Let me start by giving Cafe Press credit for actually responding to my email complaints. Also for temporarily suspending the sale of the wingnut merchandise that promotes the death of President Barack Obama.
But based on the email response (see below) that I received from Cafe Press, it sounds like they are not going to permanently block the sale of these inappropriate designs. And they will soon, if not already, be back on sale at Cafe Press.
Here’s a copy of the email I received from the Cafe press folks. They make a good case, but not good enough in my opinion:
Cafepress looks at content on a case by case basis, and makes decisions about what content is permissible based on our content usage policy.
Anti-presidential gear has been a mainstay at Cafepress since we were founded in 1999 and has become a key component of political discourse. Our site has become a cultural barometer of public opinion and as such designs often come into question. In managing our content we are trying to protect self expression, while making sure we are not advocating violence.
We initially pulled the Psalm 109:8 content from our products today because broader media dialog indicated that these designs potentially suggested violence towards the president. Based on current public discourse and further review of the actual content, we have determined that it is fair political commentary and we are in the process of reinstating this merchandise. As with all of our content, these designs will continue to be reviewed and if at any time their meaning is construed as advocating violence we will revisit our decision.
Obviously they can choose to sell whatever they damn well please. But I certainly won’t be buying anything else from them. Especially now that you can buy a PB t-shirt from Skreened that’s American made and all organic.
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