The “T” stands for tasteless.
Some online bottom feeders are being blasted for hawking a T-shirt that mocks Afghans who died after falling from a plane in an attempt to flee the Taliban this week.
The offensive tee, which is emblazoned with the words “Kabul Skydiving Club Est. 2021,” surfaced on several off-brand online clothing stores, including Tee4Sport and tshirtatlowprice.com. The appalling paraphernalia also depicts silhouettes of several individuals plummeting from a military aircraft.
It was an insensitive shot at multiple people — including a 17-year-old boy — who died after plummeting from a US Air Force jet in Kabul while desperately attempting to flee Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover last week.
“Featuring the scene of the plane flying in the sky and suddenly, there are two people falling from it, the Kabul Skydiving Club Shirt is officially becoming a phenomenon and goes viral on the Internet after that!” reads the thoughtless description. “For those who are into Parachuting, skydiving, those who love jumping from the airplane to experience the highest mood, this shirt is totally suitable to wear!”
It adds, “The shirt originally does have its own meaning in the political aspect, but in the end, it depends on how you feel about it!”
They even feature a 19-second Youtube clip of a man smugly modeling the cretinous couture, which apparently comes in a variety of colors and ranges in size from small to 5XL.
In an apparent attempt to prove they’re not terrible people, the shirt’s creators paradoxically offer condolences to the victims of the tragedy. “We were truly heartbroken and empathetic with the horrifying death of 2 people falling from the plane,” they write in the ham-handed post, adding, “and it was a shock when the rest of the world understand how the people of Afghanistan are facing the situation over there.”
Go figure: The tasteless gag didn’t fly with Twitter users, who excoriated the sellers for attempting to profit off a recent tragedy.
“As Afghans are fleeing and clinging to planes out of desperation, someone decided to capitalize on their pain and misery with this repulsive t-shirt,” fumed Holly Dagres, an Iranian-American senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. “It’s being sold on at least half a dozen t-shirt printing websites right now. Humans can be so cruel.”
Meanwhile, an advert of the morbid memorabilia has since been removed from Reddit after users overwhelmingly voted that it showcased “moral/mental/physical corruption or perversion.”
Alas, cruel clothing hawkers attempting to profit off misery is not a new phenomenon. In June, Amazon’s US store pulled a controversial children’s T-shirt that depicted convicted former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeling on the neck of George Floyd.