Rick Smith runs the blog Noah’s Dad, on which he writes about his son, Noah, to raise awareness of Down’s syndrome. He was recently browsing Walmart’s website when he came about a mug that read “Got Retard?”
In a Facebook post that was shared over 3,000 times, Smith called for Walmart to take the mug off their website:
“Dear Walmart – I’d like to kindly ask that you remove this product from your online store. As a parent of a child with special needs this is offensive. It looks like it is coming from a 3rd party, so you may not have been aware, but I’d appreciate it being removed. If you’d like to learn more about the ‘R-Word’ and why I don’t use it (or think others should either.)”
Following complaints, Walmart removed the mug from their website early Monday morning while Amazon removed it later in the afternoon.
“This item was offered through a Marketplace seller,” a Walmart spokesman said. “It clearly violated our prohibited items policy and once it was brought to our attention, we quickly removed it from the Marketplace. We think it’s unacceptable a seller put it on the site in the first place.”