German Site Pulls Racist 'Eat a Chinese' Tees After Outcry

By That's, March 10, 2017

1 0

German T-shirt site Spreadshirt has removed a few shirts from sale after social media users accused them of having racist slogans.

The site, which has been in operation since 2002, lets users design tees and sell them on their platform. But last week, users Quentin1984 and Monigote abused that privilege by creating shirts that read “Save a Dog, eat a Chinese” and “Save a Shark, eat a Chinese,” respectively. 

Save a Dog eat a Chinese

Save a Shark, Eat a Chinese

Twitter user @YOMYOMF brought the two shirts to attention, prompting backlash online and calls for a boycott. 

"Since when we need resort to #racism for animal protection?" asked one user.

The company removed the shirts earlier this week. However, Huffington Post points out that several similarly offensive shirts remain on the site.

Offensive Shirts

Offensive Shirts

Offensive Shirts

Commenting on the outcry over the original shirts, a Spreadshirt spokesperson told the Global Times: "This is the designer's work which doesn't represent our company. This is simply humor, though it is in poor taste it is not linked to racism. Allowing the designer to release this T-shirt is free speech."

This isn't the first time a Western fashion retailer has come under fire for questionable apparel. Back in November, American company Nordstrom came under fire for selling a hoodie depicting the Nanjing Massacre.

Nanjing Massacre Hoodie

The hoodie was eventually removed from sale.

more news

China-based Lawyer on 3 Common Legal Misconceptions in the PRC

As a counsel specializing in employment law in China, Jeffrey Wilson has unique insight into how the law works here.

8 China Podcasts to Listen to While Washing the Dishes

From topics ranging from history, dating, business, or just living in China.

China is Eating Healthier Takeout, According to Meituan

Meituan reported a rise in the number of healthy food orders and outlets operating on the platform as of September 2019.

New Meat: Is China Ready for a Plant-Based Future?

China’s growing appetite for animal flesh has triggered alarm bells. Could plant-based ‘meats’ be the key to ensuring the country’s food security?

How to Make Space for a Relationship in China

Date Night China podcast discusses new relationships and navigating past the 'honeymoon' period in China.

This Week in History: China's Devastating 2008 Winter Storms

Ice storms wiped out electricity and transportation for millions of households in south-central China back in 2008.

Chinese-Congolese Singer Zhong Feifei on Competing on Reality TV and New Music

From studying global security to competing in a Chinese singing reality show.

11 Miners Rescued 14 Days After Gold Mine Explosion in China

The blast took place at a gold mine in Qixia, part of Yantai city in Shandong province. A total of 22 miners were trapped as a result.

0 User Comments

In Case You Missed It…

We're on WeChat!

Scan our QR Code at right or follow us at thatsonline for events, guides, giveaways and much more!

7 Days in China With thatsmags.com

Weekly updates to your email inbox every Wednesday

Subscribe

Download previous issues

Never miss an issue of That's Magazines!

Visit the archives