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Amazon Canada Gets Called Out for Offensive Doormats by Indian Minister

Posted on January 12, 2017

CityMash.com - On January 11th, 2017 India’s external affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, took to Twitter to give Amazon a serious piece of her mind regarding an offensive product being sold by a third-party retailer.

Sushma Swaraj was made aware that Amazon was selling doormats depicting the Indian flag.

Swaraj believed the product to be a massive insult to the nation’s flag and as requested above by the Twitter user, she immediately took action. She tweeted to the Indian High Commission in Canada deeming the product unacceptable and requesting it be taken up with Amazon in a big way.

Her next move was to demand the product (and any other insulting products of this nature) be immediately removed, along with an “unconditional apology” from Amazon.

She then went on to tweet a threat to all Amazon officials stating that they will not be granted Indian visas if her demands are not met, and those who have been granted visas will have them revoked.

So, what was Amazon’s response? A spokesman for Amazon Canada issued a statement to CBC news which plainly slated: “the item is no longer for sale on the site.”

Sushma Swaraj certainly wasted no time standing up for her nation and getting results. It goes to show, if you need something done, social media can be a valuable tool!

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Written by Britanny Burr
Britanny is a Freelance Writer and Editor with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She grew up in the Rocky Mountains and is currently dwelling in Vancouver. She loves pool parties (though they are few and far between because she lives in Canada), hairless cats (though she hasn't yet met one in real life), and people who make her laugh. You can find her dancing, reading, drinking coffee or wine (dependent on the time of day), and watching Boy Meets World re-runs. @britburr More articles by Britanny Burr

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