This St. Patrick's Day Shirt Is Unbelievably Insensitive

Everybody loves a fun St. Patrick’s Day-themed shirt to celebrate the luck of the Irish, but there definitely needs to be a line drawn at certain points for this type of clothing. Exhibit A: this shirt reading “Drunk Lives Matter” in the same font the Black Lives Matter movement uses for its products. Um excuse me, what?

Refinery29 reports that the shirt is also being sold via Amazon, where users are livid about the shirt’s faux pas. “As an African American I CAN NOT give this any stars but I’m forced to give it one!” one user commented. “You are selling shirts that make fun of a slogan that has come out of the brutal killings of an entire race of people!”

This tone-deaf message has understandably angered many because of its disregard for the work and legacy of Black Lives Matters activists. The shirt trivializes the lives of innocent people killed simply because of the color of their skin. It makes a joke both out of very serious racial issues, and out of binge-drinking, neither of which are laughing matters. Although it's fine to get a little fun and merry if you're 21+ on St. Patty's, you should always be mindful of the message you're putting out.

We're all about having some fun on St. Paddy's Day, but attire like this goes far beyond innocent fun. There's no news about discontinuing the shirt, but after seeing these responses, we wouldn't be surprised if sales were put on halt.


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Kristen is a senior English major constantly pining for her semester abroad in London. In addition to being a writer and the Senior Editor for Her Campus Siena, she has worked as a Her Campus National Blogger for the News and Pop Culture sections and is currently a national editorial intern for the site. Her future career goals include writing/editing for magazines, producing news shows like a boss, and publishing someone's bestseller. She makes far too many references to "Friends" and the British royal family. Her blog, where she talks about books, TV, and film, can be found at Bookworms and Fangirls.