River Island Removes Sexist “Anti-Nag Gag” After Backlash On Twitter

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Twitter was not impressed by the online shops’ novelty “domestic” item.

1. It came to Twitter’s attention today that online retail shop River Island was selling a novelty item called “The Domestic Anti Nag Gag”, which features a tiny, foam football to “gag” your (presumably) female partner with.

Sali Hughes @salihughes

Hey @riverisland. Why are you selling this please? http://t.co/zrjEq2zC1C.

Amy Barden @AmyBarden

Seriously, what is going on with all the “novelty” things from River Island… I am genuinely baffled….

Laura Nolan @LJNolan83

Seriously @riverisland what were you thinking!? How could you even let this in your stores?! #everydaysexism #notfunny

5. (Although, this being the internet, some people didn’t quite see why it was so bad…)

Michael Hogan @michaelhogan

A peek at @salihughes' timeline reveals the kind of depressing, knuckle-dragging thickos who think that River Island gag thing is OK. Jeez

Sali Hughes @salihughes

Be proud of your supporters, River Island. RT “@CfcRyanS: @ofbeingidleee @salihughes @riverisland Put my balls in your mouth instead xxxx”

Nat @Liverbird_3

There are some women who are asking; “oh why are people offended?” by the River Island item. As if they need to be told. Uneducated twits.

8. Hours into the outrage, River Island confirmed it would no longer be stocking the item.

Hours into the outrage, River Island confirmed it would no longer be stocking the item.

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9. And released a statement, saying they were sorry to hear the item upset people.

River Island @riverisland

We are sorry to hear that one of our novelty gifts has caused upset to our customers. We have now removed this item from the site.

10. Which wasn’t exactly the response many were looking for.

Lynn Schreiber @LynnCSchreiber

'We're sorry one of our novelty gifts caused upset' isn't an apology. Try 'We're sorry we stocked a disgusting novelty gift' @riverisland

Rachel Tripp @rectripp

@LynnCSchreiber @riverisland oh god. 'Sorry you feel that way' is the worst kind of non-apology.

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