More Violations from @CafePress: “F*ck Jews,” “F*ck Blacks,” “Wetbacks,” and Many More

Thinking that the whole CafePress Anti-Mexican mess was over after the latest snafu (F*ck Illegals), we wanted to go back to the site and make sure that one of the world's top websites was closely enforcing its process again. The first thing we did was check over the company's content policy, which we posted here as well:

General Guidelines for Prohibited Content

  • Content that may infringe on the rights of a third a party.
  • Items that make inappropriate use of Nazi symbols and glamorize the actions of Hitler.
  • Use of marks that signify hate towards another group of people.
  • Hate and/or racist terms.
  • Inappropriate content or nudity that is not artistic in nature.
  • Content that exploits images or the likeness of minors.
  • Obscene and vulgar comments and offensive remarks that harass, threaten, defame or abuse others such as F*** (Ethnic Group).
  • Content that depicts violence, is obscene, abusive, fraudulent or threatening such as an image of a murder victim, morgue shots, promotion of suicide, etc.
  • Content that glamorizes the use of "hard core" illegal substance and drugs such as a person injecting a vial of a substance in their body.
  • Material that is generally offensive or in bad taste, as determined by CafePress.

The list outlined above should NOT be construed as an exhaustive list of offensive material but rather as a general guideline for you to follow.

Click here for Examples of Prohibited Content

PLEASE NOTE: CafePress has millions of users from varied backgrounds, beliefs, and cultures, who differ in their views about what is considered offensive and acceptable. We recognize that with such global diversity there will be differences about what is considered offensive and that someone somewhere in the world may be offended by the opinions, perspectives and creative expressions of some of our users. We ask that all users respect each others' right to express themselves in a manner consistent with this Content Usage Policy.

Then we decided to check it out one last time to see that all was well. Looks like it's not and it is clear to us that CafePress continues to violate its own company policy. They might also need some programmers to filter words like "F***" and ethnic slurs as well. Because, right now on CafePress, you can search the following terms and you will get products:

"F*ck Jews"

 

 

"F*ck Chinks"

 

 

 

"F*ck Blacks"

 

 

"Wetbacks"

Other terms you can search for right now on CafePress are:

 

We are pretty sure that CafePress will take these pages down now since they are all clear violations, but the question remains: why were they even up in the first place and why can you search products by racial slurs? And why are these product tagged with these racial slurs? CafePress says that they need to review 120,000 images a week to determine what is appropriate and what is not, so they might have missed some of these violations. Maybe they should consider cutting back on their product offerings and going back to humans checking things instead of servers that are not doing the job?

Dear @CafePress: Submitting More Violations for You From Your “F*CK ILLEGALS” Section

UPDATE: Around 7pm EST, the "F*ck Illegals" section has been taken down.

Looks like CafePress needs more employees or better servers, because they truly have some very suspect filtering systems. Our staff spent a little more time on the site today to see what other products they are selling, and after a reader suggested we enter the search term "F*ck Illegals," we came across these lovely gift ideas:

 

 

We think these are all policy violations from your site. Maybe it's time to rethink it all? Get better systems? Or hire more people to mine your images? Here's a thought: maybe eliminiate the word "f*ck" from your searches?

 

In the meantime, CafePress' PR Agency has revised its original statement statement to us. This is what we got at 5:20 EST today:

CafePress is in the process of reviewing user-designed images as brought to our attention recently. We are making decisions as to what user images are, and are not acceptable based on our policy.

We review over 120,000 user-uploaded images each week, and encourage our customers to notify us at [email protected] if they see user content on CafePress that they feel violate our policies. 

UPDATE: The Anti=Mexico section has been taken down.

UPDATE: Around 7pm EST, the "F*ck Illegals" section has been taken down.

 

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On Twitter, @SHAQ Denounces “Yellow Journalism”—Might “Say Something” on @NBAonTNT

TNT Sports analyst and former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal returned to Twitter today to address the ongoing controversy surrounding alleged comments that he made against Puerto Rico to a sports reporter from the island's Tiro Al Blanco sports show. Late Sunday night, Shaq was actively tweeting and denying reports from TAB's Emilio Pérez. After posting a video early Monday morning, Shaq's Twitter account was silent until earlier this afternoon when he posted the following tweets:

 

Who knows where this goes, but it is clear from O'Neal's tweets that he is denying the story altogether now. His previous tweets late Sunday night indicated that an encounter with Pérez did occur. On Sunday night, O'Neal referred to Pérez as a "fat obnoxious writer" who was asking for a photograph. Later that night, on his video below, O'Neal had suggested that Pérez wanted an autograph. After the video, Shaq did not tweet until later this afternoon today. (We did reach out to Shaq via Twitter for a comment. If he does respond to us, we will share.)

