Last year, Amazon faced a social media outrage from customers who were furious about items sold on the site with images of Hindu gods, Jesus Christ and Quran verses. These controversial items were removed from the site soon after #BoycottAmazon became trending on Twitter. Fast forward to today, it seems like Amazon didn’t learn from last year’s controversy.
In India, desecration of the flag is not tolerated. It’s punishable with fines and even imprisonment. That’s why hundreds of angry consumers, including India’s foreign minister, Sushma Swaraj, criticized the e-commerce giant for selling Indian Flag Doormats were found on their Canadian site.
On Jan. 11, 2017, India’s foreign minister, Sushma Swaraj, tweeted:
“Amazon must tender unconditional apology. They must withdraw all products insulting our national flag immediately.”
She even threatened that Amazon officials will not be granted Indian Visa and existing visas will be cancelled in case Amazon will not comply. Amazon CA immediately removed all the controversial doormats and wrote a letter of apology to Susma Swaraj.
“After learning of the product’s listing, we immediately removed them from the Canadian website and implemented measures to ensure that these products could not be sold on any of our other marketplace or websites”, Amazon wrote.
After the said doormats were pulled out from the site, another controversial item was yet again found on the Amazon US’ website: Flip-flops with the image of Mahatma Gandhi and his teachings printed on them, degrading the country once again.
It’s a Strike 2 for Amazon already and we’re only on the first month of 2017!
As of now, Amazon hasn’t successfully removed the items on the site yet. The Gandhi flip-flops sold by third party seller, Café Press, are still available on the site.
You better do it fast, Amazon, before #BoycottAmazon becomes trending on Twitter again.