Vans, a well known American skateboard apparel company, appears to be in hot water over an offensive t-shirt it has since removed from its clothing line.
For their recent spring campaign, Vans released a mens t-shirt that shows a totem pole made entirely out of beer cans.
However, shortly after the shirt was made available, Canadians took to social media to voice their displeasure with the offensive shirt that blatantly promotes the “drunken Indian” stereotype.
One concerned individual, Chad Girardin, a Métis man from Vancouver, even went as far as launching a Change.org petition openly calling out the retailer and asking it to pull the “Wizard Totem” shirt from its clothing line.
“By creating this shirt Vans is stating that Natives culture revolves around alcohol and that all ‘Indians’ are drunks,“ the petition reads. The petition has received more than 17,000 signatures in just three short weeks.
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