Members of the Sheffield public have not been offended by a “racist” t-shirt.
Despite the fact that the original complaint over the shirt was filed by a Sheffield resident, few others seem to find its contents offensive.
Fashion retailer Primark has been forced to remove the shirt from sale after it was branded “racist” by an angry customer.
The shirt featured the words “eeny meeny miny moe”, a quote from popular TV show The Walking Dead.
The phrase is featured in a popular children’s nursery rhyme.
— Colm McGlinchey (@ColmMcGlinchey) February 22, 2017
Ian Lucraft, who filed the complaint, said that he considered the shirt racist because some versions of the nursery rhyme include a derogatory reference to black people.
He spotted the shirt when shopping with his wife in Sheffield and was shocked by its content.
As well as the featured phrase, it includes an image of a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire, referencing a scene in the show.
But the Sheffield public as a whole do not seem to find the shirt as offensive as Lucraft.
Members of the public in Sheffield were shocked by the store’s decision.
In a statement, Primark said: “The T-shirt in question is licensed merchandise for the US television series, The Walking Dead, and the quote and image are taken directly from the show.
“Any offence caused by its design was wholly unintentional and Primark sincerely apologises for this.”
They have since removed the shirt from sale at all stores.
Online reaction to the shirt was far more mixed – while some were supportive of the store’s decision, others were far more scathing.
That Walking Dead shirt from Primark is the most racist image I've ever seen
— Handsome Jamo (@KonyChimel) February 22, 2017
@Primark hello, im a young african american, and id just like to say your shirt design isnt racist, and id personally love to purchase one
— Travy (@WandererTravy) February 23, 2017
— DTI Casso (@DTICasso) February 23, 2017
More than 600 people have signed a petition asking Primark to return the shirt to stores.