The Abercrombie & Fitch quote from CEO Mike Jeffries is from 2006, but resurfaced this week. In an interview with Salon, Jeffries said, "A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely. Those companies that are in trouble are trying to target everybody: young, old, fat, skinny. But then you become totally vanilla. You don’t alienate anybody, but you don’t excite anybody, either.”
Jeffries excited plenty of folks with his awesomely lame comments. Sophia Bush expressed disdain through Twitter, saying a store geared toward teens should not allow its CEO to speak that way. Kirstie Alley says her teens will never shop at A&F.
Insensitive, ignorant remarks aside, I think there are just two points to be made here. 1: If you're going to suggest you're one of the cool, thin kids, you’d better be really, really, good looking. And while Mike Jeffries isn’t exactly a goblin, he’s also not going to be featured in any A&F posters anytime soon. 2: We already weren’t shopping at A&F because the cologne smell emanating from that store gives us a headache just by walking past it, let alone actually venturing into the store. Even images of buff shirtless guys aren’t enough to coax us through the doors anymore.
Hark, dear reader! For every pompous jerk with a platform, there's a funny guy out there figuring out how to right society’s wrongs. May I introduce Gary Karber:
Oh boy. Televangelist Pat Robertson tells a woman seeking to forgive her husband for infidelity to more or less get over it. “Stop talking about the cheating. He’s a man.” That’s not even the awesomely lame part. Robertson continues to go on about all the things the woman can do — none of which have anything to do with her struggle with forgiveness — to keep her husband from straying.
Insert heavy sigh here. I was cheated on by my husband of 20 years, but I’ll spare you the mental tirade these comments elicit. Here's the secret, Mr. Robertson: Cheating is a weak choice made by self-motivated individuals whose choice harms innocent people (children, in-laws, etc.) and themselves. No amount of “face-touching” or “providing” (what is being suggested here? That as long as he takes care of you, you should look the other way?) is going to keep someone who is of weak character from doing exactly what they want to do. That concludes my rant. Here's the clip spelling out Robertson’s infinite wisdom — prepare to be annoyed:
Amy and Samy Bouzaglo, owners of Amy’s Baking Company in Scottsdale, Arizona, weren’t famous — but they're doing everything in their power to rectify that. After appearing on Gordon Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, the couple was so obnoxious that a frustrated Gordon walked off the set! Since then, they've gone to social media to prove that their unflattering behavior wasn’t a fluke. On their official Facebook business page, the couple posted, “You are little punks. Nothing. You are all nothing. We are laughing at you. All of you, just fools. We have God on our side, you just have your sites.” Um, OK. Seems like kind of harsh language coming from a lady who makes cookies for a living. Aren’t bakers supposed to be jolly and kind?
In a “secret show” Wednesday night, Kanye did a remix of a different sort where he mixed music and rants. In one such rap/rant, he said/sang, “I don't know if you know there's one thing about me, but I'm not a celebrity. I don't know if you know there's one thing about me, but I'm a terrible, terrible celebrity. I don't know if you know there's one thing about me, but I'm the worst kind of celebrity.” He goes on to say/sing that he’s a musician, making the real sh*t, blah, blah, blah. So, riddle me this: Why does someone who so rejects celebrity status and being followed by the paparazzi hook up with the queen of reality TV, Kim Kardashian, who's made a lucrative living exposing her private life? And we do mean exposing.
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