Old Navy Tees Discourage Toddlers from Being Artists

via ArtNet

Another day, another token douche revealed. The Internet’s running amuck over Old Navy’s discouraging new toddler t-shirts, which the retailer discontinued earlier today after viral controversy ensued. The tees in question boasted a “Young Aspiring Artist” slogan with “Artist” crossed out and replaced with either “Astronaut” or “President.”

Aren’t artists more often than not a conduit for social change—more so than, say an astronaut? Defining cultural events, such as the Harlem Renaissance wouldn’t have been possible without artists; there would be little social commentary without artists and visionaries like Susan Sontag and Friedrich Nietzsche both progressed human thought through their art. What’s most ironic about this fiasco is an artist likely conceptualized Old Navy’s t-shirt.

Thankfully, the San Francisco-based retailer has since pulled the controversial product offline and an official spokesperson released the following statement:

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.

 

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