In a move that defines irony, retail giant Walmart has been caught selling knockoff prints on their website including a piece entitled “Destroy Capitalism” by UK-based graffiti artist Banksy. Another print by street artist Eddie Colla, which was apparently mistaken as a Banksy piece by Walmart, reads, “If you want to achieve greatness, stop asking for permission.”
The spokespeople from Walmart have been busy these last two weeks waging their Twitter war with Ashton Kutcher and replacing CEO and president, Mike Duke, following a bribery scandal — but they pulled themselves away from Tweeting long enough to issue a statement about the fake Banksy merchandise:
[box type=”shadow”]”These items are sold through our Marketplace third-party sellers Wayfair and PlumStruck. We’ve taken action to disable the one item in question by Callo (sic), and it will be unpublished later tonight around midnight PT.
We will also instruct Wayfair and Plumstruck to review their artwork to ensure the descriptions are accurate. They’ve provided great products and experiences to our customers and are contracted to comply with product copyright, safety, testing and certification requirements. We’ll work closely with them on the review.”[/box]
“Walmart is right up there with the biggest douchebags in the game.” said Colla and we agree. Colla has reportedly created a new print titled “It’s Only Stealing If You Get Caught” in retaliation for Walmart using his work to “appeal to a gullible consumer base.”
As of Wednesday evening the Banksy print was listed as “Out of Stock”.