Even Though @CafePress Takes Down “Anti-Mexican Gifts” Section, “Anti=Mexico Gifts” Still Up

Around 7pm EST today, we reported that CafePress issued a statement about the article we wrote about its "Anti-Mexican Gifts" section, and when an astute reader check the page, the "Anti-Mexican Gifts" section was taken down. Nonetheless, another reader alerted us that CafePress still has an "Anti=Mexico Gifts" section, and that section is still up as of 9:15 PM EST tonight. Here are the screen shots of some of the products:

Besides these lovely stickers, you can get your own Secure the Border hoodie:

 

Here is the main page:

Like we said in our original post,  anyone in the world can create their own product and market it. If you want to post it on a Minuteman site, go crazy. But when one of the Internet's most popular customized sites allows for these products, it might be time to have actual human employess check contect or have better filters.

UPDATE, 5;55 PM EST: The ANTI=MEXICO site was taken down.

CafePress Responds to Rebeldes Story About “Anti-Mexican Gifts” Section

Last night, the Rebeldes posted the following piece about CafePress' "Anti-Mexican Gifts" section.

Product from Cafepress "Anti-Mexican Gifts" Section

The piece generated some very quick social media buzz and reaction, and tonight  the PR agency for CafePress sent us the following statement: 

As you may know, CafePress is an automated e-commerce service that allows users to upload merchandise designs into online shops and/or the CafePress marketplace. The range of user-designed products varies widely in topic, taste and political opinion. CafePress’ independent design community spans the globe, with users representing multicultural and multinational ideals and sentiments. As such, users may upload designs that some find distasteful or offensive, but are nevertheless consistent with our policies for expressions and content on our website. At times, user-uploaded designs are simply unacceptable based on our content usage policy and those images may be removed.

We encourage our customers to notify us at [email protected] if they see user content on CafePress that they feel violate our policies. We review all requests for content review, measure user-uploaded images against our policies and determine a plan of action if any is appropriate.

We regret any problems or concerns caused by the images in question. Please note that the user-uploaded images in question do not reflect the opinions of CafePress and its employees.

We thanked them for the statement, but also took the opportunity to submit the following questions for clarification. As of this posting, CafePress has not responded, but if they do we will share.

  1. Do the current products listed on your "Anti-Mexican Gifts" section constitute a policy violation of your content policy?
  2. As for the Home Depot logo parodies, does this also fall under a policy violation?
  3. What about the Nazi symbol on the Arizona tee shirt that is listed on your site?
  4. Will you be revising or changing the title of the "Anti-Mexican Gifts" section? We ask because that head is not a user-generated section, but falls under your website.

The PR agency for CafePress responded to us at 7:15 PM EST and said the following about our questions: "Thank you for following up! This is our official statement."

In the meantime, there is now no Anti-Mexican Gifts section. The URL is now invalid.

 

The @SHAQ Puerto Rico Controversy: English Summary from Emilio Pérez of @tabpr with @LaNueveCuatro

The following is ROUGH ENGLISH TRANSCRIPT and OVERALL SUMMARY of the interview between Rocky the Kid (@rockythekid), Billy Forquet and Emilio Pérez of @tabpr yesterday morning on El Despelote on La Nueva 94 in Puerto Rico. Pérez was the reporter who had an alleged incident with TNT analyst Shaquille O'Neal, Pérez claims that Shaq said disparaging comments about Puerto Rico and later personally attacked him on Twitter.

El Despelote is a comedy morning-drive talk show with a very distinct Puerto Rican vibe, and for part of the segment has the two DJs made fun of Shaq, but Pérez didn't play the humor game but said that he is not going to turn this into a media circus, he has no personal beef with O'Neal, and that a press release about the incident will be shared by TABPR and sent to TNT and other outlets. 

Here is the summary (it is not a literal translation, but it captures Pérez's comments):

The segment begins with Es Despelote presenting a summary saying that Emilio asked for a photo of Shaquille O’Neal, but when O’Neal said no, Emilio told his photographer in Spanish that it wasn’t going to happen and O’Neal thought that Emilio was talking about them in Spanish. O’Neal then presented his video apology

Emilio: That Shaq video happened last night after the All-Star and O’Neal is already contradicting himself, saying I was asking for an autograph but an hour before on Twitter O’Neal tweeted that I had asked him for a photograph. He had changed his story already. Everyone who covers the NBA knows that no reporter is allowed to ask any player any autograph, according to NBA media policies very clearly too. You can ask for a photo but in a press conference setting but you can ask for a photo. [Voice of Shaq saying Dame Besos]

But here is the issue and this is what Shaquille O’Neal will try to spin: Shaquille O’Neal is no longer an NBA player, he is an analyst, he is part of the press, he is a press collaborator, a communicator, just like I am a member of the press. And this was a request among colleagues, this wasn’t a groupie request, and I have experienced this before, having made similar requests. This attack about me being an idiot just shows the class of gentleman that he is, he is denying all this. But he is not denying that he was with me, or that he was talking with me and he won’t apologize about his comments about Puerto Rico. He just says to ask Carlos Arroyo to prove how much he loves Puerto Rico, etc. etc. And of course, there weren’t video recorders when we met at Amway Center or a recording of what we discussed, etc. etc. Maybe except for the security cameras, he was safe in this encounter.

