“The retail giant apologized Thursday after its Web site directed buyers of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Planet of the Apes” DVDs to consider DVDs with African American themes.
Wal-Mart said in a statement it was “heartsick” over the offensive combinations and that its retail Web site was linking “seemingly random combinations of titles.”
The company said it would shut down its cross-selling system until the problem was resolved. It said the system was also referring buyers of movies such as “Home Alone” and “Power Puff Girls” to African American-themed DVDs.”
Which we suppose is better than Walmart’s recommendation system giving way to its latent offensive inclinations and recommending “Lolita” and other pedophile- themed DVDs to Power Puff Girl and Macaulay Culkin enthusiasts. But not by much.