Thursday, February 20th, 2014
A Utah woman spent more than $550 on t-shirts she says are offensive and “indecent,” taking that action when a store refused to remove the shirts from their display window. More from Newser:
Judy Cox says she was shopping with her teenage son in Orem, Utah County, when she spotted a window display of T-shirts featuring semi-clad models in provocative poses. When the manager declined to remove the display, she coughed up $567 for all the PacSun store’s shirts from its “Visual Heartbreakers” line.
Cox says she’d like to just destroy all 19 shirts, “but I’ll let their corporate office figure out what to do with them when I return them on day 59 of a 60-day return policy,” she tells the Daily Herald. She has been in touch with the city attorney of Orem—which calls itself “Family City USA”—to see whether the store’s display violated the city’s decency code, and says she hopes her efforts will inspire others.
“These shirts clearly cross a boundary that is continually being pushed on our children in images on the Internet, television, and when our families shop in the mall,” she tells the AP.
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Friday, September 2nd, 2011
A T-shirt for girls sold by JC Penney caused an online uproar this week for its message suggesting that pretty girls don’t do homework.
Sold in sizes 7 to 16, the shirt said, “I’m too pretty to do homework, so my brother has to do it for me.” The description of the shirt read: “Who has time for homework when there’s a new Justin Bieber album out? She’ll love this tee that’s just as cute and sassy as she is.”
But many bloggers and others saw the shirt as anything but cute, decrying what they viewed as an unhealthy message for young girls.
“I have three bright, funny nieces who are 7, 5 and 5 and I never want them to believe the message on this shirt is true,” Jessica Wakeman wrote on TheFrisky.com. “Its sale price ($9.99 down from the original $16.99) seems to indicate that people may be too smart to buy into such girl-undermining messaging,” Jen Doll wrote on The Village Voice blog. Jenna Sauers on Jezebel.com said that the tee “explicitly associates intelligence with being a boy, and looking pretty with being a girl.” An online petition demanding that JC Penney stop selling the shirt quickly gathered more than a thousand signatures.
JCPenney reacted within hours of the first complaints Wednesday, removing the shirt from its website, and issuing a statement. From The Village Voice:
J.C. Penney is committed to being America’s destination for great style and great value for the whole family. We agree that the “Too pretty” t-shirt does not deliver an appropriate message, and we have immediately discontinued its sale. Our merchandise is intended to appeal to a broad customer base, not to offend them. We would like to apologize to our customers and are taking action to ensure that we continue to uphold the integrity of our merchandise that they have come to expect.
Kate Coultas, spokeswoman for JC Penney, told The Voice:
“One of the reasons we’re so outraged is that this is not what we stand for. We’ve facilitated over $100 million [in donations] over the past 10 years to support after-school programs in local communities. That’s a key important message for us.”
What do you think of the T-shirt? Would you let your daughter wear it?
(image via: http://www.thefrisky.com)
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