Primark pulled the Walking Dead-inspired t-shirt after a single complaint
The white t-shirt has the words "eeny meeny miny moe" as well as a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire emblazoned on it.
It comes from a scene in the show where character Negan chooses which of his victims to kill with the rhyme, clutching that particular weapon.
Sheffield Methodist minister Ian Lucraft complained directly to Primark's chief executive Paul Marchant, causing the t-shirt to be recalled.
In a statement, the discount store said: "The t-shirt in question is licensed merchandise for the US television series, The Walking Dead, and the quote and image are taken directly from the show.
This man must have been brought up living in cloud cuckoo land
"Any offence caused by its design was wholly unintentional and Primark sincerely apologises for this.
"Primark has removed the product from sale."
According to the Sheffield Star, Mr Lucraft wrote in his letter to Marchant: "We were shocked when we came face to face with a new t-shirt with a racially explicit graphic and text.
The t-shirt featured a nursery rhyme reference which supposedly has racist origins
"It was fantastically offensive and I can only assume that no one in the process of ordering it knew what they were doing or were aware of its subliminal messages.
"The slogan is 'Eeeny meenie miny moe…' It stops there, but of course we all know what the original said: 'catch a n***** by his toe'."
In The Walking Dead, the character played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan says "tiger" instead of the racial epithet, and many social media users thought that Primark's response was somewhat extreme.
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Twitter user @AlexMyerscough said: "Primark have removed this t-shirt because it's racist? What is this world coming too – it's from walking dead."
@Kim_KimmiH posted: "The complaint about the walking dead top I'm primark is hilarious. 'Fantastically offensive' No no it's not."
@Ebzzzzzz said: "Primark's The Walking Dead tshirt was/is not racist. Stop reaching."
Twitter users thought the response was unnecessary as it was a Walking Dead reference
Baz Lamb said: "There is a reason for people like that taking offence to everything. It's called attention seeking."
Zack Wright added: "I fail to see how this is racist or offensive. I've only ever heard of the word tiger used in that song."
Stacey Leigh Taylor wrote: "Some people really need to get a grip! It's from a TV series, obviously he doesn't watch it to realise it has nothing to do with racism! Get a life."
The Sheffield minister who made the complaint said he was 'pleased' by Primark's decision
Samantha Watkinson posted: "Why is it racist? I'm 29 and never heard the nursery rhyme any other way than how my kids now sing it at school, still 'catch a tiger' "
And Pete Cotton wrote: "This man must have been brought up living in cloud cuckoo land, protected from the big bad outside world by his PC brigade parents."
Pip Strafford added: "This is the culture we live in. Offended and triggered by absolutely anything. Permanently looking to be a professional victim of some outrage."
Mr Lucraft later said that he was "very pleased" by Primark's decision.