Skip to comments.Aldi takes 'Australia Est 1788' T-shirts off shelves after racism complaints
Posted on 01/08/2014 5:24:22 PM PST by Impala64ssa
...Supermarket chain says decision to remove the design followed tweets 'by a limited number of concerned customers'
Aldi has removed T-shirts from its Australia Day range after the supermarket chain was accused of racism.
Aldi advertised shirts which said Australia Est 1788 to go on sale as part of its Australia Day range.
The shirts drew criticism on Twitter where the supermarket was accused of racism for seeming to say Australia was only established after it was colonised in 1788, despite the existence of an Indigenous population before then.
In a statement Aldi Australia said it had decided to remove the T-shirts from retail and they would not go on sale on Saturday as planned.
The decision to remove the Australia Est 1788 design from the range was taken following comments by a limited number of concerned customers, the statement said.
Aldi Australia wants its customers to know it puts the community and their wishes first.
One Twitter user suggested the est be changed to invaded while others urged people to complain to Aldi directly.
The announcement was welcomed by some but angered others who did not believe the T-shirt was offensive.
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Lewis and Clark, et. al. et plenty of dog.
I don’t think it was called “Australia” before that
Someday someone will stand up to this and just say “Shut up, only a racist would even think of such a thing”
Wow. Instant collectors item. I wonder what they are going for on eBay?
I’d want one, except they’re ugly.
Did the indigenous people call it Australia? If not it would be no more racist than proclaiming the USA est. 1776. (Although I feel quite sure there are those who would call that racism as well) face it. They are going to call racism no matter what you do, so why let it bother you?
But Australia was established then. Before then, it wasn't Australia. It was a bunch of unaffiliated tribes, probably headhunters like the chaps next door in New Guinea, with names like Billabong and Didgeridoo.
Are the "more aboriginal than thou" whiners now claiming to be Australian? I'm so confused. I thought they rejected the European colonization and name because of their superior mud culture.
This is more like saying "America, est. 1492" (or 1607 or 1620).
As we see every Columbus Day or Thanksgiving, yes, there are people who would call that racist.
1776? Maybe we're headed to the point where that will be seen as racist as well, but we're not quite there yet.
Much like our own Indians, if the “indigenous population” had better border controls and a bigger defense budget they’d still be in charge!
If I remember right when the Wintered on or near the Pacific Coast, they had an unlimited supply of salmon but preferred dog meat.
Strikes me as strange but probably true.
Actually, Australia is Latin for "Southern" (Terra Australias Icognitio). It was referred as such by the Europeans as early as the 1400s.
Is it 1776 yet? Reds instead of Redcoats this time!
“The shirts drew criticism on Twitter where the supermarket was accused of racism for seeming to say Australia was only established after it was colonised in 1788, despite the existence of an Indigenous population before then.”
Sorry, Society for the Perpetually Offended, it wasn’t Australia before 1788. Maybe it was the “Land of an Indigenous Population Living in the Stone Age Who Would Later Scream Racism” before 1788, but it was not Australia.
For a country founded by a buncha crooks, they did well until they let the Muzzies in.
As an Australian I don’t really count Captain Cook arriving as the establishment of the nation. A far better date at least in terms of political union of the nation is January 1st 1901 (the first day of the twentieth century).
Does that also mean that Aldi will take down any American flag? After all, we claim we were established in 1776, but according to Aldi’s thought process, that is patently false.
Before 1776 we, too, were a collection of colonies and a large unhappy native population.
What flag will Aldi fly next week, if any.
The reality is virtually EVERY country in this world was one known by another name.
I have a dream. I dream of a time when we can get back to history being written by the winners instead of it being re-written by a bunch of losers...
"A limited number of concerned customers", eh? So all it takes is a few strongly worded emails from some irate liberals, and the board of directors of Aldi's rolls over.
This is a prime example of yet another major retailer who doesn't 'get it'. I have no doubt that their bottom line will be hurt by such an ignorant, politically correct decision.
Man, I've completely had it with tie dyed liberals celebrating all things backward and primitive. If they really believe those cultures are so superior to their own, let them put their money where their big fat mouths are, and go live there.
Roger that. I’ve had it up to —> <— here with the whole “myth of the noble savage” milieu. I don’t know much about Australian aborigines but I’m betting they were largely similar to their American counterparts. Yeah, yeah, proud sacred traditions... Yadda yadda... Enough.
Time to face the fact that these indigenous people were a small, Stone Age bunch of barbarously warring tribes. Far from living in “harmony” with nature... There just weren’t enough of them to permanently damage an area before they moved on and depleted the next place. Life was, as they say: primitive, brutish and short. Theirs was a declining future. Far from any advancements of civilization they didn’t even have that most basic building block of success: a written language. An oral tradition seems romantic to phony college professors and hippies but it dooms a people to a desperate existence and denies them any real inter-generational knowledge transfer. Far from any lies about blankets they were already being wiped out by disease well before Europeans arrived.
Plenty of injustices were done to them. That’s true. So what? History is replete with unfairness the world over. There is no point and nothing gained by carrying any sense of guilt or tendering any apology some hundreds of years in the future. It’s the story of the planet. Get over it.
“From the same company that sold horsemeat-tainted meat in the US.”
Just cooked up some mozzarella-stuffed meatballs from Aldi yesterday. If they had horsemeat in em, then I guess horsemeat is delicious :)
Why are normal people afraid of a bunch of purse-carrying wimps?
“Far from any lies about blankets they were already being wiped out by disease well before Europeans arrived.”
Well, the big decimation occurred before Europeans came to North America, but not before European contact. The Spanish had already given them smallpox and other diseases, and it spread throughout both continents rapidly, so that North America was mostly depopulated when Europeans got around to settling it.
If it wasn’t smallpox it would’ve taken even larger quantities of marvels like whiskey, gunpowder, and lead shot. The result would’ve been about the same.
Because the Abos built such magnificent cities and buildings before the convicts got there. (snicker)
who said the shirts were ugly?
Perhaps if they’d invented the wheel or a written language, they might be in the lead today.
The next thing you know the aborigines will say that the name, “Australia” is racist and needs to be removed much the way sports team names are changed here.
A world chock full of crybabies.... where to turn?
Yes, and in 1787 there wouldn’t have even been one word for the entire island continent that was understood throughout it.
Yeah. After all, Australia means "southern land." South of whatcolonialist Europe, man? Obviously ray-ciss, since the Abos' lawyers will tell you, I'm sure, that West Didgeridoo is the center of the world and universe. The head-hunting gods told us so.
I'm making this up, but I'll read it on Drudge tomorrow, won't I?
The “checkmate” question for these anti-colonial types -
was the standard of living better while these countries were colonized, or worse than before they were colonized?
About $20 on ePay.
hmm. As an Australian I would have thought you would know that Captain Cook had been dead for almost a decade in 1788.
yes my mistake.....so first fleet landing rather