‘Walking Dead’ T-Shirt Pulled For Being ‘Racist’ And ‘Offensive’ By: Bill Bradley anD The Huffington PoSt

Walking Dead Neagan T-Shirts

SUMMARY

  • Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes gets shot and falls into a coma
  • Finds himself in a Zombie Apocalypse
  • His family is missing and sets out to find them
  • He finds them with a big group of people
  • Rick becomes the leader of this group
  • Helps them survive, find a place to live, and get food
  • Show is about survival, the risks, and the things you'll have to do to survive
  • An international clothing retailer called Primark removed a “Walking Dead” T-shirt from its store
  • The shirt features a baseball bat covered in barbed wire and the phrase “Eeny meeny miny moe"
  • Ian Lucraft complained that it was “racist” and “offensive"
  • Lucraft stated, “This image relates directly to the practice of assaulting black people in America,” and, “It is directly threatening of a racist assault, and if I were black and were faced by a wearer I would know just where I stood."
  • The line is followed by "catch a tiger by the toe"
  • Earlier versions of the ryhme include the N-word
  • The rhyme was used in one of the episodes
  • Neagan uses the ryhme to pick a victim
  • Neagan “hesitates” to kill Asian American character named Glenn
  • That’s why the rhyme was used in the first place
  • Primark stated, "Offence caused by it's(the shirt's) design was wholly unintentional."

WHY I CHOSE THE ARTICLE

  • Surprised me
  • I watch the show
  • Classmates watch the show
  • Interesting article
  • Connects to our current theme

CONNECTION

  • Adversity, Conflict, and Change
  • How does conflict lead to change?
  • Racism, boycott the store, and remove shirt

CRITICAL THINKING QUESTIONS

  1. In your opinion, do you think Ian Lucraft over exaggerated or acted appropriately when he saw the shirt?
  2. If the shirt had the same words, but a different background, would the shirt still be labeled as racist and offensive?

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