Well, well, well. America’s favorite shop for the young, beautiful, and white, Abercrombie and Fitch, has to cough up $40 million to settle a racism suit. Seems they have a nasty tendency to hire and promote mostly white folks (based on race and looks, I’m sure) while either keeping the minority folks from moving up in the company or just not hiring them at all. But I’m sure it’s just a big misunderstanding, because they know better than to do that, right?
But wait…isn’t this the same company which tried to sell some t-shirts a couple of years ago which they soon came to regret? Why yes, they sold those infamous shirts featuring slant-eyed, conical hat-wearing, ching-chong cartoon Asian characters along with the slogan "Wong Brothers Laundry Service: Two Wongs Can Make it White". Ho, ho. Because, as everyone knows, all Asians have their own dry-cleaning business. Sigh. Don’t get me wrong, I can appreciate stereotype humor when it’s done right (like Margaret Cho or Shirley Q. Liquor), but this just wasn’t. Seeing A&F apologize for that one was quite entertaining…there’s just something fun about watching a company squirm and apologize when they should have known better in the first place. I recall one of the spokespeople actually saying that they didn’t find it offensive at all when it was being designed…"everyone in the office loved it." Well, considering the hiring and advertising practices they just got sued for, I’m sure they thought the shirt was hilarious. Tsk-tsk. But this company is always doing something stupid, it seems. I just wonder about a company who, in this day and age, thinks they can do this kind of shit without anyone noticing.
And if you’re an A&F shopper who loves the company loves drooling over their perfectly-formed white models who rarely seem to be wearing any of their clothes, please don’t bother emailing me and telling me. I really don’t care. 🙂