8 Offensive Articles Of Clothing


Polar Fox boots leave a swastika imprint

Bootmaker Polar Fox has recalled a pair of men’s boots that leave tiny swastikas in the dirt. Thanks to a Reddit user, the boots were exposed to the public in a post that was viewed over 2 million times.

The company immediately tried to rectify the situation by removing the boots from Amazon and issuing a statement, saying: “We would like to issue a public apology to our customers and to anyone who was offended by an imprint one of our boots left behind. This was in no way intentional; it was an obvious mistake made by our manufacturers in China. We will not be selling any of our boots with the misprint to anyone. We would never create a design to promote hate. We don’t promote hate at our company.” (Source)


Urban Outfitters sells a “blood stained” Kent State sweatshirt

In 2014, Urban Outfitters sold a “vintage” Kent State sweatshirt decorated with a blood spatter-like pattern that was reminiscent of the 1970 Kent State Massacre that left four people dead.

The shirt sold quickly, but outrage spread. The retailer issued an apology, claiming the patterns were not blood at all, but simply “discoloration from the original shade of the shirt and the holes are from natural wear and fray.” The statement added: “We deeply regret that this item was perceived negatively.”

The shirt popped up on eBay shortly after, with a starting bid of $550. User “kentstatesweater” said of the garment, “I ordered it and am waiting myself, as soon as it arrives, I’ll ship it to you. Perfect for Halloween or whatever your deal is,” the description read. (Source)


A “Black Lives Matter” sweatshirt is pulled from Walmart shelves

Offensive or not? Depends on who you ask, but T-shirts and hooded sweatshirts bearing the message “Bulletproof: Black Lives Matter,” were pulled by Walmart following a complaint from The National Fraternal Order of Police, the country’s largest police organization. Walmart issued a statement announcing it was dropping the products because of customer complaints but is still selling other products bearing the words “Black Lives Matter,” without controversy at this time. (Source)


A Zara children’s shirt resembles a Nazi concentration camp uniform

This Wild West-inspired sheriff’s T-shirt is an eerie reminder of clothing concentration camp victims wore during WWII.

The shirt, designed for toddlers up to three years old, features raking buttons on the left shoulder with a six-pointed gold badge underneath. While the badge does say “sheriff,” social media users cried foul, saying it looked more like the yellow star Jews in Nazi-occupied territories were forced to wear. Combined with stripes also reminiscent of concentration camp garb, the Holocaust link is indeed clear.

Zara pulled the shirt and immediately apologized. (Source)


Abercrombie sells shirts rife with Asian stereotypes

In April 2002, clothier Abercrombie & Fitch unleashed a line of t-shirts using Asian caricatures as its central motif. The retailer immediately received “hundreds and hundreds” of complaints and, shortly thereafter, removed the shirt from sale. The company maintained it had poked fun at other groups—such as women, Irish-Americans, and skiers—in the past, and the current line of T-shirts was merely intended to be humorous and whimsical in that same vein. (A few wrongs don’t make a right, A&F.) (Source | Photo)


Sneakers with shackles invoke a public outcry

In 2012, Adidas withdrew plans to sell a controversial sneaker featuring affixed rubber shackles after the company generated significant criticism.

The high-tops, dubbed the JS Roundhouse Mids, were expected to be released in August of that year, but the company’s Facebook post promoting the shoe post prompted plenty of criticism, with many commenters saying they felt the shackle invoked the painful image of slavery.

Designer Jeremy Scott defended his design via Twitter saying, “my work has always been inspired by cartoons, toys & my childhood.” He attached a photo of a “My Pet Monster”—a bright, plush character with its wrists shackled. (Source | Photo)


A suicide-themed shirt stirs outrage on social media

In March 2015, Twitter user @PsychoGF posted a photo of a t-shirt featuring an image of a noose along with the slogan “Hang Loose” which was being sold by major clothes retailer TJ Maxx. The image stirred outrage on social media and soon prompted a response from the department store chain, who reported that the shirt was being pulled from all their locations.

California beachwear company Tavik apologized for the offensive design, claiming that the shirt’s “hang loose” slogan was related to surfing, but failing to explain how the noose was relevant to riding the waves. (Source)


Walmart sells—and pulls—a line of inappropriate men’s tees

Wow, Walmart! In September 2016, several offensive men’s tees were available on Walmart’s website, somewhat undermining the company’s wholesome, family-friendly image.

Of course, the complaints rolled in, and the company responded by saying that the shirts “obviously has no business being on our site” and pulled them. Sorry guys, you’ll have to get your “I’d Rather Be Snorting Cocaine Off a Hooker’s Ass,” “Master Baiter” (a fishing pun—get it?), and “I (Heart) Breastfeeding” shirts elsewhere for now. Oh, the humanity! (Source)


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