There are snowflakes in Britain, too, and it took only one to pressure a retailer to pull an item from its shelves because it was perceived as racist.
The item in question is a T-shirt for fans of AMC’s The Walking Dead. It features “Lucille,” the bloody bat wrapped in barbed wire wielded by this season’s supervillain Negan, and a short quote from his now infamous taunt before bashing two main character’s heads in: “Eeny, meeny, miny, moe.”
Shopper Ian Lucraft lodged a formal complaint with Primark, the U.K.-based store carrying the shirt, over the item's “explicit” message. The Sun quotes him saying:
“It was fantastically offensive and I can only assume that no one in the process of ordering it knew what they were doing or were aware of its subliminal messages.
“The slogan is ‘Eeeny meenie miny moe…’ It stops there, but of course we all know what the original said: ‘catch a n***** by his toe.’”
Lucraft went on to say that the graphic bloody bat added to the offense:
“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.”
Primark caved and pulled the shirt from its stores and issued an apology:
“The t-shirt in question is licensed merchandise for the U.S. television series, The Walking Dead, and the quote and image are taken directly from the show. Any offence caused by its design was wholly unintentional and Primark sincerely apologises for this.
“Primark has removed the product from sale.”
Wikipedia explores many variations of the children's rhyme which has taken many forms since before 1820.