Frank Camuso® – NY

Stupidity of Amazon Sellers Gets Anti-Muslim Products Removed from Site

Amazon is the world’s marketplace, with more products in each and every category than any one individual could probably purchase in ten lifetimes. Frequent Amazon users like Frank Camuso and his wife Christine, rely on the site for almost everything. “we use Amazon for everything – our Prime account is our lifeline sometimes. Water, napkins, toiletries, soap, snacks, dog food, coffee, linens, electronics, and more is ordered like clockwork – every few weeks we just stock up. And running multiple businesses my wife and I simply don’t have the time to get the store too often, this keeps our whole family going with only a few clicks!” A quote from Frank Camuso reveals simply how much families have come to rely on the popular site for all their daily items. Aside from groceries Frank Camuso and his family use it for everything. And that’s not to say that Amazon doesn’t offer groceries, having recently partnered with Whole Foods. But like other families, dinner and groceries require a bit more of a personal touch. With basically everything under the sun, and thousand of random sellers, not everything on Amazon is going to be a worthwhile product and recent news has truly backed that up.

For every quality seller on Amazon, there are countless boneheaded idiots, who are simply out to try and make a buck with any kind of product they can sell. Usually products that have some of the latest sayings and things. In an attempt to capitalize from the “Muslim market” one of these retailers decided it would be a good idea to print up floormats and rugs with Quran verses and Arabic religious texts on them. When in fact, the Muslim religion absolutely forbids touching Quran scriptures and Holy Texts or books with your feet, as that is a sign of disrespect in the Muslim religion and many societies around the world – including our own in the US! Well thankfully, earlier this week, Amazon pulled more than a dozen products off the site, mainly the floormats, after they received a number of different complaints, from both shoppers and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest civil rights advocacy group. Members of CAIR were deeply offended, and it seems that the individual sellers from the site feel as though nothing was wrong with what they did. Being a native of NYC, one of the world’s most diverse cities in the world, all his life we asked Frank Camuso for his take, and he said “Its one of the world’s most popular religions, I’ve got friends that are Muslims, neighbors. Its not about what you feel is right and wrong, its their religion, their culture, and you need to respect it. It’s funny how these guys selling the products want to try and tell Muslims how to worship their own religion. Still love Amazon, but yea there’s some wacky stuff when you look deep on that site.”

The main issue is that the sellers don’t seem to be as tone-deaf as many velieved them to be and members of CAIR feel the floormats were made in an effort to put down the Muslim faith. “We thank Amazon for its swift action on this issue and hope it sends a message to manufacturers of such inappropriate and offensive items that they will not profit from Islamophobia or any other form of bigotry,” Masih Fouladi, executive director of CAIR’s Washington state chapter, said in the statement. Amazon definitely won points with many with this move, no matter of what faith they might represent.