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Forced To Apologize For A Christmas Sweater That Featured What Many Say Was Santa Doing Lines Of Cocaine

Walmart Canada pulled a Christmas sweater that features Santa Claus snorting cocaine off a coffee table with the accompanying slogan “let it snow.” The company also apologized, claiming it doesn’t align with their so-called values. The sweater made its way onto Walmart.com through a third party seller known as FUN Wear. The popularization of ironic ugly Christmas sweaters has also lead to raunchier more subversive ones that you can find all over the internet.

If you’re wondering what makes this one particularly offensive, well, it’s the description that centers around an old Latinx stereotype: the Colombian druglord. Some people found it funny, others wondered what was going on at Walmart. You can decide how you feel about this seller’s description of the sweater. 

Apparently, Santa Claus loves “Colombian snow.”

“We all know how snow works. It’s white, powdery and the best snow comes straight from South America,” read the product description on Walmart’s website. “That’s bad news for jolly old St. Nick, who lives far away in the North Pole.”

If I would have known Santa was fueled by cocaine instead of milk and cookies, maybe I would have gotten a Lamboghorni under the Christmas tree as the Lord Beyoncé clearly intended. 

“That’s why Santa really likes to savour the moment when he gets his hands on some quality, grade A, Colombian snow. He packs it in perfect lines on his coffee table and then takes a big whiff to smell the high-quality aroma of the snow,” it reads. 

Wow, this description is really funny if you love cocaine and think the Netflix TV series Narcos is historically accurate. The sweater went viral on social media garnering a polarizing response.

Colombia is threatening to sue Walmart for conflating the nation with cocaine.

According to the Washington Post, the National Agency for the Legal Defense of the State threatened to sue Walmart on behalf of Colombia. 

“The Walmart sweater is an offense to the country. It generates damage to the legal products of Colombia and damage to the country’s reputation,” agency director Camilo Gómez Alzate told El Tiempo. “Although Walmart apologized, the damage was done.” 

The agency is demanding Walmart indemnify and if the company doesn’t comply, it will move forward with legal proceedings. Gómez is demanding the chain sell and promote legal Colombian products and invest 10 times the amount they have spent marketing cocaine-related products. 

“Colombia must be respected,” Gómez said, according to El Tiempo. “What will the family of a person who died in the fight against drug trafficking feel when a firm like Walmart promotes a bag of cocaine from Colombia?”

Walmart pulls the shirt and issues an apology.

 Walmart, which once listed a shirt as N-word brown, and has been repeatedly accused of exploiting its employees for decades, said the cartoonish image of Santa recreationally using drugs did not align with their values. 

“These sweaters, sold by a third-party seller on Walmart.ca, do not represent Walmart’s values and have no place on our website. We have removed these products from our marketplace. We apologize for any unintended offense this may have caused,” a spokesperson told Global News.

Walmart pulled other sweaters from the seller including one that reads “Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Flame.” The image shows a bare butted Santa Claus warming his testicles by the fireplace.

Some of the FUN Wear sweaters were more offensive than others.

Another banned shirt from FUN Wear shows a different bare butted Santa about to get raped by an Alien holding a probe. Nothing rings in the season like rape jokes and casual homophobia. Personally, I just add the pumpkin spice blend from Trader Joe’s to everything when I want to get into the spirit.  

“Well, let’s just say if you’re going to zip around the world using flying reindeer to deliver gifts to millions of homes in a single night, you probably should expect some inquisitive aliens to eventually wonder how you can do it,” the description read. 

The situation screams for consumers to side with Team No One. While some of the shirts are actually offensive, critics would say Walmart has little high ground when it comes to moral values. 

“For more than two decades, the giant retailer has been at the center of controversies over its low wages, overtime pay abuses, meager employee benefits, gender discrimination, negative impact on small business, immense dealings with China, tax avoidance and much more,” according to the Corporate Research Project

Amazon, a company that paid zero dollars in federal taxes while you assuredly paid more is already selling a bootleg version.

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