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Recently, a young woman saw a sweater for sale at Target that said “OCD: Obsessive Christmas Disorder.” So naturally, she was offended by it.
The young woman snapped a photo of the sweater and posted it to social media, expressing her disbelief that any retailer would sell such a thing. She also called on Target to stop selling the shirt.
Target has since responded to the young woman’s concerns. A representative for the retailer said, “We never want to offend our guests and apologize for any discomfort this might have caused. We currently do not have plans to remove this sweater from our stores.”
So, should Target continue selling the sweater?
On the one hand, it could be argued that the sweater is offensive and that Target should not sell it. After all, OCD is a severe mental illness that should not be joked about.
On the other hand, some people might say that the young woman is overreacting and that Target should not cave to her demands. After all, the sweater is just a joke, and it’s not like Target is promoting OCD.
Reign Murphy was shopping at her local Target store when she came across the sweater which featured the words “Deeply offensive” in large letters.
Murphy was so offended by the sweater that she snapped a photo and posted it to her Twitter account, where it quickly went viral.
Target has since responded to the outcry, saying that the sweater was “intended to be humorous” and that people should “get over it.”
Target responded to the criticism in a statement, saying that the sweater was meant to be “light-hearted and fun” and that those who are offended by it should “get over it.”
This is not the first time that Target has come under fire for selling offensive merchandise. In 2016, the retailer was criticized for selling a shirt that read “Baby Daddy,” and in 2017, it was forced to pull a shirt that said “Trophy” from its shelves after complaints that it was misogynistic.
Target has not said if it plans to pull the OCD sweater from its stores or website.
The sweater, which features the phrase “Obsessive Christmas Disorder” and a picture of a woman surrounded by gifts, was spotted by someone with OCD who took to social media to voice their displeasure.
Target responded to the criticism by saying that the sweater is meant to be “fun and festive,” and that people should “get over it.”
One twitter user mirrored this sentiment: “As someone with OCD, I can say that Target’s “offensive” sweater doesn’t bother me one bit. In fact, I think it’s pretty darn cute!
“Some people might see the word “OCD” and automatically think of a mental disorder, but that’s not what this sweater is celebrating. Instead, it’s simply referencing the popular cleaning product called “Mr. Clean.”
“So, if you’re looking for a gift for the OCD person in your life, this sweater from Target might just be perfect!”
The retailer has come under fire in the past for other holiday sweaters, including one that featured Santa with what appeared to be cocaine and another that showed a reindeer with an erection.