Offensive Things Page 1
Naming products is a tricky business, but it’s fairly easy to come up with something that doesn’t seem horribly racist. Or so we thought.
We get that people use their clothing to make statements. But we don’t like this one, not one little bit.
We wish we didn’t have to report on yet another offensive, controversial t-shirt being pulled from e-commerce sites, and yet, here we are. Saturday morning, Jay-Z took his much-maligned “Occupy All Streets” t-shirts off the sales rack.
Just when we thought some headway was being made with the whole offensive costume situation in this country, we came across the worst costume of all time. Are you going to be a World War II evacuee for Halloween?
Did you know girls are, like, really bad at math? Because they totally are! And it’s soooo funny LOLOL, but it’s okay because they can buy clothes instead!
Generally if there’s a product on sale, that means there must be some kind of a market for it, right? OK, so let us ask you this: who would actually buy a t-shirt that says “Calm down dear. Let’s not turn this rape into a murder!”?
Fluid, a hair salon in Edmonton, Canada, has earned a reputation for being edgy and pushing boundaries. One of the ways it’s accomplished this is by running ads depicting a woman in an abusive relationship sporting a black eye (with really fun hair!). And guess what’s even edgier? Refusing to apologize for that ad when people complain that it’s offensive.
For every step forward Vogue Italia and Franca Sozzani take — spotlighting black and plus-sized models, speaking out against pro-anorexia websites — they seem to take quite a few steps back. Like, for example, declaring “slave earrings” an important trend.
After being slammed with criticism for naming one of its parkas after a Sex Pistols song that references a World War II-era concentration camp last week, the Australian clothing label Evil Twin has issued a formal apology. In an email sent to Styleite this morning, the brand characterized the naming of the parka as an oversight, and vowed that it did not intend to offend or upset any of its customers, retailers, or anyone else.
Let’s cut to the chase: to “Tajazzle” is to powder, roll on flavored goo and then bedazzle your lady bits. Not only is the concept itself absurd, the related infomercial is one of the most ridiculous things we’ve ever seen.
Today’s men’s magazines boast their fair share of offensiveness, but they have nothing on the men’s mags of yore. Trust us — that stuff was offensive. A brief perusing of old magazine covers, via BuzzFeed, highlighted a bizarre preoccupation with Nazis, rape and other violent sexual imagery. Oh, also: husband swapping.
Fact: women are all but force-fed the thin ideal since birth. Fact: most models are thin. Fact: liquid diets should not be used without a doctor’s guidance. So then why is designer Norma Kamali extolling their virtues?
Think the fashion world is all beautiful people, in beautiful clothes, doing beautiful things? Think again. In fact, a new study published in the Journal of Consumer research found that when it comes to those glossy adverts, we women like things a little rougher — “grotesque” even. Accordingly, we did our own, erm, research and pulled together seven of the most terrifying ads we’ve ever seen.