Oct 14 2014
91% of readers of the Daily Telegraph don’t think so, but Woolworth’s removed the shirt from its stores anyway, no doubt because Leftists and Muslims might find it offensive.
You can buy this shirt online here: Australian Native
Daily Telegraph (h/t Marina) NINETY-ONE per cent of Daily Telegraph readers have condemned a social media campaign to drive patriotic shirts out of Woolworths. In a poll conducted on The Daily Telegraph’s website, the overwhelming majority of 2400 readers voted that the singlet tops were not racist.
The backlash against Woolworths over the “accidental” stocking of the shirt promoting Australia has been described as “hypocritical” by a government MP. The supplier of the T-shirt — which sports the Australian flag and the words “If you don’t love it, leave” — also expressed concern over social media criticism of the shopping giant.
Only two Woolworths stores, in Cairns and Sydney, sold the T-shirts and all stock was removed on Monday.
Baulkham Hills MP David Elliott, parliamentary secretary to Premier Mike Baird, said he failed to see how the shirt could be labelled racist. “While I acknowledge that the statement is controversial (Why?), I doubt it deserves the level of condemnation that we have seen” Mr Elliott said. “I’d say the majority of Australians read it and say: ‘Yeah, if you don’t like it here you are free to leave’.’’
Neil Booth, the Sydney businessman who supplied the shirts to Woolworths, said: “My father fought for this country. We believe in freedom of speech and I don’t believe Love it or Leave is discriminatory.”