Customers are leaving Groupon after a third-party vendor was caught on the discount online marketplace selling winter boots with help of a racial slur.
Screenshots from outraged customers began to surface online Wednesday, showing a listing for Women’s Fringed Suede Moccasin Boots with the color described as “Ni*ger Brown.” The offending shoes have since been removed from the site, though the Daily Beast reports that they were still available for purchase as recently as this month.
“We are appalled that this language was displayed on our site,” Groupon’s VP of Global Communications said in a statement. “This is completely unacceptable and violates our policies — to say nothing of our values. When made aware of the issue, we immediately removed the deal — as well as the third-party seller — from our marketplace. Language like this has no place on Groupon, and we’re further strengthening our self-service controls to ensure it doesn’t happen again.”
Despite the apology, many customers took to Twitter to call out the company. See the tweets below.
Actress Tiffany Haddish recently became a spokesperson for Groupon. She has yet to comment on the n-word controversy.
Institutional racism is alive & well, they all do it, openly or in a surreptitious manner. Case & point: @Groupon Remember H&M @hm , America strives on Racism, remember slavery, remember the Native Americans. Are we in 2018? pic.twitter.com/72c9Dvf62M
— Keep Them Honest (@KeepThemHonestx) March 28, 2018
Groupon done fucked up on that one
— Just Sugar (@Missladie1978) March 28, 2018
— 🧚🏽♂️ EDM3 🧚🏽♂️ (@Deeyaloo) March 28, 2018
Omg horribly racist. Deleting my Groupon app immediately. Never again.
— Robert Pego Jr. (@RobertPegoJr) March 28, 2018