Social media is still reeling from the controversial Christmas sweater Walmart pulled from shelves this week. The store was selling a blue sweatshirt with a cartoonish depiction of Santa Claus on it, sitting in front of a table with lines of cocaine in front of him, and the phrase "let it snow" underneath. While the sweater is no longer for sale, the jokes are still rolling in.
The "let it snow" sweater was available through Walmart's Canadian website. It was made by FUN Wear, a third-party seller that offered an apology. Some fans liked the joke, however, and did not see the need.
"Just when everyone thought that Baby Yoda was going to dominate holiday sales this year, Walmart scores this brilliant last minute touchdown," one person wrote.
"I want the Christmas sweater from Walmart where Santa at the table with the coke. that's the only one I’m wearing," added another.
"Was this apology necessary? Or a consequence of a needless taboo on recreational drug use?" wondered a third person. "Isn't this sweater just part of free speech? What do you think?"
Some users even shared pictures proudly showing that they had bought the sweater before it left the store, or else sending each other links for other places where it was still for sale. Meanwhile, a few people railed against the product.
"WOW! SHAME ON YOU WAL MART!" one person tweeted.
Those that liked the sweater thought this was a severe overreaction.
A lot of the outrage stemmed from the product's description, which was arguably even more suggestive than the sweater itself.
"We all know how snow works. It's white, powdery and the best snow comes straight from South America," it read. "That's bad news for jolly old St. Nick, who lives far away in the North Pole. That's why Santa really likes to savor the moment when he gets his hands on some quality, grade A, Colombian snow."0comments
Walmart issued an apology, along with another one from FUN Wear itself.
Yall. Look at this description for this Christmas sweater from Walmart pic.twitter.com/lBdmKQ1JoZ— Jason John (@HurrbaSousJohn) December 7, 2019
"These sweaters, sold by a third-party seller on Walmart.ca, do not represent Walmart’s values and have no place on our website," it read, according to a report by The Washington Post. "We apologize for any unintended offence this may have caused."