Is Walmart Racist?

f1_champ

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Note: The following paragraphs are a copy paste from another website, none of the views expressed are mine so donot flame me:) I thought it was an intresting read so I posted it here. If I was Black I would be offended by this

From the website---------
"This might be nothing, but it's pretty offensive. If you click on Planet of the Apes: The Complete TV Series on the Walmart website, the similar items include Dorothy Dandridge, Tina Turner and Martin Luther King. What do these items have to do with Planet of the Apes?

It's not surprising coming from a company that hates gays and sells guns! I hate them so much!"

UPDATE: Looks like those stupid people fixed things. But, seriously that was some hateful !

UPDATE II: Superview sent me a screengrab of what USED to be on Walmart's site.


UPDATE III - I received an e-mail from Walmart explaining themselves! Click on it to see bigger!
 

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fchamp, you have about 2 minutes to clean up your language in your post :mad:

And I believe you have your rules wrong ;)
 
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I don't think the story above proves racism in any way.

However, around here at least they tend to be racist in their hirings.

Just one of the many reasons I have resolved to never shop at Walmart again.

And the language could use a little scrubbing ;)
 

f1_champ

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AcaCandy said:
fchamp, you have about 2 minutes to clean up your language in your post :mad:

And I believe you have your rules wrong ;)
Sorry, as I said it was a copy-paste from another site. I'd clean it up.
 

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It is still YOUR responsibility to be sure that you aren't breaking any of OUR rules with a copy and paste from another site.

Thank you for your quick edit :)
 

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Marshalls e-mail seemed to explain the problem quite well IMO but I'm sure that it won't die there. There is just to many people in the US that won't let things let that rest. btw I didn't find it the least bit offensive and don't understand why anyone would.
 
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I think it is strange that typing in Planet of the Apes brings up only movies with black people. Sounds like it was on purpose to me.
 

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Wal-Mart Halts Movie Suggestions on Web
http://business.bostonherald.com/technologyNews/view.bg?articleid=120176
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is shutting down the system that creates movie recommendations on its shopping Web site after it linked a "Planet of the Apes" DVD to films about famous black Americans, including Martin Luther King Jr.

Wal-Mart said Thursday it had removed what it called the "offensive combinations" from a walmart.com page advertising a boxed DVD set, "Planet of the Apes: The Complete TV Series."

Under a "similar items" section, the DVD set’s page linked shoppers to four films about the lives of King, actress Dorothy Dandridge, boxer Jack Johnson and singer Tina Turner. Wal-Mart later altered the page to link with television show DVDs.
The world’s largest retailer said the software that generates links for shoppers from one movie to others of similar interest would be shut down. All cross references would be removed as soon as technically possible until the system can be fixed, Wal-Mart said.
Bill Wertz, a spokesman for the Bentonville, Ark.-based company, said it wasn’t yet clear how or when the technical problem arose. "We’re still looking into it," he said.
Wal-Mart moved swiftly after a link to the page for "Planet of the Apes" began circulating on the Internet.

"We are heartsick that this happened and are currently doing everything possible to correct the problem," Wal-Mart spokeswoman Mona Williams said in a statement.
"Walmart.com’s item mapping process does not work correctly and at this point is mapping seemingly random combinations of titles. We were horrified to discover that some hurtful and offensive combinations are being mapped together," she said, adding that the company was "deeply sorry that this happened."
"To further illustrate the bizarre nature of this technical issue, the site is also mapping movies such as ‘Home Alone’ and ‘Power Puff Girls’ to African-American-themed DVDs," Williams said.
A documentary about surfers, "Riding Giants," links to the same list of seemingly unrelated fantasy films as the King biopic, including "Polar Express" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."
Powerpuff Girls and Afro americans.... ROFLMAO
 

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