Civil rights group calls on Paypal, credit card companies to remove services from Offensive Crayons

A leading civil rights organisation is urging customers to boycott an offensive crayon set that aims to shock with the names of its colours, including references to the Holocaust and miscarriages. But the business at the centre of the furore has defended the product.

THE Anti-Defamation Commission — the group behind the push to remove a controversial item from a Gold Coast restaurant menu, and the slamming of Nazi propaganda through Brisbane — has denounced as “reprehensible and offensive” the crayon labelled Auschwitz Ash.

The crayon is part of a colouring box sold online by New York based business Offensive Crayons.

Other crayon colours include Suspicious Cold Sore, Baby Sh*t Green and Alcoholic P*ss.

The ADC called on Paypal, American Express, Visa and Mastercard to stop handling payments for the business.

Anti-Defamation Commission chairman Dr Dvir Abramovich said the Auschwitz Ash name was shameful.

“Shame on the creators of this sick and cruel product and those selling it, who have crossed so many red lines I stopped counting,” Dr Abramovich said.

“This is abuse and trivialisation of the Holocaust of the worst kind, and another sad demonstration that all bets are off when it comes to the cheapening of this unprecedented tragedy.

Read the article by Kara Sonter, Redlands Community News in The Courier Mail.