Amazon has once come under fire recently for hurting religious sentiments in the country. The company was found selling shoes, toilet covers with pictures of Hindu gods on it.
How can they simply offend communities like that? This is deemed contrary to the spirit of India’s culture and gods. This is not acceptable by any means and Amazon should apologise for hurting the sentiments of people in India.
After Amazon’s clueless act, #BoycottAmazon started trending on Twitter on May 16, 2019.
“I don’t know when these people will show respect for others. My India is a place of holy people but overseas there are some whose mentality is just making money and criticising others. “प्रभु उन्हें थोड़ी बुद्धि दें”. #BoycottAmazon,” one Twitter user wrote. AmazonInsultsHindu
“Am a fan of Amazon for how it revolutionised e-commerce in India, but disregarding religious sentiments for the sake of business is unacceptable! All responsible should be sacked and an apology tendered to all Hindus. Till such time no more Amazon for me. #BoycottAmazon,” another user expressed his opinion.
At times, the company wasn’t selling these things directly but it was the third party sellers who were doing everything behind the scenes.
It was only in January that Amazon was reportedly seen selling toilet seat covers and floor mats highlighting Islamic scripture. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a “civil rights and advocacy organization”, posted a statement asking “Amazon to remove a number of doormats and bath mats imprinted with Islamic calligraphy, references to the Prophet Muhammad and verses from the Quran, Islam’s holy text.”
After which, Amazon removed the items as the sentiments had been hurt.