A pair of clothiers are facing criticism this week—both for being deemed by many “too risqué
” for very different reasons.
To show just how mini their new mini skirts are, American Apparel—whose entire marketing strategy could be summed up as “shock and ew”—has a photo that looks a bit more like something from an adult magazine.
called the photo “ridiculously gross and sexist,” but it also posted a screenshot of the image:
Meanwhile, H&M has committed an offense of a much different nature. The company is accused of selling a tank top featuring a skull over a Star of David.
Blogger Eylon Aslan-Levy
of the Times of Israel
was the first to point out how inappropriate the item was. He wrote:
I doubt that there were anti-Semitic intentions on the part of the designer, but there is no escaping that the juxtaposition – no matter how accidental – of these two symbols is entirely inappropriate and offensive. The more I look at it, the more I am at a loss to explain how H&M commissioned or even approved this item.
He tweeted a photo of the shirt:
The company has since reacted by pulling the item from its racks and offering an apology.
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Said a spokesperson for H&M:
Please accept our most sincere apologies that this has caused offense. We understand the criticism and in response to this have decided to remove the T-shirt from all stores with immediate effect.