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Online Marketplace Sells Greeting Cards Mocking Rape Victims, Down Syndrome

January 3, 2011 by Brett Wilkins in Douche du Jour with 8 Comments

Etsy rape card

Our first Daily Douche of the new year is a real doozie. Etsy, an online marketplace for handmade and vintage items, is selling grossly offensive greeting cards made by someone with the user name “youstupidbitch.” The cards, which cost $2.50 each, poke fun at rape victims and people with Down Syndrome.

“Congratulations. You got bad touched!” reads the cover of the “congratulatory” rape card. There’s an image of a naked and traumatized woman cowering in a shower stall. Beneath the image of the card is this explanation:

“Get creeped on, go through a heavy pat down at the airport, go through a colonoscopy and embarrassed? Know someone that has? Then this card could be for them. Careful, people might not have the same sense of humor as you. You’re living on the edge giving this card. Be warned. Several thousand people sent me angry emails because of this.”

You don’t say?

Other greeting card from the same “youstupidbitch” poke fun at people with Down Syndrome. One, also a “congratulations” card, depicts a boy with the chromosomal condition declaring “I can count to potato.” Another card with the same theme reads “People with Down Syndrome are awesome but their parents are assholes.”

Etsy Down syndrome

According to the activist website change.org, Etsy’s official policy is to take no responsibility for the products sold on its site. Etsy’s official Terms of Use state that it  “has no control over the quality, safety, morality or legality of any aspect of the items listed.” However, in the list of prohibited items, Etsy says that it does not allow items that harass others or that are deemed obscene. Please join Moral Low Ground in signing the petition demanding Etsy to remove these disgusting cards from their website.

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8 Comments

  1. jenniferSJanuary 4, 2011 at 4:26 pmReply

    this pisses me off to no end. especially the aids and breast cancer ones. my mom died of breast cancer recently

    i googled and found their online (not etsy) website at http://www.youstupidbitch.com , they have even more highly offensive ones there.

    im enraged

  2. johnJanuary 6, 2011 at 5:46 amReply

    Perusing the cards at youstupidbitch.com, I must admit that they are crude and graphic, but most of them comment on the unfortunate decisions that people sometimes make in relationships and the attitudes and reactions that can result. I think that, albeit explicit, most of them are not offensive. (unless you have issues with cartoon nudity) However, the three that blatantly stand out are breast cancer, down syndrome and sexual assault cards. (I did not see one for AIDS, as jenniferS reports, perhaps I missed it) In my opinion, these cross a line and can only be seen as funny to the most immature and insensitive of the human species. If you have ever known anyone with down syndrome, or someone with breast cancer, or someone who has been assaulted, you could not find these topics open to humor. It is sad that we cannot expect people to have a bit a common sense and sensitivity in this world, but then again we cannot force their mouths closed either. In the silver lining of all this, it brings awareness of what is not acceptable. (however, such a site as the one we are on now, also brings further hits and traffic and publicity for their website…)

    • BrettJanuary 6, 2011 at 8:32 amReplyAuthor

      I considered your very valid point about giving this insensitive “youstupidbitch” free publicity, and I decided that it’s akin to covering a neo-Nazi parade… yes, coverage does provide free publicity. But for every one person who views it positively, another 10 are disgusted and more aware.

  3. AlexJanuary 13, 2011 at 1:06 pmReply

    These are epic! I’ve already ordered three sets of each to share with friends on their birthday’s and first borns. Thanks for sharing.

    • Moral Low GroundJanuary 13, 2011 at 1:27 pmReplyAuthor

      Epic indeed. Now you’ll just have to keep your fingers crossed and hope those first-borns are lucky enough to have Down Syndrome.

      • AlexJanuary 13, 2011 at 2:42 pmReply

        Only if I’m lucky, think about all the Tax breaks.

        • EmiJanuary 22, 2013 at 1:31 pmReply

          Wow. Practically speechless. You must be in your teens or twenties to be so flippant. And, FYI, there are no special tax breaks for having a chromosomal abnormality, but lots of passing of judgement from strangers and loved ones.

  4. Degenerate MonkeyMay 24, 2011 at 10:04 amReply

    Just happened by this post while a-googlin’. The most offensive part about it, in my opinion, is the part where you try to tell other people how to think.

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