Shortly after posting a list of Native-themed Valentine’s Day gifts, the artistic product website Zazzle has removed two of the products listed in the article and issued a response on Twitter.
When asked what people thought of the product, responses on Twitter and Facebook ranged from “racist” to “shameful,” among others.
“When a product is brought to our attention that violates our terms of service, we take swift action to remove it. This did and we have,” said @ZazzleHeroes on Twitter.
According to their terms of service the company does not allow content that can reasonably be viewed as discriminatory based upon race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability.
The terms further state that any products that are “deemed unacceptable or offensive or in bad taste at the sole judgment of Zazzle will have the products cancelled and removed from the Marketplace with or without notice.”
Zazzle also said: “Zazzle provides an open marketplace where user-generated content can be used to create a wide variety of products and apparel. By its very nature, the platform thrives on creativity and the opportunity for people to share their designs with the world. While Zazzle does not manually review all designs that are uploaded, when a product is brought to our attention that violates our terms of service, we take swift action to remove it. We encourage the Zazzle community to use our platform to share their creativity, and we ask that they continue to maintain an open dialogue with us to ensure Zazzle features only the highest quality merchandise for our customers.”
Zazzle removed the customizable Native American vintage Valentine tie and the “I’m after your scalp Valentine” retro smoke signal gift items. The Indian chief jewelry box displaying a Plains-style Indian chief holding red balloons are still up on the website.