From a practical standpoint — our Walmart overlords decided what we can and can’t have. MentalFloss has put together a list of 11 things they did not approve of — or were forced to remove because others did not approve.
Our favorite? The credit card/Santa panties for juniors.
That’s right: panties that say, “Who needs credit cards…” on the front and “When you have Santa” on the rear. The undergarments started showing up in Wal-Mart’s juniors departments in December 2007 and quickly started an Internet firestorm over the perceived message of using Kris Kringle as a sugar daddy. While the same joke would be fairly harmless on, say, a t-shirt, many women felt that its placement on underwear added a sinister sexual undertone aimed at adolescent girls.
We took a different position at the time, suggesting that the choice of panties for the slogan was clouding the message of fiscal responsibility. Then again, at the time we didn’t know about the Santa part on the butt. Oh well.
One notable banning left off the MentalFloss list was the notorious Walmart Nazi T-shirt, which is too bad, because a lot of work went into that one.