It was in the backstage area of Amway Center. He was with his two bodyguards and a group, and I was with a group of about nine Puerto Rican reporters who were covering the event and they were all witnesses to the incident.  One of the reasons why I approached him, calmly, was that we were taking photos of the event and of other people and then I thought that a photo of O’Neal for Puerto Rico would have been excellent. I told that to the photographer and I asked the bodyguard for permission and then the bodyguard said, sure, ask him, so he let me ask him.  Hey, I understand that he could just have said, "Sir, not right now, maybe some other time," but he didn’t say that and the attack was personal and the comments he made against Puerto Rico had to be shared, they just had to, no matter the consequences, they had to be shared.

I understand that he has a “beef” against me after what he tweeted and recorded, and I am not going to go there. If I were him, I would have done the same thing, I guess. But the issue were his comments against Puerto Rico.

Well, you have to remember that the whole Jeremy Lin headline thing in ESPN and the context of all this. Yesterday, a lot of the press thought it he might have a problem now with TNT. TNT does have TNT en español and they covered the story and presented both sides of the story and this affects not only the Puerto Rican community but also the entire Latino community and knowing Shaq’s history, it was surprising to see what he recorded. He could have handled it differently.

We are going to write a press release to TNT about all this and provide a record of what happened. But this will not be a media tour (no Comay, other Puerto Rican outlets). It happened and we won't attack him back. And we will not make a big spectacle of this, but we will share the release. We know we are young and we haven’t been doing this for a long time, but we are honest about this. It is the responsible thing to do.

Shaquille O’Neal did not touch me at all. Nothing like that happened.

Rocky The Kid then proceeded to post a joke tweet with a picture of Shaq and a panda bear (representing Emilio). Here is what he posted, as a joke. Pérez chuckled a bit, but didn't comment that much about the joke tweet. The tweet says something to this effect: "Hey, Emilio, a photo was taken of you with Shaq. Hahahahaha."

Last Night on @TheDailyShow: How Is It That Mitt Romney Hasn’t Crushed This Guy Already?

We were going to blog about Santorum's latest comments about JFK (FYI: one of the most popular Catholics ever) and college. But then Jon Stewart said it best last night.

Nailed it!

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La Nueva 94 Uploads the Spanish Radio Broadcast of @SHAQ Puerto Rican Controversy

Here is the broadcast segment from Monday morning's "El Despelote" show on la Nueva 94 in Puerto Rico. The broadcast is in Spanish, and the hosts interview Emilio Pérez, the reporter from Tiro al Blanco who describes his encounter with Shaquille O'Neal during the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Orlando.

We will have an English transcript tomorrow of the key moments, but we wanted to run the raw Spanish broadcast first, as is.

#NoMames: Let’s All Go Shopping for “Anti-Mexican Gifts” at @CafePress

UPDATE: CafePress has eliminated this page section from their site.

Cafepress.com is one of the world's "customized" online shopping destinations. The idea is a simple one: create your own designs, upload them, make them into t-shirts, cups, bumper stickers, etc., and sell away. According to its site, "CafePress.com today ships over 6 million products annually, and has over 11 million unique visitors to our website each month."

Spend some time browsing the products on the site, and you might agree with what the company's co-founder so proudly states on its site:

Well, unless you get to the "Anti-Mexican Gifts" section. Looking for the right funny gift to express your hate and racism towards Mexicans? Well, Cafepress has got the goods for you. (We were alerted of this site by TextMex and were happy to see that our friends at ReMezcla posted about it as well.)

 

Hey, are you looking for a Home Depot ripoff logo to express your true inner feelings about mojados? Cafepress has got the goods for you.

 

 

And while you are at it, why not get that "cute Anti-Mexican shirt" for your the little Minuteman in your life?

As you explore the site, you would think that CafePress would actually HAVE a policy about this type of content, and they do. Here it is:

General Guidelines for Prohibited Content

  • Content that may infringe on the rights of a third a party.
  • Items that make inappropriate use of Nazi symbols and glamorize the actions of Hitler.
  • Use of marks that signify hate towards another group of people.
  • Hate and/or racist terms.
  • Inappropriate content or nudity that is not artistic in nature.
  • Content that exploits images or the likeness of minors.
  • Obscene and vulgar comments and offensive remarks that harass, threaten, defame or abuse others such as F*** (Ethnic Group).
  • Content that depicts violence, is obscene, abusive, fraudulent or threatening such as an image of a murder victim, morgue shots, promotion of suicide, etc.
  • Content that glamorizes the use of "hard core" illegal substance and drugs such as a person injecting a vial of a substance in their body.
  • Material that is generally offensive or in bad taste, as determined by CafePress.

So what do you think, do these and other products from the "Ant-Mexican Gifts" section violate CafePress policy? Also, is the actual section head a CafePress headline or was that created by someone else? By the way, it is pretty obvious that CafePress does very little to block products such as those above and shirts like these:

 

Granted, people can sell anything they want (CraigsList or your own damn webpage), but we think there is something wrong when a private company that claims it is policing its content is actually not. Anti-Mexican Gifts aren't cool and neither are images that pay homage to Nazi symbols. You can just do a Looney Tunes tee of Arpaio and Brewer for the same effect.

 

So Cafepress, we give you a #NoMames award.