Walmart’s Nazi Past

Recent updates to this story.

This t-shirt kerfuffle isn’t the first time Walmart has been accused of flirting with fascism, Adfreak points out.

In 2004: Walmart was smacked by Anti-Defamation League for selling the anti-Semitic text The Protocols of the Learned Elders of Zion. And in 2005: Walmart funded a group that used a picture of a 1933 Nazi book burning to protest measures restricting big-box retailers.

And now one for ’06. Walmart’s yearly Nationalist-Socialist constitutional.

Speaking of dates, reader Daniel says:

While interesting to toss around conspiracy theories, we still stick with the hack designer trying to make an “authentic,” “retro,” t-shirt. He just may have no idea how authentically retro it ended up being.

A retailer as large as Walmart is bound to sell Nazi merchandise every so often. You know what they say, a million monkeys at a million sewing machines will eventually sew together a Mein Kampf quilt. — BEN POPKEN


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  1. Magicube says:

    Six posts on this today? Yawn.

  2. homerjay says:

    I agree, this went from a mediocre event to a non-event 5 posts ago.

    Lets get back to bashing AOL and Walmart…. oh wait…..

  3. Chongo says:

    Are things like this designed in house by walmart? If not… then who cares

  4. Heymoe says:

    Godwin’s law *6. This site had some good articles on consumers highlighting ridiculous corporate actions.

    Now it’s just another over-the-top anti-WalMart whinefest.

    Time to look for a competitor (for consumer reporting, not for WalMart).


  5. SexCpotatoes says:

    Man, it’s too bad I’m not allowed to drive (because of recent reconstructive foot surgery) or I’d go see if my local walmart had any of these left. They’re sure to be worth something on ebay…

  6. LTS! says:

    The next article will be how Terrell Owens was wearing this T-shirt while speaking to Tom Cruise and Kevin Federline.

  7. yumyum says:

    Heymoe, I think you need to be a commenter for more than three days before you start trolling about how the site “lost its way.”

  8. homerjay says:

    OH! SNAP!

  9. w_boodle says:

    yumyum says:

    Heymoe, I think you need to be a commenter for more than three days before you start trolling about how the site “lost its way.”

    Unless you’re an Apple fanatic. Then the rule is: Sieg Heil and ein Bombenerfolg sein!

  10. Tonguetied says:

    Mmm, a group uses a picture of something bad happening (Nazi book burning) to protest something else bad happening (unfair restrictions on big box retailers). Yeah that makes them Nazis….

    I like this site, I really do but I think the anti-Walmart obsession is getting kind of old. One post on this kerfuffle makes sense, posting the response from Walmart makes sense but jeez give it a rest.