For most Americans, St. Patrick's Day is a day for getting blackout drunk and telling everyone exactly what percentage Irish you are.
Amazon has come under fire for selling apparel for St. Patrick’s Day featuring the slogan “Drunk Lives Matter.” The t-shirt references the anti-racism movement that started in 2012, following the acquittal of George Zimmerman, who shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin. Black Lives Matter was founded by three community organizers: Alicia Garza, Patrisse Cullors, and Opal Tometi, to organize and raise awareness for racism and structural inequalities.
The Amazon page has since been bombarded with negative reviews calling the shirt "racist."
"This shirt is racist and bigoted," one review reads. "It belittles two ethnic groups, the Irish and Blacks. It also makes fun of a disability called alcoholism. I am disgusted that Amazon carries such a product. Shame on you, Amazon!”
"This is highly offensive. Way to attack two groups of people. First it makes fun of the movement against police killing African Americans, and secondly it highlights a stereotype of Irish people. This deserves 0 stars."
Twitter users also found the shirt offensive.
The fact that people are walking around today with "Drunk Lives Matter" tshirts is disgusting & utterly offensive to everyone.— Erica (@Itsericalee) March 17, 2017
If I see someone with a "drunk lives matter" tshirt today, I'm swinging— tvd fan account (@AidaK_) March 17, 2017
Some white prick is wearing a shirt that says "drunk lives matter" and he better steer clear the fk away from me— 480ftTallNaziPuncher (@RynnyRyn) March 17, 2017
Walking to work today and OF COURSE I see a male wearing a "Drunk Lives Matter" shirt in celebration of St. Patrick's Day— CC (@cxmartini) March 17, 2017
If I go to jail today, just know that it was for murdering a guy who was wearing a "drunk lives matter" shirt— Chris Steffen (@ChrisSteffen) March 17, 2017
I'm sitting across from some douche wearing a green Drunk Lives Matter hoodie. Is this real life?— Iván BlackNBlue (@DMSXEDGE) March 17, 2017
why in the honest Fuck did I just see a "drunk lives matter" t shirt— lauren (@laurensmitty10) March 16, 2017
People have good reason to be offended by this shirt, arguing that it trivializes the lived experienced of black Americans and systems of inequality. That said, others will find humor in it and stay clear of the political implications of the slogan. What do you think? Will you be wearing one with a similar phrase tonight?