone with the products that we offer."

So what is and isn't divisive and or offensive to someone? Offensive is defined as something "causing someone to feel hurt, angry or upset." Based on that, OneNewsNow searched the websites for Walmart, Amazon, Sears and eBay.

Among items on the Sears website that some may consider offensive are LGBT pride materials, books on various faiths – and 50 Shades of Grey DVDs, a film based on a book that some people consider pornographic. Walmart, Amazon and eBay sell those same items online, as well as the "Plan B" contraceptive pill, a product that some pro-life advocates have objected to and call on people not to use. Walmart and Amazon also sell firearms, something advocates of gun control may find offensive.

Read: Major retailer called out for hypocrisy

OneNewsNow emailed all four retailers to ask them about their decision not to sell Confederate flag merchandise. Included in that inquiry was the question: "What about other items that people of all backgrounds may find offensive, based on religious reasons or personal opinion?"

Walmart and eBay were the only retailers to respond, but they only reiterated their earlier statements.

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