Cocaine and Christmas aren’t a familiar combination for most families, but the duo appear to have what it takes to make a holiday bestseller.
A Christmas jumper depicting Santa Claus preparing to do three lines of what looks like cocaine above the phrase “let it snow” has become a bestseller on Amazon after being banned by one outlet in Canada.
Walmart Canada apologised and said it was removing the cocaine-crazed snowman from its website after users began posting on social media about the product description’s claim that “the best snow comes straight from South America”.
“These sweaters, sold by a third-party seller on Walmart.ca, do not represent Walmart’s values and have no place on our website,” Walmart told Canadian media.
However, Amazon, unfazed by the Walmart scandal, is sticking by its new number-one in the women’s novelty sweatshirts category, which it touts as being “perfect for cosy days with your family”.
The jumper is just one of several cocaine-related Christmas jumpers available on Amazon, alongside several other saucy holiday sweaters. After years of wholesome Christmas jumpers, consumers appear ready to spice up their Yuletide fashion.
The cocaine snowman sweater isn’t even the first piece of offensive Christmas paraphernalia to be banned this year. Earlier in December, Amazon removed Auschwitz-themed Christmas decorations from its website following a complaint from the organisation that runs the memorial for the World War II Nazi death camp.
The platform had been selling hanging star- and bell-shaped porcelain ornaments featuring images of the camp, where it is estimated that more than 1 million people, most of them Jews, were murdered.