Computer Error Killed T-shirt BusinessAdded: Friday, March 22nd, 2013
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One of the popular online T-shirt selling companies that had offices in the United Kingdom has recently been knocked out of business. It reportedly was a computer error which resulted in it advertising the company’s wares on Amazon glorifying rape, murder and sex crimes.
Design company Solid Gold Bomb seems to have lived up to its name. Nobody expected that dozens of T-shirts with offensive slogans like “Keep Calm and Rape a Lot” or “Keep Calm and Kill Her” would appear on Amazon.
The T-shirts were sold on Amazon, but the retailer has now suspended the company’s account after an uproar that saw Solid Gold Bomb accused of making money from domestic violence. The company was set up in Melbourne by Michael Fowler. Its founder told in the interview that he was completely oblivious to the outcry until he saw the news on the company’s Facebook page.
Before the accident Michael Fowler was receiving 300 to 1,700 orders per day, but since the scandal broke, his sales plunged to as few as 3 the very next day. Fowler admitted he might have to shut down his venture in a few days. The founder has plastered Solid Gold Bomb's official site with an apology message, and explained that this happened due to a “computer error”.
Reportedly, the story was the following: Fowler created a range of parody “Keep Calm” T-shirts and wrote a “three-line script” which was supposed to harness electronic dictionaries and verb lists in order to automatically generate phrases for the T-shirts. As a result, he ended up with thousands of various options on Amazon with the help of what is claimed to be a “100% automated process”.
The problem is that Fowler didn’t realize that the process in question could create offensive T-shirts or that any of them were on sale until the scandal blew up. Once he knew about the situation, he cancelled orders he had got for the T-shirts since that day.
He issued an apology message to explain the situation and promised that as a father, husband, brother and son, he would have never promoted a product like that (which seems logic). Fowler claimed this was never his intention and he was extremely sorry for the trouble this carelessness caused.
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Friday, March 22nd, 2013
|who would actually wear a "rape alot" t-shirt? lol...as Elaine said "sickies!" haha|
|the rape alot tshirts were for india|
|posted by (2013-03-23 07:53:09)|
|@fj you are a disgusting waste of oxygen do us all a favour and leave!|
|"Fowler created a range of parody “Keep Calm” T-shirts and wrote a “three-line script” which was supposed to harness electronic dictionaries and verb lists in order to automatically generate phrases for the T-shirts."|
At least be honest Fowler--your sense of humour is a little too intense for people who are easily offended. Jesus, you're going down the gurgler anyway... so you may as well tell all those whiners with who had their "delicate sensibilities" irreparably damaged to root their boot, royally.
|Looks like a marketing campaign...His website is alive and well!|
|posted by (2013-03-23 15:29:30)|
|@giraffe - take it on the chin pal. It wasn't 12 Aussie T-shirt makers who raped a lone woman on a bus; they are the disgusting waste of oxygen.|
@Zulu.... You're totally correct, this guy had a massively profitable clothing line, woke one day and thought he'd just junk it.
The IQ of some of our board members is totally shameful.
|posted by (2013-03-23 18:25:23)|
|@filthyjewand probably the real reason he went broke is because he couldn't supply the demand in india .|
|posted by (2013-03-23 19:02:15)|
|@ Wylde Ignorance is not equal to stupidity. How's the view from your throne in the sky?|
@ everyone else who is making remarks regarding the rapists in India - there are more people protesting the horror that occurred to that poor woman, than there were people involved in the rape. Perhaps not everyone in India is a rapist?
@ zuluDroog perhaps if you'd been raped & abused, like myself and many other people have, you wouldn't take too kindly to seeing such abusive intent written on t-shirts and bandied around like it means nothing to infer rape and abuse towards women &/or men is all right. It's never all right & there is no reasoning or words which will ever make it an acceptable act or behaviour.
Thanks for the post Sam
|posted by (2013-03-23 19:42:57)|
|View is very clear.|
Simply grow up.
|Wow?! whether you like it or not I believe in freedom of speech and NO censorship of any kind. Life can be hard people you need to get tougher skin because if you do not, life will always be hard.|
|posted by (2013-03-24 04:29:58)|
|I believe in free speech too. I also believe that The freedom of speech also comes with certain moral obligations. Having the freedom to do something isn't a free license to do it irresponsibly. And there's no such thing as NO censorship. We censor ourselves all the time. Forced censorship is something that should be apposed.|
|posted by (2013-03-24 07:59:37)|
|@wylde FJ keeps posting racist comments, even his name and avatar are just to promote his hatred. So instead of taking it on the chin, I'm fighting back.|
|Keep Calm And Blog ..|
|posted by (2013-03-25 02:29:21)|
|Enciting people to break the law with slogans like these is hardly freedom of speech!!|
|posted by (2013-03-25 10:25:56)|
I agree with nurvx. Irresponsible words are not freedom of speech. Words expressing one's stand is freedom of speech. Everyone should be responsible of his own words. Otherwise slanders and rumours will flood the world, while nobody would be responsible with tonymengela's form of freedom of speech denfense.
|posted by (2013-03-26 08:53:10)|
|i live in australia and this sort of thing doesnt suprise me...the average white aussie is the worst racist pig you will ever meet...consisting of 3 brain cells of which 2 malfunction all the time....very big on pointing the finger at others in sporting events but turn out to be drugs cheats themselves. I love this country its open spaces and its wildlife...its just a pity that is partly filled with decendants of criminals and idiots who think they can do no wrong||
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