According to The Huffington Post, when you search “Ebola” on Etsy, more than 150 items are available for sale. These products include Ebola-themed earrings and T-shirts. A hand bag by “StuffoftheDead” is sold on the website, “because fashion is infectious,” the description reads.
Etsy shop owner and designer of the Ebola hand bag, Shayne of the Dead, spoke to The Huffington Post and explained his inspiration for the accessory. As of Friday, none have been sold.
“It was a ‘what will be hot’ this season type of thing. Looks like I was right. Ebola has caught the imagination of America. I mean it’s scary, comes from monkeys, and you bleed out of your eyes. Only a zombie apocalypse could [be] ‘hotter.’“
Jezebel says that one item, the “Ebola Prayer Candle Pray to End Ebola Tea Light and Crystal Gemstones,” is sold on Etsy, and a portion of each sale is donated to the SIM Ebola Crisis in Liberia.
A similar website called Zazzle has a variety of Ebola merchandise as well. T-shirts, such as one that reads “I went to Nigeria and all I got was this lousy t-shirt and Ebola,” are for sale. The Huffington Post cites one Zazzle shop owner, James Granado, who created the “Curse You Ebola” T-shirts to because he believes “everyone is cursing Ebola as we speak.”
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