Oh, what's that? It's not even been a month?
Well fuckdamn, look what's on Chargrilled T-shirts' website!
In case you can't see that, or just don't believe your eyes (I didn't) then yes, that IS a t-shirt saying 'No + Rohypnol = Yes'. Charming, right? I bet ALL the cool guys want that t-shirt. I bet he's beating the women off with a shitty stick. Or not. Doesn't matter, he'll just do all the raping he wants instead!
So, now I want you all to go complain. Very noisily.
Their contact details are here. I've sent them an email and eagerly anticipate their offices opening back up again on Monday morning so I can shout at someone in person.
Here's the email I sent. Feel free to use/adapt:
The PDF I attached, from the Fawcett Society, can be found here. It has lots of stats about the prevalence of rape, rape conviction rates and attitudes towards rape, and lots of lovely citations.
"To all those men who don't think the rape jokes are a problem:
Go forth and shout.
I received the copy and pasted email 'apology' from Chargrilled (see comments for full text) and note a few others have. Here's my response to them:
If anyone wants to C&P that and forward it, please do. Hopefully they'll appreciate the irony.
In addition to emailing Chargrilled yesterday, I phoned their press office about Charlie Shiner's tweets. They didn't sound impressed at all - the woman I spoke to took my details and said she'd speak to the managing director. I haven't heard anything yet, but his Twitter account was deleted pretty much immediately. What a shame that we got screengrabs.
Also, doing a bit more digging* reveals that these weren't the only rape advocating t-shirts:
Those links lead to "sorry, this product is no longer available" messages, but the '9/10 people enjoy gang rape' t-shirt is still available on their Amazon store, where it's been since 2010 - rather blowing their "rogue designer" story out of the water.
(*Googling 'Chargrilled tshirts rape'. I'm the second result!)