Charlie - posted on 06/11/2011 ( 16 moms have responded )
A MELBOURNE-based company is selling baby and children's clothes featuring pictures of evil monsters such as Hitler, Osama bin Laden, Ivan Milat, Ted Bundy and Charles Manson.
The range of garments, in sizes from 000 rompers for three-month-old babies, to T-shirts for children up to 12, has sparked outrage.
The Ivan Milat baby romper also has the slogan "Australians Just Love Backpackers". Other T-shirts include the words "Free Ted Bundy" and "Ted Bundy is Innocent", and "Serial Killer in Training" alongside graphic images.
The Charles Manson T-shirt and romper has a picture of the serial killer with a swastika on his forehead.
Other shocking T-shirts feature:
DRUG images including a syringe and a spoon high-fiving each other with the slogan, "team work".
JULIA Gillard wearing a crown with the slogan "deliberately baron".
There is also an entire Nazi-inspired theme of garments with pictures of Adolf Hitler and pro-Nazi slogans and insignia including a child-like Hitler android.
Child Safety Commissioner Bernie Geary said he would be leading the charge to ensure the garments were not sold for children.
The founder and CEO of international artists' website redbubble.com said offending garments were removed once complaints had been received.
But last night there were still dozens of controversial garments for sale on the website, internationally recognised as a forum for aspiring artists.
The site, which has 3.5 million hits a month, has 150,000 contributing artists and is run from Flinders St, in Melbourne, and San Francisco.
The artists post their work on the site, which is not moderated. It offers automatic formats, including kids' and baby clothes.
The founder said his staff had removed many images in the past few weeks.
"It is par for the course that some offensive material may be put up, but it is removed immediately when drawn to our attention," he said.
Mr Geary said he was disgusted by the clothing.
"I think it's just pretty sad that people will stoop so low to try to make a quid."
He would look into what could be done to impose some sort of control over "retailing at this disgraceful level".
Julie Gale, founder of Kids Free 2B Kids, said the clothes were walking billboards for sick adult humour.
"These images do not belong on children," she said.
Do you think these should be banned ?