Eeny meeny wrong
Even if you don't mention the African American's toe
JEFFREY Dean Morgan isn’t very impressed with Primark’s decision to pull a T-shirt from their Walking Dead merchandise collection.
The actor, who played the murderous Negan on cult zombie show The Walking Dead, tweeted his rage after a T-shirt stocked at international clothing store Primark was discontinued.
The shirt in question featured a bloodied baseball bat with the words “Eeny, meeny, miny, moe” in reference to what Negan says before killing his victims with his bat.
The phrase is taken from a children’s rhyme that goes: “Eeny, meeny, miny, moe, Catch a tiger by the toe.” However, the reference sparked the boycott because the original rhyme, which dates back to before 1820, used a derogatory slur in place of “tiger”.
Ian Lucraft, a shopper in Sheffield, UK was so offended by the T-shirt he complained directly to Primark’s Chief Executive Paul Marchant.
“We were shocked when we came face-to-face with a new T-shirt with a racially explicit graphic and text,” he told Sheffield News.
Lucraft, who is a Methodist minister in the area, said the shirt brings the racist history of the rhyme to mind, even if it doesn’t intend to.