A campaign set up by a Milburn mum calling for Amazon to remove from its website T-shirts she says promote hate speech against people with Down’s Syndrome has gained worldwide support.
Cristina Bowman, whose three-year-old son Max has Down’s Syndrome, was left upset, hurt and frightened for her son’s future after seeing a third party seller on the online giant’s website selling T-shirts bearing slogans such as “let’s make down syndrome extinct”.
Over the weekend, Cristina, who lives with her husband Mark and their five children, launched an online Change.org petition, calling for them to be removed. It has already gained almost 40,000 signatures.
Her cause has also gained support from British actress Sally Philips — best known for her roles in the Bridget Jones films and Smack the Pony — whose son Olly has Down’s Syndrome.
Though Amazon has since removed the items from its website, Cristina is penning an open letter to the retailer, asking it to find a way of barring products which promote hate speech.
She is supported by a host of Down’s Syndrome organisations worldwide and her petition gained signatures from as far afield as Mexico, Iran, New York and Italy.