November 10, 2006, - 12:51 pm

Wal-Mart & Neo-Nazis Respond on Nazi Skull Shirts

By Debbie Schlussel
Yet another example of how blogs make a difference, at least with Wal-Mart, NOT Neo-Nazis.
As we noted earlier today, Rick at Bent Corner noticed that Wal-Mart was selling a t-shirt featuring the Nazi SS Death’s Head Battalion skull. As we also noted, we doubt Wal-Mart knew that’s what it was, or the retailer wouldn’t have knowingly sold it.
Wal-Mart just confirmed that and informed us that they will remove the shirts immediately, but perhaps not in time for neo-Nazis who contacted us buy them up. Check out the two related e-mails below:


Nazi Death’s Head Battalion Emblem; Wal-Mart Skull T-Shirt

— Cal Penn wrote:
Date: Fri, 10 Nov 2006 09:13:33 -0800 (PST)
From: Cal Penn
Subject: Wal-Mart
Dear Debbie:
Thanks for the tip on the Nazi t-shirts. I’m heading to my local Wal-Mart and plan to buy the entire stock; they’re going to make awesome Hannukah gifts for my friends. I used to hate Wal-Mart but I’m so happy to hear they support nazi causes against you filthy hebes!!!!!!!!!


— “Manson, Marshall” wrote:
Subject: Statement from Wal-Mart
Date: Fri, 10 Nov 2006 11:53:51 -0500
From: “Manson, Marshall”
Good morning. My name is Marshall Manson. I work for Edelman doing online public affairs for Wal-Mart. I noticed your post about the t-shirts that Wal-Mart is selling. I wanted to make sure you saw the company’s statement about this and knew that Wal-Mart is now removing the t-shirts from its stores. Obviously, with a company as big as Wal-Mart, that may take a day or two.
The statement is just below. If you would like to discuss anything, feel free to respond to this e-mail.
Statement from Wal-Mart:
We were not aware of the origins of the image until this morning when we learned about it through the blog Bent Corner.
We are deeply sorry that this happened, and we are in the process of pulling all of these t-shirts from our stores.
Respect for the individual is a core value of our company and we would never have placed this t-shirt on our shelves had we known the origin and significance of this emblem.
We are reviewing our product review process in an effort to ensure this never happens again.

Tags: , , , , , ,

9 Responses

This kind of junk has been sold for decades without anyone noticing. Look at the popular Sean Stussy line of surfwear that used to have an “SS” logo. Punk kids, cowardly bikers, and just plain stupid wantabes eat this stuff up because they have no creative foundation of their own to draw upon. I blame the public more that the shirt makers. If the general public didn’t see it on the History Channel, then it didn’t happen.

code7 on November 10, 2006 at 2:11 pm

THEIR RESPONSE time was really good…they were right on top of it…yup, BLOGS as the NEW MEDIA work>

The Canadien on November 10, 2006 at 8:18 pm

Please do this hebe a favor and post more e-mails and the authors’ addresses!

Bob Sackamento on November 10, 2006 at 8:49 pm

…it is important to keep reminding us of that FRINGE CROWD of bigots like Cal Penn. They need to be repeatedly exposed with their “works” since they lack a certain amount of shame and a whole lot of humanity.

The Canadien on November 10, 2006 at 9:07 pm

I’m amazed that someone like Cal Penn would use what sound’s like his real name and get the attention of the FBI, etc.
Nice expose Debbie, keep up the good work!

hairymon on November 12, 2006 at 10:28 pm

I dunno….sounds like Cal Penn might be short for: “California Penitentiary”.

code7 on November 12, 2006 at 11:01 pm

Actually, Cal Penn, sounded familiar, so I put it through google. It turned up “Kal Penn”, an actor who debbie has an lampooned on this site, though I can’t recall why. Chances are it’s an angry fan or something.

FSM-FTW!(descent) on November 13, 2006 at 9:43 am

Debbie, great post, quite effective. It moved Wal-Mart to rectify their mistake, and exposed another Neo-Nazi Neanderthal.

Rocky on November 13, 2006 at 12:55 pm

It’s a very nice shirt I own one, and there is nothing wrong with the “Totenkopf Division” they were soldier like all others.
You guys are always mixing up the “SS” and the “Waffen SS”.
So before putting comments, and also to you debbie, you should first see and understand the difference.

Kind Regards


Sid on February 13, 2010 at 11:15 am

Leave a Reply

* denotes required field