I mentioned this the following briefly in last week's The Walking Dead review, but there's been a new development, and the story bears repeating.
Lastly, this week in England, a controversy erupted when a customer complained about a Walking Dead t-shirt carried by Primark stores (a department store chain in England and Ireland, similar to J.C. Penneys).
A shopper named Ian Lucraft saw the shirt and flipped his sh*t over it, claiming it was offensive and outright racist (!). According to Lucraft,
"The slogan is 'Eeeny meenie miny moe." It stops there, but of course we all know what the original said: 'Catch a nigger by his toe.' The graphic has a large American baseball bat, wrapped round with barbed wire, and covered with blood. This image relates directly to the practice of assaulting black people in America. It is directly threatening of a racist assault, and if I were black and were faced by a wearer I would know just where I stood."And there it is right there, ladies and gents— "and if I were black." No blacks complained about the shirt, as it was the duty of Ian Lucraft, a Guilty White Person, to do so. Because it's the job of a GWP to be offended FOR a particular group, whether they're outraged or not.
To make things even worse, it's patently obvious that Lucraft doesn't even watch the show. If he did, he'd know that in the infamous scene in which Negan's choosing his victim, he doesn't say "nigger (Sorry everyone, I'm not gonna say "N-word." I'm not six years old)." As Negan contines the rhyme, he says, "Catch a tiger by his toe." The tiger version may very well not be how the original rhyme went, but it's one I, and everyone I know, recited as a child.
Seems to me if that Ian Lucraft is thinking and hearing the word "nigger" when he sees this t-shirt, HE'S the one who needs to sit down and reevaluate his life.
Nevertheless, logic and reason were ignored, and Primark pulled the "offending" shirt from their stores, all due to the complaint of one jittery, easily-startled, politically correct pinhead. Way to crumble to non-existent controversy there, Primark!
A day or two after Primark pulled the shirt, actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who plays Negan on the show, got wind of the incident and tweeted, "Holy crap people are stupid. "Walking Dead' Shirt Pulled From Stores After Complaint of Racism."
It makes me happy to know he thinks the whole incident is as ridiculous as I do. You go, Jeffrey Dean! I agree with you 110%!