by Cassy Fiano | July 31, 2017 9:00 pm
There are people who love to cry racist at every opportunity, so it’s easy to brush claims of racism off as illegitimate. But could a product listed on the Walmart website actually be the real thing? The product used a racial slur and the backlash was so fierce that it had to be yanked off the website.
An impostor posed as a real company — Jagazi UK, Ltd. — and listed a product on the Walmart website. The product was a line of wig caps, which are placed between a person’s hair and sewn-in extensions. A variety of colors was available and one of them was “n***** brown.”
It didn’t take long for people to notice the slur and the backlash was immediate. People spoke out on social media, demanding that the product be removed. Roxanne Gay, a New York Times bestselling artist who frequently writes about feminist and racial issues, said the product was “so far past unacceptable.”
For their part, Jagazi had the product removed and released a statement slamming the fraudulent product. “We woke up this morning to the news that someone has used our name JAGAZI to list an item,” the statement read. “Please beware that we are reporting this to as many people as we can and trying to get all the listings pulled down. The real JAGAZI is a 100% black company for black people. People have often used our brand name to try and sell their fake products. Please be aware. Very sorry for all the distress this has caused. We are feeling the pain here as well. Most shocking!”
The owner of Jagazi, Chizo Onuh, also spoke out against the hack. “We’re very sorry for all the distress this has caused,” she said. “We are feeling the pain here as well. It just doesn’t make any sense. No one will buy the product when you put that offensive name on it.”
Walmart also apologized and released a statement of their own. “We are very sorry and appalled that this third party seller listed their item with this description on our online marketplace,” the statement said. “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.”
Do you think this product was racist?
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