Since Donald Trump's presidential campaign took off in 2015, we've all become familiar with the MAGA slogan and others created in imitation. Even two years later, there are still stores supplying merchandise with the signature Trump saying. Much to our dislike, stores in Canada have even been spotted taking part.
TL;DR Over the weekend Hudson's Bay accidentally stocked one of their Vancouver locations with "Make Canada Great Again" hats similar to those popularized by Donald Trump. Below are just some of the outraged tweets sent to the retailer by Canadians.
Vancouver residents were shocked on Saturday to find that Hudson's Bay, a store that we've definitely all shopped at before, had their very own line of "Make Canada Great Again" baseball caps and winter toques.
The Pacific Mall location quickly removed the products from the store after a series of hateful tweets targeted Hudson's Bay, but the damage was already done.
A Bay representative says that the hats were originally removed back in October, as Narcity reported, but were accidentally restocked at this location. Although The Bay promises they never meant to offend anyone, it's hard to believe they didn't see this coming.
Needless to say, not many Canadians were understanding of the incident:
Absolutely appalled these disgusting hats are again (or perhaps still) being sold at @hudsonsbay stores.— JessaMcLeanNDP (@JessaMcLeanNDP) December 19, 2018
This isn’t trendy, it’s hate speech.
You know what that message is and we are telling you it has no place anywhere. #BayBoycott pic.twitter.com/AfTg6ssy6k
Hudsons Bay hasn't been Canadian-owned for some time now, so it's not surprising that somebody in their US chain-of-command would think this was a neat ploy to part Canadians from their money. At least the colour black is appropriate- this is gallows humour.— Pat Lorje (@patlorje) December 19, 2018
Some called out the company for its American ties.
@hudsonsbay bay you must remove these despicable examples of right wing American facism if you expect Canadians to shop at your stores. Readers, please retweet if you agree and want to send The Bay a message. Please note I have corrected this link.— Patrick (@Haidian83) December 19, 2018
I don’t believe this. Nice try but there is zero chance that I’ll shopping at any of this company’s retail stores. Just do an Eatons or Sears and go away.— CDN Luna 🇨🇦 (@Cdn_Luna) December 19, 2018
It also looks like this isn't the first time the Hudson's Bay sourced their product designs from America...
I came across this last year, just looking for normal lamps. I also asked wtf they were thinking when I brought it to their attn. They did take it down pretty quick but really wtf?!— Caroline G (@CarolineMG26) December 19, 2018
Disappointed but somehow not surprised those hats have made another appearance😒. pic.twitter.com/E3dcmaavyo
Needless to say, using a slogan almost identical to that of Donald Trump will never sit right with Canadians.
NO!!!! NO! @hudsonsbay Are you completely tone deaf? Who approved this? You are importing & amplifying a reckless social movement of hatred, intolerance and incivility. Stop it. We are a nation of immigrants. No, it's not funny.— Jean Yoon (@jean_yoon) December 18, 2018
What in the hell are they thinking??— Brian Laufman (@blaufman) December 18, 2018
That hat is about the most unCanadian thing I’ve seen.
It’s shameful that it can be found in a store that was so integral to the founding of our nation. They should know better! 😡#NotMYCanada #HBC 🇨🇦
The responses are harsh, to say the least.
I refuse to believe what I am seeing. Shame @hudsonsbay SHAME— Maddie Bemrose (@maddiebemrose) December 19, 2018
Disgusting. Bo more shopping from Hudson’s Bay for this family! Shameful! https://t.co/HVYgm15GeK— 🇨🇦 Leslie-Anne 🇨🇦 (@ProudGrannyCdn) December 18, 2018
I thought they agreed to take this off their shelves. If they are back there will be no Christmas or after Christmas shopping @hudsonsbay— moe hughes (@onloyalist) December 19, 2018
Wow, @hudsonsbay. Right before Christmas? While the U.S. has concentration camps full of migrant children and polls show across Canada a huge majority despise Trump? You think this is the right time (FYI, there is no right time) to market to White supremacists?— Kristin Whiteley (@causalitybrunch) December 19, 2018
Twitter was furious.
We can only hope that Hudson's Bay listens to its audience in the future. Otherwise, they might become the most boycotted retailer in the country.