Originally posted by
The controversy stems from a 2006 SALON magazine interview with the CEO of Abercrombie and Fitch, which has just recently surfaced. In this interview, Jeffries (CEO) says that his brand is "absolutely" "exclusionary", and only
The controversy stems from a 2006 SALON magazine interview with the CEO of Abercrombie and Fitch, which has just recently surfaced. In this interview, Jeffries (CEO) says that his brand is "absolutely" "exclusionary", and only "wants to market to cool, good-looking people." That he doesn't want "fat", or "not so cool" kids wearing his company's clothes.
I for one, will never be shopping at Abercrombie and Fitch again. I think it's appalling. Does anyone else have any thoughts on this article that they may wish to share?
I have been boycotting A&F for years now due to their ways. And I will continue to do so with a smile on my face. Who needs clothing that magically gets holes in it after two washes anyways?! I'm not even exaggerating either. This has happened to every last shirt I have from there. Hollister is just as bad too. They carry larger sizes, but still. Aren't they owned by the same people or whatever? Ugh. I recently quit going there too, a year ago.
I too think it's appalling. More like disgusting and really stupid, what A&F does. I have no use for a company like that or their product. It's not okay to send such a message that only tee-tiny people are "good enough" to wear their clothing (that isn't quality anyways!)
I choose not to condone their behavior by not wearing their clothing or shopping there. If the CEO doesn't have any more brains than that -- brains that think size is everything in the world &forgets what real life and real life issues are even all about -- then perhaps he needs a reality check, not just on weight. Recently, a girl my mom works with was upset about A&F and them not carrying her size. My mom told her that was why I boycotted them. She said "but they DO carry her size!" And my mom said, "but they DON'T carry yours." And that's how I feel. If everyone is not accepted, then neither do I want to be.
It pisses me off that they seem to almost want
to target people who are over a size 2 & make them not only feel excluded ,but badly about themselves. Nobody should have to feel any worse about themselves. I mean, it's hard enough on people. Why make it worse? I feel like the CEO and whoever else supports that stupid idea of their clothing only being "good enough" for those who can fit it have lost touch with reality. Everytime I see articles about it, I keep thinking to myself "is size seriously the ONLY thing you people know or think about?" Nothing else in the entire world is of any importance? Seriously!? Talk about sad. There is so much in this world that A&F could be doing. Hell, they're big enough that they could be making an impression on people in a good
way, but they choose to be hurtful to people. That does not make sense to me. It's like using your powers for bad when you have the opportunity to use them for good. Think of how much body acceptance they could be doing.
If they dislike a certain size, fine. That is not my problem. If the A&F CEO and whoever else are strongly against being over a size 2 or whatever, fine. That's their own ideas and issues and desires or what ever. I have goals for my own self too, but I am not trashing everybody else or trying to make everyone else feel badly for not being what I want. And that brings me to this: why do people want
others to be something such as a certain weight? What the HELL does it matter to them? People are not A&F CEO's pretty little objects to look at and approve of. I mean, we are freaking humans. We aren't some shiny object that should always be looking a certain way to please others. That's what the message seems to be -- that they want us to be what they like to look at. Did they forget we aren't things that are only for looks? That we are people who happen to have more to us than looks. I know, everyone says "people are more than just looks, etc." But seriously here! This is what to me, it feels like they're saying "be what we like to look at or else we'll make you feel less than, not good enough."
Like A&F is anything special anyways & IMO, each person should focus on themselves and only themselves when it comes to this type of thing. Look in the mirror and "fix" what you want, but don't go trying to "fix" everyone else for things they may not even see as wrong (and likely they shouldn't because it's NOT wrong.) A&F are sending the message that no matter what else, as long as you're a size 2-3 and below, you'll be good and pretty. Because the size of us is what will determine whether or not we live a happy, fulfilling, healthy life? WTH?! No.
Okay. Rant is over. Lol.