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Abercrombie & Fitch unveil anti-bullying T-shirt, but for skinny people only!

Abercrombie & Fitch may want only cool, good-looking people to wear their clothes, but they’d still like their customer to be nice to their unworthy peers. To remind them, the clothing line is now selling anti-bullying T-shirts: “Bros before bullies,” as one proclaims.

Of course, because A&F would also prefer that larger people shop elsewhere, its women’s styles are apparently only available up to size 10.

As Salon writer Mary Elizabeth Williams writes, this is the same company whose CEO Mike Jeffries described why they liked to hire only attractive people for their stores. “Good-looking people attract other good-looking people and we want to market to cool, good-looking people. … 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.”

His comments gave A&F a lot of press, but much of it wasn’t good. As Williams says – “the considerably populous not-so-cool lobby” had a lot to say about the company’s marketing scheme. Not least of which was that Jeffries’ comments “foster bullying and discrimination.”

This public shaming didn’t lead to bigger sizes in the store, but Jeffries did meet with a teen activist who had started an online campaign to get the company to change its policy. In June, the Salon article says, the company began offering scholarships to students who fought bullying. This was followed up by the new T-shirts and an “Are you an ally?” campaign, to enlist cool kids to use their popularity power for good.

At the time the scholarship was announced, Jeffries said, “We’ve listened to the conversations and heart the message. No young people should ever feel intimidated, especially at school, whether for the clothes they wear, or because someone perceives them as different.”

Of course, it would seem to be less of an issue if those same young people didn’t feel intimidated about walking into an A&F store, where they will be appraised for their looks and weight.

A T-shirt doesn’t change the fact that, as far as Abercrombie & Fitch’s messaging is concerned, clothes are the measure of a person. And they’ll decide who measures up.

by Anonymousreply 1210/04/2013

So it's bullying to not make clothes for fatties? You're fat. Not everyone will make clothes in your size. Deal with it or put down the cheeseburger and actually do something instead of make excuses as to why you're fat.

by Anonymousreply 110/03/2013

What if they are just big boned R1 ?

by Anonymousreply 210/03/2013

Good. The normalizing of obesity is dangerous.

by Anonymousreply 310/03/2013

R2 Having "big bones" doesn't cause rolls upon rolls of fat. If they insist that they can't lose weight go to Walmart.

by Anonymousreply 410/03/2013

So kids who are being bullied because they are fat, you are saying they deserve it?

by Anonymousreply 510/03/2013

I've never seen a YSL gown in a size 26.

by Anonymousreply 610/03/2013

R5 I was more so talking about adults. Parents should be blamed if their child is obese.

by Anonymousreply 710/03/2013

I don't care if fat kids can't wear AnF but for the love of god stop letting men over 25 wear it. Have your Mid Life Crisis in American Eagle or something...

by Anonymousreply 810/03/2013

Sizes in Walmart now start at XXXL.

by Anonymousreply 910/03/2013

Do they, R9?

by Anonymousreply 1010/04/2013

I am a little sick of target and their "athletic cut" shirts. I wear a medium and jesus their AC medium is like a toddlers small.

by Anonymousreply 1110/04/2013

Aren't most bullies on the "husky" side anyways?

by Anonymousreply 1210/04/2013
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