The merchandise, a Jagazi Natural full cap weaving net used for hair extensions, was being sold by a third party on Walmart.com for $7.28 until it was removed on Monday.
Walmart has removed an item from its website and issued an apology on Monday after the product description was found to contain the N-word.
The merchandise, a Jagazi Natural full cap weaving net used for hair extensions, was being sold by a third party on Walmart.com for $7.28.
The title of the item read, in part: 'Durable Stretchy Weaving Net Weaving Cap Wig Cap Size M (N*****-brown).'
Twitter user Kwani Lunis came upon this offensive product description for a weaving cap on Walmart's website
The racist term also caught the attention of comedy writer Travon Free, who quipped that he and Walmart should 'have a chat'
The offensive term was also repeated in the description section beneath a photo showing a mannequin of the brown, lacy cap on its head.
Online user Kwani Lunis came upon the racial slur and alerted Walmart, tweeting: 'Hey @Walmart what are you doing.'
Comedian Travon Free, who is African-American and works as a staff writer on TBS' Full Frontal with Samanta Bee, weighed in on the controversy, quipping in a tweet that he and Walmart should 'have a chat.'
By Monday, as outrage over the slur spread on social media, the weave cap had been removed and the big-box retailer issued an apology on its Tweeter account, writing: ‘We agree, this is appalling.’
The company also issued a statement laying the blame on the third-party retailer.
Writer and commentator Roxane Gay also weighed in on the controversy on Twitter
So sorry: Walmart later removed the item from its website and issued an apology
‘We are very sorry and appalled that third party seller listed their item with this description on our online marketplace. It is a clear violation of our policy and has been removed, and we are investigating the seller to determine how this could have happened.’
By the late afternoon, the weaving net was still available for purchase in black on Walmart’s website.
The wig cap controversy comes just days after Walmart Canada came under fire and was forced to pull from its shelves a 'racist' onesiedecorated with teepees that joked about children living at home despite the country's history of taking indigenous kids away from their families.
Last week, Walmart Canada was forced to remove this onesie from its shelves after being accused of racism towards indigenous people