A single complaint is all it took to derail a line of apparel aimed at raising money for Kyle Rittenhouse’s defense fund, according to the young man’s parents.
Rittenhouse, a 17-year-old who fatally shot two rioters and wounded a third after being pursued and attacked during the August riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin, is currently out on bond after being extradited from his native Illinois.
Rittenhouse has since been maligned by the mainstream media as an extremist vigilante, with some outlets going so far as to make unsubstantiated implications of racist ideology.
In response to their loved one’s trial, the Rittenhouse family turned to Printful, a custom marketing and graphic design firm that transfers custom images to various items and apparel.
The “Free Kyle” apparel, ranging from gymwear to swimsuits, spots the slogan “Self-defense is a right, not a privilege.”
The family has raised over $57,000, with hopes of reaching $2 million.
However, according to the Daily Mail, Printful has suspended operations for the Rittenhouse family, after what the family referred to as a single complaint.
Printful has suddenly deemed the merchandise a violation of the company’s “Acceptable Use” policy.
“They had one complaint. We had over 400 orders. This is what they fear so much,” the Rittenhouse family wrote on social media. “We have yet to receive any formal notification or response to our emails. Nothing. Let that sink in.” Link to the merchandising website is here, FreeKyleUSA.com
Kyle Rittenhouse’s family is selling ‘Free Kyle’ merchandise including $25 crop tops and $43 bikinis to raise money for the teen’s legal defense fund ahead of his murder trial pic.twitter.com/3HAkGhpVz9— Frank Schaeffer (@Frank_Schaeffer) December 22, 2020
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