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


Liz Crowter (l) and her daughter Heidi Carter

picture captionLiz Crowter (l) and her daughter Heidi Carter mentioned they have been upset on the T-shirts being offered

A girl with Down’s syndrome was left “offended and upset” when she noticed T-shirts offered on Amazon with the slogan “Let’s Make Down Syndrome Extinct”.

Heidi Carter, from Coventry, mentioned when she had first discovered the gadgets on-line she was “nearly crying my eyes out”.

Her mom Liz Crowter accused Amazon of selling hate speech.

The firm has since eliminated the product, which was being offered by a 3rd celebration, after complaints and a petition signed by greater than 25,000.

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


picture captionLiz Crowter mentioned mentioned the slogan was “not acceptable”

She mentioned it was “not acceptable” for such phrases for use, including: “It is hate speech against people with Down’s syndrome.”

Down’s syndrome is a genetic situation which usually impacts somebody’s studying and bodily options.

The T-shirts – which bear the same slogan to ones referring to coronavirus or most cancers – have been offered in March after which eliminated however have now appeared once more, Ms Crowter mentioned.

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“If you look at the Amazon policy on hate speech, they talk about racial, sexual, religious intolerance and they will not promote organisations with such views, [and] they will also remove listings that graphically portray violence, all victims of violence, but there is nothing in the policy about hate speech for disability,” she mentioned.

“So, that will continue hate speech for disability until they change their policies.”

In a press release, Amazon mentioned: “All sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who do not will be subject to action including potential removal of their account.”

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