Big W joins Aldi in axing 'racist' Australia Day t-shirts
BIG W has become the second major retailer to withdraw Australia Day t-shirts from sale after some people deemed them "racist".
Supermarket chain ALDI announced on Wednesday it would remove a range of t-shirt designs after copping a backlash over its Australia Day range advertised in its latest catalogue and online.
Users on social media called for shirts that have text "Australia est. 1788", to be pulled from stores after deeming it profoundly racist.
Big W followed Aldi's lead today but did not issue a statement on the decision.
A Big W spokesperson said their would be no comment on the move, other than to say the t-shirts were withdrawn from sale.
Aldi released a statement on Wednesday saying it had decided to remove the t-shirts from its shelves.
"Aldi Australia wants its customers to know it puts the community and their wishes first," the statement said.
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"ALDI Australia has decided to remove one of its Australia Day special buy products, the adults' Australia Day t-shirt and singlet from retail.
"The decision to remove the Australia Est. 1788 design from the range was taken following comments by a limited number of concerned customers."