On Thursday, reports began emerging that Amazon representatives allegedly told customers the company was instructed to remove the Confederate battle flag from its extensive line. But, Amazon told atombash.com in an email, that’s not the case.
“We can confirm that Amazon acted independently to remove confederate flag merchandise,” said Amazon spokesman Erik Fairleigh. Nevertheless, a video purporting to depict an actual service call to Amazon is making the rounds on social media sites and has been viewed over 25,000 times.
“Is this a political statement by Amazon.com or is this a directive that you’re following, that the government said you know we want you guys not to sell these anymore?” the caller asks in the video. “The government is not allowing us to sell this Confederate flag,” the alleged Amazon employee says in response.
Another piece of damning “evidence” is a picture that allegedly shows a live chat between a customer and an Amazon representative. According to the photo, a customer service agent named “Daniel V.” tells a customer: “Due to national controversy regarding the Confederate flag due to recent issues on national news, by federal law retailers have been instructed to remove the Confederate flag from sale.”
But it seems there’s plenty of room at Amazon for items covered in Nazi swastikas and Communist symbols. On Thursday, Newsbusters’ Katie Yoder said shoppers can find all kinds of offensive items, including “Swastika covers for Playstation 4, books denying the Holocaust and swastika-decorated knives and pendants.”
Fans of the former Soviet Union, she added, can find “hammer and sickle pins, aprons and baby bodysuits.” Shoppers can even find Satanic goat head pendants and ‘Hail Satan’ wristbands, she said.
Translation: Satan good, Confederate battle flag bad. The hypocrisy, as we reported earlier this week, is not limited to Amazon.
The popular auction site eBay, for example, also banned sales of the battle flag, but users found “Che Guevara” gear along with Nazi memorabilia. A painted German Nazi coin was just one item of many found on the site.
Apple has jumped on the bandwagon, pulling games that include the Confederate battle flag. According to MacRumors, the games include “Ultimate General: Gettysburg,” “1861 A Civil War Rebellion” and “Civil War Defense.” Games or apps that include the Nazi swastika, however, are still available.
“We have removed apps from the App Store that use the Confederate flag in offensive or mean-spirited ways, which is in violation of our guidelines,” Apple told BuzzFeed News. “We are not removing apps that display the Confederate flag for educational or historical uses.”