Postapoo have withdrawn their racist advert inviting people to send a plastic poo to their least favourite Englishman for St Georges Day.
PostaPoo.com Campaign Withdrawal and Apology
Issued 03 April 2007, 2145GMT
We at Postapoo.com would like to offer our sincere apologies for the offence that was caused as a result of the recent “Send your favourite Englishman a Poo” campaign.
At no stage was this campaign racially motivated – we are sorry that a number of English people saw it as such. The campaign was just one of a series that coincide with Saints’ days – previous campaigns have been run for both St. Patrick and St. Andrew, amongst others. St. George’s time had simply come.
Again, sincere apologies to those people that felt PostaPoo.com intended to incite racial hatred – this was certainly not the case, and we apologise for the hurt caused. We hope that we can put this unsavoury incident behind us, so we can all move on with our lives.
I’ve not been able to find any mention of previous campaigns anywhere on Google but that’s not to say they don’t. Their campaign would have been fine if it had just encouraged people to send a poo for St Georges Day – why does it have to target English people specifically? If it had said “Send a poo to your least favourite black person on the anniversary of the abolition of slavery” then nobody would have questioned its legality and, lets be realistic here, they would never have contemplated putting it on their website. If they’d said “Celebrate the St Georges Day by sending a poo to someone deserving” who could have complained? They’re not targetting English people specifically for random, unprovoked and unsolicited acts of racism.
Anyway, they’ve withdrawn the offending advert and that’s that. Hopefully it would discourage other companies from treating the English with the same level of contempt.