Well, you’ve all read the news about Aberwhatever’s CEO’s statement, but if you haven’t, you can find a good article here about it. You can google and find all sort of things, too, but here is the direct quote if you would rather read it here for yourself:
“In every school there are the cool and popular kids, and then there are the not-so-cool kids,” he told the site. “Candidly, we go after the cool kids. We go after the attractive all-American kid with a great attitude and a lot of friends. A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely. Those companies that are in trouble are trying to target everybody: young, old, fat, skinny. But then you become totally vanilla. You don’t alienate anybody, but you don’t excite anybody, either,” he told Salon.
Now that we have that part out of the way, I’d like to express my opinion on the matter.
This particular clothing retailer does not sell women’s clothing over a size Large. Why? Because they don’t want fatties wearing their clothes. There is nothing illegal at all about this, even though they DO sell men’s clothes up to a size XXL for male athletes.
But, what about the female athletes who wear an XL? Are female athletes not attractive and popular enough for their tastes (or their clothing)? Guess not. And it’s sad, too, because I know a few lady athletes who are absolutely gorgeous and wear an XL or above.
Which brings me to my next thought… To all the plus size ladies (like myself) out there– I wouldn’t be offended by the CEO’s statement at all. Have you seen him? Ooooh, wait–we have an image!
He isn’t anything to be excited about, is he? Nope. Not one bit. As a matter of fact, he’s quite unattractive and creepy looking. Also, there are plenty of retailers out there who DO make clothes for the plus size women and men and also make clothes for–SHRIEKS!–normal people!!! Ya know, average Joes who could give three shits less if their tee shirt says “A&F” or nothing at all or something completely different. Mike Jeffries wouldn’t know what beauty really was if Tyra Banks jumped out of the bushes and smacked him in his over-stuffed lips with an entire basket of Maybelline.
For the rest of us not-so-cool kids, there are plenty of other places we can all go to spend our hard earned cash on clothes. I, as the proud fatty I am, am happy as a clam to shop at Old Navy, Torrid, Avenue, JC Penny (sometimes), and wherever–Walmart, included! After all, at the end of the day, they’re just jeans and tee shirts and dresses and sweats. After about a year’s worth of wear, I’ll probably just accidentally splash bleach on my stuff anyway because I’m careless like that. Also, when I go to the mall, the first thought in my head is usually to find lotion at Bath & Body Works and find out what kind of deals are going on at Hot Topic and whether or not JC Penny’s sale was really worth the almost an hour drive anyway. I never even give A&F a second glance. Must be the not-so-cool-plus size diva in me…
**Note** I’ve recently discovered that Clorox makes a splash-less bleach and have bought a bottle. I’ll let you know if it works for me lol.**
Again, I say this idiot CEO hasn’t done anything illegal, so for those of you who are jumping on the force A&F to make larger clothes bandwagon, please stop. I doubt any of us would buy them after this anyway. Let Mike Jeffries continue along this path of delusional head-in-assness. Take your money elsewhere to buy gifts and clothes for yourself and others. Just because something isn’t illegal doesn’t make his statements any less idiotic, but it doesn’t mean you have to keep buying over priced ugly tee shirts and overpriced ugly shorts there.
Yes, A&F, I stalked your Facebook page. I was not, in any way, impressed by the outfits you had put together in your ads there. Tsk, tsk!
I was, however, impressed by the comments people were making there. Very, very impressed. I’m also very impressed by this video.
Thanks to the video (link added above), I’m going through my daughter’s Abercrombie & Fitch tee shirts. It’s time to head to Goodwill before summer anyhow.
And she looks much better in her sarcastic statement tee shirts anyway. Also, she doesn’t like A&F anymore. It was just a phase she went through last year lol.
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