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River Island Removes Sexist "Anti-Nag Gag" After Backlash On Twitter

Twitter was not impressed by the online shops' novelty "domestic" item.

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It came to Twitter's attention today that online retail shop River Island was selling a novelty item called "The Domestic Anti Nag Gag", which features a tiny, foam football to "gag" your (presumably) female partner with.

Sexist & misogynistic products being sold online & in store by @riverisland. Vile, disappointing stuff @RiverIslandPR

NiamhNic@NiamhNic

Sexist & misogynistic products being sold online & in store by @riverisland. Vile, disappointing stuff @RiverIslandPR

04:37 AM - 6 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Needless to say, the majority of Twitter users were not impressed.

Hey @riverisland. Why are you selling this please? http://t.co/zrjEq2zC1C.

Sali Hughes@salihughes

Hey @riverisland. Why are you selling this please? http://t.co/zrjEq2zC1C.

05:47 AM - 6 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Seriously, what is going on with all the "novelty" things from River Island... I am genuinely baffled....

Amy Barden@AmyBarden

Seriously, what is going on with all the "novelty" things from River Island... I am genuinely baffled....

07:39 AM - 6 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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Seriously @riverisland what were you thinking!? How could you even let this in your stores?! #everydaysexism #notfunny

Laura Nolan@LJNolan83

Seriously @riverisland what were you thinking!? How could you even let this in your stores?! #everydaysexism #notfunny

08:21 AM - 6 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

(Although, this being the internet, some people didn't quite see why it was so bad...)

A peek at @salihughes' timeline reveals the kind of depressing, knuckle-dragging thickos who think that River Island gag thing is OK. Jeez

Michael Hogan@michaelhogan

A peek at @salihughes' timeline reveals the kind of depressing, knuckle-dragging thickos who think that River Island gag thing is OK. Jeez

07:46 AM - 6 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Be proud of your supporters, River Island. RT “@CfcRyanS: @ofbeingidleee @salihughes @riverisland Put my balls in your mouth instead xxxx”

Sali Hughes@salihughes

Be proud of your supporters, River Island. RT “@CfcRyanS: @ofbeingidleee @salihughes @riverisland Put my balls in your mouth instead xxxx”

07:29 AM - 6 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

There are some women who are asking; "oh why are people offended?" by the River Island item. As if they need to be told. Uneducated twits.

Nat@Liverbird_3

There are some women who are asking; "oh why are people offended?" by the River Island item. As if they need to be told. Uneducated twits.

08:51 AM - 6 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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And released a statement, saying they were sorry to hear the item upset people.

We are sorry to hear that one of our novelty gifts has caused upset to our customers. We have now removed this item from the site.

River Island@riverisland

We are sorry to hear that one of our novelty gifts has caused upset to our customers. We have now removed this item from the site.

06:43 AM - 6 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Which wasn't exactly the response many were looking for.

'We're sorry one of our novelty gifts caused upset' isn't an apology. Try 'We're sorry we stocked a disgusting novelty gift' @riverisland

Lynn Schreiber@LynnCSchreiber

'We're sorry one of our novelty gifts caused upset' isn't an apology.

Try 'We're sorry we stocked a disgusting novelty gift' @riverisland

07:37 AM - 6 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

@LynnCSchreiber @riverisland oh god. 'Sorry you feel that way' is the worst kind of non-apology.

Rachel Tripp@rectripp

@LynnCSchreiber @riverisland oh god. 'Sorry you feel that way' is the worst kind of non-apology.

08:09 AM - 6 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Well done @riverisland, this is the kind of attitude your "novelty" item enables. And another pathetic non-apology.

Mr Wood@woodo79

Well done @riverisland, this is the kind of attitude your "novelty" item enables. And another pathetic non-apology.

08:00 AM - 6 May 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

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