German retailer's 'Save a dog, Eat a Chinese' T-shirt sparks complaint from Chinese E


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German retailer's 'Save a dog, Eat a Chinese' T-shirt sparks complaint from Chinese Embassy
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
First posted: Friday, March 10, 2017 11:15 AM EST | Updated: Friday, March 10, 2017 11:30 AM EST
BERLIN — The Chinese Embassy in Berlin demanded Friday that a German online retailer stop selling a line of T-shirts with slogans it says are insulting to China.
The offerings from retailer Spreadshirt.de include T-shirts with slogans like “Save a dog, Eat a Chinese,” ”Save a shark, Eat a Chinese,“ and an image of two faux Chinese alphabet characters having sex, with the caption ”Now I understand Chinese.“
The embassy said in a statement that it has complained to the German government and is seeking an apology, an explanation and for the offending shirts to be pulled.
However, the head of the Leipzig-based company, Philip Rooke, said he planned to keep the disputed designs available for purchase.
Rooke said his company provides an “open platform” for people to create and share ideas on merchandise, and “in a few cases, some people may find a design controversial while others do not.”
“We do not judge or censor designs based on their phrasing, social or political leanings,” he said in a written statement.
Rooke added that he had “no intention of causing anyone offence.”
“I apologize to anyone who takes any offence from the two designs in question,” he said.
Despite a complaint from the Chinese Embassy in Berlin, a German online retailer says it will not pull its controversial T-shirts with slogans like "Save a dog, Eat a Chinese," from it's website. (Spreadshirt.de screengrab)

German retailer's 'Save a dog, Eat a Chinese' T-shirt sparks complaint from Chin
 
tay
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The shirt makes no sense. If you want to save a Dog and the insinuation is meant to be that Chinese eat Dogs then the shirt should say Save a Dog, Don't eat Chinese (food).....
 
Blackleaf
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Quote of the day:



"China... dreadful." - Karl Pilkington
 
Jinentonix
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Hmmm red or white wine with Chinese?
 
petros
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Chianti
 
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