Controversial shirt sold in So. Fla. stores

September 13th, 2010 by Staff

SOUTH MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) — Residents expressed anger over a controversial T-shirt concerning illegal immigration that was being sold at several South Florida stores.

The T-shirt reads: “Illegal immigrants are like sperm. Millions come in but only one little b—— actually works.”

“This is, to me, very racist, and to say that millions come here and only one, I won’t say the word, only one comes to work, it’s very hateful,” said 22-year-old Mexican-American Fernando Rangel, who was deeply offended by the shirt.

Rangel called 7News after he found the controversial T-shirt for sale inside the Spencer’s in Southland Mall. According to Rangel, the shirt is shocking and unpatriotic. “Very un-American. It’s just not something that I would personally wear or any of my friends would personally wear,” he said.

“I don’t like that. It’s very offensive,” one woman agreed.

Another woman said, “That’s, like, really sad. I would never buy that shirt. No one should ever buy that shirt.”

However, some residents felt that the shirt should continue to be sold. Terry Marquetti said, “We have freedom of speech. Absolutely. I mean, whoever wants to purchase the shirt, that’s up to them. We have freedom of speech. That’s what America’s all about.”

The shirt was also sold in California and Maine; residents complained and considered the T-shirt to be degrading. In August, Kevin Mahoney of Spencer’s told a FOX affiliate in Maine, “The shirt was not directed at any group. We meant the shirt to be funny and topical, but because so many find this shirt offensive, we’ve decided to pull it from the shelves.”

The shirt is still being sold at the Spencer’s stores in the following South Florida malls: Southland Mall, Dolphin Mall, Pembroke Lakes Mall and Sawgrass Mills. Rangel said, “My suggestion to them is to take it off the shelves. Take it off the shelves, and take it off permanently.”


One Response

  1. Matt Miller

    This isn’t racist because “illegal” isn’t a race!

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