There’s a fine line between “edgy” and “offensive.” Retailers sometimes have to learn that lesson the hard way, with stores that cater to a young and hip crowd getting in the most trouble. When a retailer shows poor taste, though, the internet responds
Stores pulled every item of clothing on this list from the shelf following massive public outcry. For some, it’s easy to see why. Others, you might not agree with the controversy. Either way, though, these clothes are definitely controversial. In fact, they’re too controversial for the marketplace.
1. Selling Tragedy
“We lost four students that day while nine others were wounded and countless others were changed forever,” said a statement from Kent State University.
“We take great offense to a company using our pain for their publicity and profit,” the statement continued. “This item is beyond poor taste and trivializes a loss of life that still hurts the Kent State Community today.”
2. Marketing Mental Illness
3. Spreading the Wrong Message
4. Robin Thicke…for Children
So it’s not a song you’d associate with, you know, children. Target somehow missed that point when they sold a pint-sized T-shirt portraying My Little Pony’sRainbow Dash along with the words “Blurred Lines.”
5. No Politics
We will be removing the items soon. Please allow us 24 hours. Thank you for understanding. We do not want our members to be unhappy. This item is sold by a third-party seller via the Sears Marketplace. Given the feedback we’ve received, we are currently evaluating the items in question to determine appropriate action. We will fix it and ensure this is not repeated.
6. Uncomfortable Shoes