It truly is amazing and eye opening when companies that are generating billions of dollars still find a way to make careless and simple mistakes that probably should been caught in companies as large as them. This time that company is Wal-Mart. It was reported that Wal-Mart was labeling certain Halloween costumes on their website as “Fat Girl Costumes,” which is obviously offensive.
On Oct. 21, Krystyn Washburn tweeted out the following at Wal-Mart: “Not sure labeling these as “Fat Girl Costumes” is the best approach #rude.” She also included a screenshot of the website page and a link to it. The company twitter responded on Twitter by saying, “Your comments and suggestions are important to us and help make Walmart even better. Thank you. —Nao.” However, nothing was done immediately to change the demeaning words. On Monday morning, Wal-Mart finally apologized and changed the name to “Plus Size.”
It’s definitely embarrassing and hurtful to think that Wal-Mart was actually contemplating not to change the name since nothing was done for an entire week. But I am more concerned about the fact that this was allowed to be posted at all in the first place. In today’s society where everyone is a lot more sensitive and aware about these issues, how did no one in the company see an issue with labeling costumes as “Fat Girl Costumes?” If I were Wal-Mart, I would definitely investigate this matter, and have serious consequences in place for whoever is responsible for this description being posted to the website and not getting noticed by someone within the company. Do you think someone should be fired?