Groupon is the latest company in hot water over insensitive language found on its site. Some customers are outraged over pair of women’s boots available in “Ni**er Brown,” and are prepared to boycott.
The boots in question are fringed suede moccasins, and screenshots of the offensively named footwear have gone viral.
A spokesperson for Groupon released this statement:
“We are appalled that this language was displayed on our site. This product description was provided by a third-party seller via our self-service platform. Regardless, 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.”
The apology isn’t enough for some: TMZ reports several customers are still determined to boycott the popular discount site for the gross oversight.
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.