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.