Home Bargains slammed over 'offensive' Christmas Jumper

By Katie Williams & Kate Lally

Home Bargains has come under fire over an "offensive" Christmas jumper it is selling.

Many stores are stocking up on festive items, with the big day now just weeks away.

However, a slogan on a ladies jumper has sparked a debate when one mum asked if she was being unreasonable for finding the jumper offensive.

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The jumper in question has a picture of a melted snowman on it, with the slogan: 'I'm having a meltdown", Edinburgh Live reports.

Along with posting the image of the knitwear, she wrote on Mumsnet : "I seen this when I was in store today and it just didn't sit right with me. I do have a neurodiverse [darling daughter] so that might be colouring my view slightly."

As described by autism.org.uk, "a meltdown is an intense response to an overwhelming situation. It happens when someone becomes completely overwhelmed by their current situation and temporarily loses control of their behaviour."

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Some agreed with her, while others claimed it was just a "bit of humour".

The jumper is on sale in Home Bargains (Home Bargains)

One wrote: "Literally anyone and everyone can have a meltdown. Snowmen included. I like it."

Another added: "I don't see anything wrong with it to be honest, just a bit of humour."

The original poster followed up with: "I associate meltdown with autism but happy to accept that that's just me"

But others quickly backed the mum up.

One wrote: "I'd say don't wear it unless you're ND. I'm autistic."

A second added: "Not just you but a lot of people in here are very ableist, perhaps without realising. It's an offensive jumper that makes light of being autistic."

The thread then turned into a discussion as to whether the term "meltdown'' was exclusively related to autistic people.

One asked: "Is the expression "having a meltdown" particularly related to autism? I had no idea. I thought it was a widely used expression."

And someone replied, explaining: "The issue is that the language has been appropriated by the NT community to mean a tantrum, and so now, the neurodiverse community have no language that expresses the biological phenomena that they actually experience during a “meltdown”.

"And worse, when a ND person does experience a “meltdown” it’s conflated with tantrum and the ND person is not only not offered the correct support they are often judged and treated appallingly for “misbehaving”."

Home Bargains has been contacted for comment.

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