Walmart came under fire for a website listing that described the color of a weave cap as “ni**er” brown” and had to apologize.
Fortune claims that Walmart prompted controversy on Monday after a third-party product description on its website contained a racial slur. The mega-retail chain published a description for a wig cap that listed its color as “N—– Brown.” The post sparked a reaction on Twitter.
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Walmart apologized for the use of the racial slur on Monday, calling it “appalling.”
According to the Newsone, in a statement, the company said it’s “very sorry and appalled,” shifted the blame to a third-party vendor that it declines to name. “It is a clear violation of our policy, and has been removed, and we are investigating the seller to determine how this could have happened,” said Danit Marguardt, Wal-Mart’s director of corporate communications.
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The retailer did not share the name of the vendor that was selling the wig cap.
Walmart eventually took the listing for the wig down from its page. Jagazi Naturals, a United Kingdom-based company listed as the wig cap seller, said that it had nothing to do with the listing.
“The real JAGAZI is a 100% black company for black people. People have often used our brand name to try and sell their products. Please be aware. Very sorry for all the distress this has caused. We are feeling the pain here as well,” Jagazi said in a statement.
Shame on Walmart! It’s no secret that racists work in all spheres of life but that not an excuse for covering them up.