Mum slams ‘offensive’ Home Bargains Christmas Jumper – but not everyone agrees

A mum has hit out at Home Bargains over one of its Christmas jumpers – deeming it 'offensive'.

Many people are getting their festive jumpers ready now that December is approaching.

However, the mum wasn't amused when she saw one that retailer Home Bargains had on sale.

The mum took to Mumsnet to ask if she was being 'unreasonable' for finding the jumper offensive, according to EdinburghLive.

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

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

According to 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".

Her post sparked a debate on Mumsnet with some agreeing it was offensive, while others claimed it is just a bit of fun.

"I don't see anything wrong with it to be honest, just a bit of humour" one person wrote.

While another added: "Literally anyone and everyone can have a meltdown. Snowmen included. I like it."

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

However, others backed the mum up, as one commented: "I'd say don't wear it unless you're ND. I'm autistic."

A second added: "Not just you op but a lot of people in here are very ableist, perhaps without realising. It's an awful 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."

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'."

Daily Star has contacted Home Bargains for comment.

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