Amazon’s Down’s syndrome T-shirts ‘promote hate’, says Coventry woman

Amazon’s Down’s syndrome T-shirts ‘promote hate’, says Coventry woman

Liz Crowter (l) and her daughter Heidi Carter

image captionLiz Crowter (l) and her daughter Heidi Carter said they were upset about the sale of the shirts

A woman with Down syndrome was “offended and shocked” when she saw the t-shirts sold on Amazon with the slogan “Let’s make Down syndrome extinct”.

Coventry-based Heidi Carter said that when she first found the items online she was “almost crying out loud”.

Her mother Liz Crowter accused Amazon of promoting hate speech.

The company has since removed the product, which was being sold by a third party, after complaints and a petition signed by over 25,000.

Speaking with Victoria Derbyshire on BBC News, Ms Crowter said: “I’m just disgusted that anyone would want to make or wear them.”

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image captionLiz Crowter said the slogan was “not acceptable”

He said it “was not acceptable” for such words to be used, adding, “It’s hate speech against people with Down syndrome.”

Down syndrome is a genetic condition that typically affects someone’s learning and physical characteristics.

The T-shirts – which carry a similar slogan to those referring to coronavirus or cancer – were sold in March and then removed, but have now appeared again, Ms. Crowter said.

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“If you look at Amazon’s hate speech policy, they are talking about racial, sexual and religious intolerance and will not promote organizations with such views. [and] they will also remove the lists that depict violence graphically, all victims of violence, but there is nothing in the policy of hate speech for disability, “he said.

“So this will continue hate speech for disability until their policies change.”

In a statement, Amazon said, “All sellers must follow our sales guidelines and those who do not will be subject to action, including the potential removal of their account.”

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