Amazon, the e-commerce giant that nearly everyone knows, is yet again facing flak from customers.
The hashtag 'BoycottAmazon' trended on Twitter after netizens spotted 'Hinduism-themed' toilet mats and rugs.
One of the first to spot and share this was a Twitter handle called 'HinduJagrutiOrg'. Many others on social media have since shared the pictures shared by the handle.
It must be added that these items seem to have been removed from the online marketplace. This publication was unable to find the products in question when perusing Amazon listings.
#BoycottAmazon @Amazon sells Shri Ganesha picture 'toilet mats' displaying on its website!— HinduJagrutiOrg (@HinduJagrutiOrg) January 11, 2020
We urge Pro-Hindus to protest lawfully against the shopping giant for hurting sentiments of A Billion Hindus worldwide & remove ithttps://t.co/z6Ce0XqH7q@mssirsa @amazonIN @AmazonHelp pic.twitter.com/Sj5vL2Nomz
The posts, of bath mats and toilet seat covers and so on that are purportedly being sold by Amazon have since been picked up my other social media users.
Naturally, the hashtag's usage has since deviated. now, one can find grievances that range from receiving a sheet of wood instead of the TV that was ordered, to a critique of the Bezos owned Washington Post.
Take a look at some of the posts:
Amazon insults Hindus by selling toilet seat covers and bathroom mats with Ganesha on it.— NaveenChandra (@nkumartweets) January 11, 2020
They are also using images of Buddha and Swarna Mandir (Golden Temple) on such mats, thereby hurting sentiments of Buddhists and Sikhs.#BoycottAmazon @amazonIN pic.twitter.com/OhC0gNn0h5
- Hindu Gods on Liquor— Dr. Gouri Shankar (@Gracious_Gouri) January 11, 2020
- Hindu Gods on footwear’s
- Hindu Gods on Leggings
- Hindu Gods on Doormats
- Hindu Gods in Toilets
Continued insult and disrespect to Hindu Gods & Hindu Religion !
मैट पर तस्वीर चाहे श्री हरमंदिर साहिब जी की हो या गणेश जी की; इन्हे बेचने वालो का मकसद एक है -भारतीयों की धार्मिक आस्था के साथ खिलवाड़@amazon @amazonIN को सख़्त शब्दों में चेतावनी - हमारे धर्मों की बेअदबी करने वाले सामान बेचना बंद करो और सामान बेचने वालों के खिलाफ कार्यवाही करो https://t.co/aWInvCorkR— Manjinder S Sirsa (@mssirsa) January 11, 2020
This is however not the first strange product that amazon has sold.
Remember the time the internet was outraged over the fact that an Amazon vendor was selling 'blood powder' to fake virginity?
Even as social media users sound the clarion call for Amazon's boycott, interestingly enough, many small and medium-sized enterprises are reportedly boycotting Jeff Bezos.
According to a Reuters report, Bezos is expected to participate in an Amazon event in New Delhi aimed at connecting with MSMEs. While details are not known, and neither Amazon not the government confirmed the same to Reuters, the Confederation of All India Traders reportedly plans to said it will protest across 300 cities during Bezos’ stay in the country.
The Confederation incidentally represents roughly 70 million brick-and-mortar retailers.