Walmart has issued an apology after it offered sweaters for sale depicting Santa Claus with what appears to be lines of cocaine in front of him along with the message “Let it snow.”
The sweater was reportedly sold online in Canada by a third-party vendor. Walmart said the item has been removed.
According to media reports, the product description said in part, “The best snow comes straight from South America,” and the listing also contained the message, “Santa really likes to savor the moment when he gets his hands on some quality, grade-A, Colombian snow.”
In a statement issued Monday, Walmart said: “These sweaters, sold by a third-party seller on Walmart.ca (our website in Canada), do not represent Walmart’s values and have no place on our website. We have removed these products from our marketplace. We apologize for any unintended offense this may have caused. These sweaters were not offered on Walmart.com in the U.S.”
The sweater image has become a viral sensation, with many messages containing the image circulating on social media.
The Washington Post, meanwhile, reported that a government agency in Colombia — the National Agency for the Legal Defense of the State — was threatening to sue Walmart over the sweater, for allegedly linking the country of Colombia with cocaine. The agency was preparing legal filings, according to media reports.
Agency director Camilo Gomez Alzate is quoted in the report saying: “The Walmart sweater is an offense to the country. It generates damage to the legal products of Colombia and damage to the country’s reputation. Although Walmart apologized, the damage was done.”
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Cocaine and Santa aren't usually associated with each other. But Walmart is apologizing for selling sweaters that show Santa Claus with lines of cocaine in front of him and the phrase "Let It Snow" https://t.co/FMmGFlruEc
— ABC7 Eyewitness News (@ABC7) December 9, 2019