Back in August of 1995, a Walmart in Florida pulled an "offensive" shirt off the shelves after getting a complaint that the T-shirt didn't represent "family values." The shirt in question featured the character Margaret from Dennis the Menace and said "Someday a woman will be PRESIDENT!" Advert your eyes, offensive shirt below.
Now, almost exactly 21 years later, the democratic party has elected the first female ever to run on a major party ticket for the presidency. So HA.
According to an article run by the Associated Press entitled, "Wal-Mart Pulls 'Offensive' Shirt," the company stopped selling the shirts at the only store that had them after one customer complained. By the time the "offensive" apparel was removed from stores, they had already sold about two-thirds of their stock of 204 shirts.
"It was determined the T-shirt was offensive to some people, and so the decision was made to pull it from the sales floor," Jane Bockholt, Walmart spokeswoman said.
Ann Moliver Ruben, the 70-year-old psychologist who designed the shirt, said that after Walmart stopped selling her shirts, the case became a national controversy and she saw a huge influx of customers ordering directly from her. Eventually Walmart agreed to sell the T-shirt again after people started boycotting their stores.
So much has changed in 21 years. We don't even hyphenate Walmart anymore!
UPDATE 7/28/16 2:39pm: A spokesperson from Walmart has requested we provide this statement.
Wow, it still pains us that we made this mistake 20 years ago. We’re proud of the fact that our country – and our company – has made so much progress in advancing women in the workplace, and in society.