The offending item is simple enough, long-sleeved and white. But the words splashed across the front, which suggested children shouldn’t aspire to become artists, ignited fury on Twitter and other social media sites.
— Victor Ng (@victomato) December 30, 2015
The irony of the shirt was not lost on the interwebs.
— anxious gargoyle (@RileyRedgate) December 30, 2015
And many vowed never to step in an Old Navy store again.
— Judy Kovacs (@judy_kovacs) December 30, 2015
The company promptly responded and stopped selling the toddler shirt. A spokesperson told The Daily Mail: “At Old Navy we take our responsibility to our customers seriously. We would never intentionally offend anyone, and we are sorry if that has been the case. Our toddler tees come in a variety of designs including tees that feature ballerinas, unicorns, trucks and dinosaurs and include phrases like, ‘Free Spirit.’ They are meant to appeal to a wide range of aspirations. With this particular tee, as a result of customer feedback, we have decided to discontinue the design and will work to remove the item from our stores.”
But leave it to artists to get creative in their response to the shirt. Perhaps Old Navy should consider one of these designs as a replacement?
— Leilani Joy (@MissLeilaniJoy) December 30, 2015
— artsology (@artsology) December 29, 2015
— Hillary Porter (@HillaryFPorter) December 31, 2015
— Steve Ogden (@SteveOgdenArt) December 30, 2015
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