I keep hearing and reading about how the CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch made some douchebaggy comments about not wanting to have unattractive and/or fat people wear his clothing. According to my Facebook feed, and my corner of the vast internet, some people are getting a touch outraged about this. Frankly, I think there are more important things to focus on.
I’ve never cared for Abercrombie & Fitch, and I don’t know why it’s suddenly a news flash that their clothes are made for an exclusive (and sometimes douchebaggy) demographic. Wear their clothes? Great. Wear what you want. Don’t wear their clothes? Great. Wear what you want. But are we going to, next, complain about BabiesRUs because they are catering to a specific demographic? Honestly, I don’t think it is the biggest problem in the clothing industry. Did everyone already forget about this:
And an update, from two days ago,
Instead of going batshit about some douchy comments one dude made, why don’t we consider the dangerous and unjust manufacturing practices of the clothing industry at large? (including, yes, A&F).
Nobody is dying because of A&F’s discrimination against “fat” and “ugly” people (both of which are subjective terms to a point). But people suffer and die because of the manner in which the clothing is produced, regardless of the size or style. The above mentioned story is not one isolated incident. Another fire in November killed over 100 people.
I can’t say I know exactly what to do about it, but for the moment, I’m trying to vote with my dollars by shopping mostly reuse (thrift and vintage) and US made.
And no, I didn’t buy a bunch of A&F secondhand clothes to throw at homeless folk.