Walmart has never been known for being high-end. I mean, it’s the place you can walk around without a bra on and still somehow feel overdressed. You will most likely find a used condom on the ground at some point, and you can do nothing but laugh about the situation. However, even for Walmart, calling curvy customers “fat girls” isn’t exactly something people will accept.
Yeah, Walmart done fucked up.
It all came into focus this morning when a thrifty internet user was searching for a Halloween costume. Upon entering the site, she noticed something…bizarre. Instead of the usual “plus-size” section for the voluptuous ladies, there was a section called “Fat Girl Costumes.”
And as you can guess, folks didn’t take too kindly to it.
Twitter blew up as people got defensive over the name-calling. And what did Walmart do? Initially, it provided a generic “thanks for the suggestions” comment, which only made things hilariously worse. Bless your heart, Walmart.
And, like, I get it. I totally understand why people were mad. My great-grandmother once called me “plump,” and after that, I thought she was a total bitch. And being called “plump” is still better than being called “fat.” It’s shitty to go about your day and suddenly get thrown into the “fat girl” category, but if Walmart was going to do something horribly offensive in the name of humor, it should have made it a little more, you know, humorous:
• Costumes for Girls with Lovely Lady Lumps
• Fat-Bottom Girls Who Make The Rockin’ World Go ‘Round Costumes
• Costumes for Girls with More Cushion for the Pushin’
• Pleasantly Plump Girl Costumes
• Costumes for Girls Who Can’t Go Outside Because Their Milkshakes Brought All the Boys to the Yard
• Curvy Lady Costumes
• Costumes for Girls Who Can Relate to Marilyn Monroe Because She Was, Like, a Size 12
• Awesome Costumes for Girls Who Have Cleavage Everyone Else is Jealous Of
• Costumes for Girls Who Don’t Take the Bread off of the Sandwich and Just Eat the Meat Like a Fucking Animal
Walmart ultimately got its shit together and deleted the content before I ever got the chance to order my “Fat Girl Queen of Hearts” costume. Spokesperson Ravi Jariwala said that Walmart would ensure that “this never happens again,” but considering the fact that the tech guy who coded this is still, you know, a tech guy for Walmart, I have a feeling this isn’t the last time we’ll be offended by Walmart’s mere existence.
Boy, being a Target shopper has never made me feel so good. Or skinny..
[via Business Insider]