Savile: fury over ‘sick’ shirts

Savile internet costume
Savile internet costume

“Sick” T-shirts of sex beast Jimmy Savile boasting about his crimes should be banned, after they were found on sale next to children’s clothing.

That is the view of a Scarborough charity, which has dealt with the fall-out after Savile’s crimes were unearthed.

The T-shirts show unprintable slogans about child abuse alongside the DJ’s grinning face, and are part of a macabre market in Savile merchandise that has flooded the internet since he was unmasked as a paedophile.

“It’s truly disgusting that any human being could stoop that low, and make money not only off him, but off his victims,” said Hope founder Pauline Carruthers.

Her charity was inundated with over 400 calls for help in the immediate aftermath of the Savile revelations.

Almost two years later, they are still struggling to secure the funding they need to help the waves of abuse victims still coming forward.

“What really makes me mad is that here we are, struggling for money to help his victims, and we have sick people cashing in on him.

“But these people selling them are just unbelievable, there’s no other word for them.”

The T-shirts are available on the website Redbubble, where they are classed as “art”, along with babies’ onesies and children’s T-shirts.

And on other websites such as eBay, a ghoulish trade in Savile memorabilia has sprung up since the abuse revelations came to light.

Replica Savile shell-suits and Jim’ll Fix It soap-on-a-ropes are among the goods being flogged, although leading chain Amazon has pulled Savile stock.

And souvenirs from the disgraced DJ’s funeral have even been put under the hammer, with a bidding war sparked over a badge and leaflet from the service, eventually selling for £51.

Redbubble, which also stocks children’s clothing featuring the smirking face of Aussie art paedo Rolf Harris, has yet to comment.

But Pauline Carruthers said that any action the firm needs to take should be obvious.

“They should stop selling them.

“They have a duty to the public, and if someone who has been abused sees this, it could have a devastating impact.”