Online retailer peddles Obama death-threat t-shirts
An online retailer that allows buyers to customize the products they buy is selling t-shirts and bumper stickers with racist comments and thinly-veiled death threats against President Barack Obama.
Zazzle.com, a ten-year-old online retailer linked to the Disney corporation and funded by some of Google’s early major investors, allows customers to create their own images on t-shirts, bumper stickers and other products. Now some of those customers have put on sale a variety of products displaying hostility towards the US’s first black president.
“Send Barack Obama hunting with Cheney,” reads a t-shirt that features bullet holes around the words.
“Cannibals are starving in Africa,” reads a bumper sticker. “Please send Obama to help.”
“Abort Obama,” a “doggie t-shirt” reads.
Psalms 109:8 reads, “Let his days be few and let another take his office.”
Many of the anti-Obama products available at Zazzle appear to have been created by a single user who goes by the handle “Nobamaman.”
Zazzle reportedly has an arrangement with the Walt Disney Company, which allows the retailer to use Disney imagery on its products. The company also evidently has a similar arrangement with the Library of Congress.
Among Zazzle’s investors are John Doerr and Ram Shriram, who both became billionaires when they were early investors in Google.