We’re all for edgy fashion but these big box retailers should have known better. Check out 13 of the most controversial fashion items to be pulled from the shelves.
ASOS Slave Shirt
Update: ASOS has apologized, and the top has been removed from their site after causing so many complaints.
Walmart ‘Fat Girl’ Costumes
Apparently someone over at Walmart (who presumably was on their way out the door) thought it would be hilarious to re-name their plus-size costumes, "fat girl costumes." Jezebel first noticed the mega mistake yesterday morning, and it's since gone viral, causing quite a stir on the internet. A rep for Walmart aplogized for the "mistake," saying, "This never should have been on our site. It is unacceptable, and we apologize." Too little, too late maybe?
Mango’s Lightning Shirt
In early October, Mango came under fire for designing a blouse that many felt resembled an insignia used by the Nazi party. Mango apologized, saying, "The RAYO blouse belongs to a collection inspired by mini-motifs. In the range there are two other models which feature hearts and stars. This design shows one of the designs. Mango regrets the unfortunate association that has come about because of this design.”
Zara Sheriff Kid’s T-Shirt
Look familiar? That's because this T-shirt went viral this week, due to its strong similarity to the T-shirts Jews were forced to wear during the Holocaust. Bad move, Zara.
JC Penney Pretty Kids T-Shirt
It may have been meant as a joke but many parents questioned why a family-friendly retailer like JCPenney would promote looks over intelligence to young girls.
Forever 21 Algebra T-Shirt
Though not as racy as some of the other graphic tees we've seen, many believed that this Forever 21 shirt encouraged a distaste for Algebra and math subjects in general with adolescent girls.
Topman Girlfriend T-Shirt
Comparing girls to dogs? Nice Topman, very nice.
Adidas JS Roundhouse Mids
Causing an outrage before ever even making it onto the retail floor, the Adidas JS Roundhouse Mids were designed in conjunction with Jeremy Scott and featured plastic "shackles" that some felt promoted slavery.
H&M Feather Headdress
Worn during war and ceremonial occasions, it's no wonder many First Nations people took offense to H&M selling feather headdresses as fashion accessories. The headdress is believed to be of great spiritual and magical importance--not Coachella festival attire.
Victoria’s Secret Sexy Little Geisha Lingerie
We totally understand that role-playing is a thing for some but many felt that Victoria's Secret crossed the line with their "Sexy Little Geisha" costume. As one blogger put it, "considering the complicated history of geishas, repurposing the 'look' for a major corporation to sell as role-playing lingerie seems a bit tasteless."
Abercrombie & Fitch Wong Brothers T-Shirt
This series of T-shirts released by Abercrombie & Fitch was immediately met with mixed reactions. Though the company believed it would be a big hit with Asian customers, many found the cartoons and the play on broken English (i.e., "Two Wongs Can Make It White") derogatory and racist.
Urban Outfitters Depression T-Shirt
Easily one of the biggest offenders in the offensive clothing game is Urban Outfitters. Many spoke out against the graphic tee covered in the word "Depression" feeling it was turning mental illness into a fashion statement.
Urban Outfitters Eat Less T-Shirt
Another Urban Outfitters faux pas included this "Eat Less" T-shirt, which many felt promoted eating disorders, like anorexia nervosa.
Gap Manifest Destiny T-Shirt
As part of a collaborative collection with designer Marc McNairy, Gap released this "Manifest Destiny" T-shirt in 2012. Native American groups were shocked by the phrase, which recalls the violent European takeover of the United States in the 19th century and the death of many native peoples.
Urban Outfitters Kent State Sweater
The latest offender was yet another product from Urban Outfitters. A distressed sweater featuring red stains and holes immediately set off alarm bells alluding to the 1970 shooting at the school where four students were killed.