RED faces all round at Australia’s Kmart, where a photo printing machine disallowed the use of words like ‘God’, ‘church’, ‘Jesus’, ‘Jewish’ and ‘Bible.
A glitch in the system appears to have been discovered by customers Anthony Dorsett and his wife Marelynda who were stopped from captioning photographs with the words “church” and “Jesus”.
Dowsett said he was trying to print photographs for his church group. He said his wife was “offended” and:
She thought it was disgusting. She is not a snowflake or anything, she doesn’t get offended by much but this offended her.
An investigation that followed revealed a perceived bias. Words like “Islam”, “Allah”, “Koran” and “Muhammed” were all permissible, which barmy conspiracy theorists will no doubt see as an sneaky attempt to “Muslimise” Australia.
Kmart responded to the story by denying the ban was intentional. A spokeswoman said it was:
But Sunrise host Samantha Armytage, above, revealed that the word “Canadian” had also been banned, and called Kmart’s excuse “rubbish”. Her guest, social commentator Jane Caro, said Kmart should apologise.
A system error and it will be updated overnight. It in no way reflects our views as a business. At Kmart, we support diversity and inclusiveness irrespective of race, religion, age, gender, ethnicity, ability, appearance or attitude and we want our teams and stores to reflect the communities in which we operate.
They just need to say ‘Wow, stupid, sorry. We’ve fixed it. We didn’t mean to give anybody offence’.
Sky News panellist Daisy Cousens took it a step further, calling it:
A huge double standard. Sure, they’ve blamed it on a software error but isn’t that what you blame everything on when something goes wrong that’s somewhat controversial? This is just unbelievable.
How nice it would be if someone would fix the the bloody Disqus glitch that keeps shoving comments into this site’s moderation queue because of “restricted words” such as “dumb”, “gay”, “sex”, “Job”, “Allah”, “hell”, “stupid”, “monster”, “penetration” and “beer” to mention but a few. See “A note on Patheos Comment Policy.“