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Posted: 04.19.2002
"Get Your Buddha on the Floor"

Abercrombie & Fitch has a lot more to deal with than irate customers over their nudie-catalogs these days. Their latest t-shirt campaign, pictured above, is causing quite an uproar. The shirts have caricatured faces with slanted eyes and rice-paddy hats, and such slogans as, "Wok-N-Bowl -- Let the Good Times Roll -- Chinese Food & Bowling."

Well "White or Wong", in this day of political correctness, what kind of dumbass approved these for mass-print? "We personally thought Asians would love this T-shirt," said Hampton Carney, with the public relations firm where Abercrombie referred a reporter's call. Get yours on eBay while supplies last! (Link snagged from Daypop.)

Coming soon, the Abercrombie & Fitch American Indian tribute: "Red Cloud's Barber Shop - Shave and a Scalping, 2 bits." -and- "My chief sold Manhattan and all I got were these lousy beads."

Hey boy take a look at me...let me dirty up your mind...

I'm not normally to sensitive or PC, but this one kinda pisses me off. It's pretty stupid and not very funny, Wok N Bowl?? it's just dumb. I've seen better stuff on frat party shirts that some nimrod RTF dropout came up with after a half a bag of whacky weed. If you're going to go through all that trouble to be offensive and racist, at least come up with something kinda funny.

¤ ¤ credit: JE | 04.19.02 at 09:17 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

I'm not very p.c. at all. I whole-heartedly believe in free speech and that to embrace it, you need to let others be offensive now and then. What this really is, is a very bad business decision. Think of all the hours they spent work those concepts. Think of all the hours they will spend on complaints. They just stubbed themselves by not thinking the whole thing through! (Notice p.c. use of "hours" and not "man-hours". It's a choice; not a requirement!)

¤ ¤ credit: Stu D. | 04.19.02 at 10:01 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

I'm not very PC. In my circle of friends I'll be the first to crack any asian joke. :) I don't think that me being asian makes up for that or anything, I just... *shrug* It's still a joke. :) I'll just have to say that those t-shirts don't really offend me. I mean yes, they are so stereotypical, but to be honest, I've found many many many people are stereotypical. People are like that and don't even know it. So yeah, while those t-shirts seem wrong, I'm not really offended. Although I did chuckle a little. :)

¤ ¤ credit: yoshi | 04.19.02 at 12:54 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

free speech? fine. feel free to be offensive. but damn, stupid white folks shouldn't be so surprised when they make offensive comments and people like, take offense to 'em!

¤ ¤ credit: mikey | 04.19.02 at 12:57 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

I heard on the radio this morning that the shirts are being removed from the shelves.

¤ ¤ credit: Mama | 04.19.02 at 01:23 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

What you said, mikey! :-) Maybe they could score the rights to the "Fighting Whities" shirts to counter-balance their stupidity.

¤ ¤ credit: robyn | 04.19.02 at 01:52 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

I am just gonna sit here and shake my head. What wer they thinking when they designed the shirts, that everyone would embrace them? Or maybe this is the publicity they were looking for?

¤ ¤ credit: munin | 04.19.02 at 02:24 PM | link--this ¤ ¤

This story was on our local news, and apparently some Asian-Americans around here are going to protest in front of an A&F store.

I think munin hit the nail on the head...A&F just wants free publicity! I never bought anything from them, and now I never will (prolly won't fit me anyway!).

¤ ¤ credit: Christine M. | 04.20.02 at 01:43 AM | link--this ¤ ¤

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