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.

 

#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.