There's no shortage of stereotype-stamped shirts for women -- see the recent Forever 21 t-shirt for women that reads "Allergic to Algebra," and we all remember this gem -- but now, a shirt has surfaced for men that may actually be worse.
"Why do I abuse you? Let me count the ways": That's the message printed across a t-shirt that menswear company Topman has released. The offending shirt, which the Daily Mail reports is marked "sold out" on the company's website, goes on to list possible reasons: "You provoked me," "I was drunk," "I couldn't help it," and "I hate you." Topman is also under fire for releasing a second t-shirt, barely better than the first, which proclaims: "Nice New Girlfriend: What Breed Is She?" comparing women to canines.
A spokesman for Topman posted the following statement on Facebook:
"We have received some negative feedback regarding two of our printed T-shirts. Whilst we would like to stress that these T-shirts were meant to be light-hearted and carried no serious meaning we have made the decision to remove these from store and online as soon as possible. We would like to apologise to those who may have been offended by these designs."
Jessica Pauline Ogilvie over at The Gloss gets it right when she says the apology from Topman is a cop-out. It's not that we can't take a joke, we just don't think that domestic violence is all that funny.
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