Hitler , Bin laden , Milat on your baby

Charlie - posted on 06/11/2011 ( 16 moms have responded )

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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.

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So nobody has actually ordered any of these shirts, right? It's just automatically generated t-shirts based on user-uploaded graphics. Unless someone orders one to be printed, these shirts don't even exist except in image form.

Dana - posted on 06/11/2011

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While I don't think they should be banned, that's pretty heinous. Unfortunately there are going to be people who think they're cool too. Which is rather disgusting.

Jodi - posted on 06/11/2011

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I saw these news articles this morning and nearly posted this. I'm with Erin, I don't think there is cause to BAN them, but I do think it is in totally poor taste for people to buy them. But if people didn't buy them, then the retailers wouldn't bother stocking them, would they? So obviously there is demand for them.

I am not totally against slogans for babies - I've had a few of the Monster Baby outfits over time for my kids, and they aren't exactly politically correct, but I do think these particular ones are over the top..

Erin - posted on 06/11/2011

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I don't care if they're banned or not, but anyone who buys them for their kids is a gronk. This is why I hate slogan clothes for babies :-/

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Amanda - posted on 06/13/2011

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This is a terrible shame. for crying out loud they are babies and should not have exposure to these things. All I can say is that the parents that actually buy this crap need some SERIOUS HELP!!!!!

Constance - posted on 06/12/2011

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In most cases people will be completely offended by this and won't even give it a second thought. Unfortunally we do have idiots that think this is cute. I say don't even give them the pleasure of knowing how disgusted we are. I mean hell id they want to free Ted Bundy then I would love to know how they are going to bring him back to life to give him freedom. Charles Mansion can't even speak to the public any longer so his cause is lost. Everytime somebody does something like this it is just to get a rize out of the general public.

Stifler's - posted on 06/11/2011

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I think the Gillard one should stay but the rest be banned. I went to school with Ivan Milat's nephew.

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For this website, they are going to face serious legal issues with the amount of problems this is causing. And the solution I can see happening is that when artists post something up for sale, they would have to have the artist himself choose what is 'appropriate' for each Tshirt, adult, children and baby style. Then, each shirt will have it's own rules and guidelines and childrens and baby stuff can be monitored more heavily, if they want.

Other than that, I don't think it should be banned. No. I'm too big on freedom being freedom. If we really wanted to ban inappropriate childs clothing, it would be such a hard thing to define what was inappropriate and what was that it's not worth going down that alley.

Common sense, do what you're comfortable with and well, the only issue I see is the website offering every artists design in baby stuff. They can fix that and put the blame on the artist for choosing 'baby' if it's offensive.

Mrs. - posted on 06/11/2011

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Okay if it is just an online gallery of t-shirts that could be...it could be termed as ironic art. Perhaps they are not meant to be worn, but to make a statement about society and how we raise our children. Maybe it is just a bunch of idiots who like to draw. Either way, there is a lot of art out there that lots of people dislike. If it is a hateful message that is one thing. However, I don't think art should be banned...even in its lowest form.

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I believe they sure can be banned for babys and children up to 12.There's a very good chance they will to.I feel personally.

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If not banned..people please, do not buy this shit..lol.

Becky - posted on 06/11/2011

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They should definitely be boycotted! "Serial killer in training" ????!!! I would have serious concerns about a parent who put their child in that! I have concerns about the minds of the people who come up with this shit too!

Amber - posted on 06/11/2011

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@Liz~ That was the way I understood it too. It's a forum where you can load your pictures/graphics, but anybody who visits the site can order prints in a multitude of ways if they like it.

I don't think it should be banned, but I can't imagine them selling more than a handful either. It's amazing how disgusting people can be :-(

Kate CP - posted on 06/11/2011

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Why would you make kids clothes like that? Why would you make adult clothes like that? Just seems stupid to me. :/

Alyssa - posted on 06/11/2011

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Banned or not....anyone who puts this on their child is a fucking idiot.

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