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Zara Pulls Pajama Top Over Complaints It Looks Like Concentration Camp Uniform

Zara Pulls Pajama Top Over Complaints It Looks Like Concentration Camp Uniform

Some of us look at this shirt and see a cute, striped top festooned with a pretty star and the word “sheriff.” Others look at the Zara toddler’s pajama top and see a nearly exact-replica of a concentration camp uniform worn by millions of Jews killed during the Holocaust. The yellow star on the shirt strongly resembles the six-pointed Star of David, which the Nazis forced Jewish citizens to wear in public. In response to a public outcry on Twitter,  Zara has pulled the pajama top from its stores and Zara.com — though it insists the resemblance to concentration camp uniforms was unintentional. In fact, Zara said in a statement to the UK’s Guardian, “The garment was inspired by the classic Western films,” hence the word “sheriff” across the badge. Admittedly, you can barely see the word “sheriff” from images online, so it does look rather tasteless. Better luck next time, Zara. [Consumerist; Guardian UK]

Armani Mislabels Black Actress Alfre Woodard As Black Actor Idris Elba On Instagram

Armani mislabels actress Alfre Woodard as actor Idris Elba

Do you know this actress’s name? It’s not a big deal if you don’t. I didn’t, until I used Google, which is what you do when you don’t know a famous person’s name and you’re going to write about them on the Internet, right? I can tell you who she isn’t, though, and that’s actor Idris Elba. I am absolutely certain of this. Armani’s social media people, on the other hand? Not so much. Keep reading »

Elle Magazine Promotes “North Korea Chic” As Hot Fall Trend

Elle magazine includes "North Korea Chic" as fashion trend

For the most part, Elle‘s list of “top fashion trends” for this autumn reads like any other: nautical, punk, pastels, Victorian, and Wednesday Addams are all fairly standard fodder for style inspiration. But one of these things is not like the others, and that thing would be “North Korea Chic,” which creative director Joe Zee is attempting to laud as “the next big thing.” Keep reading »

Kylie Jenner Sparks Twitter Frenzy Over Her Misuse Of The Term “Bipolar”

Kylie Jenner

The kombined Kardashian-Jenner klan is famous (“famous”) for lots of things (or, rather, one thing that has splintered off into lots of things): multiple revealing reality television shows, media ubiquity, 72-day marriages, explicit discussion and occasional tasting of bodily fluids, giving birth on camera … you get it. Not one of these things even begins to imply that they are known for any intellectual capacity or emotional sensitivity. Sure, they’re “smart,” in the same way someone like Miley Cyrus is smart — they know how to keep their names in the headlines. (Or their mother does, at least.)

So that’s why it’s depressing, but not at all surprising, that Kylie Jenner went ahead and stirred up some controversy of her own on the Twitters yesterday, posting an old photo of herself with a past hair color with the caption, “I miss my black hair I’m so bipolar :( .” :(, indeed, because girl, YOU ARE NOT BIPOLAR. I can’t even begin to describe the idiocy of this type of misuse of a word — changing your mind about something does not, I repeat, does not a bipolar person make. But hey, on the bright(er) side, at least she acknowledges that bipolar disorder exists, unlike her boyfriend Jaden Smith‘s family. Ain’t nothing Xenu can’t cure! (And no, they still have yet to pinpoint a medical term to describe whatever is amiss with Kris Jenner.) [Gossip Cop]

The Skeevy Dudes Of Simple Pickup Motorboat For Money For Breast Cancer Awareness

The Skeevy Dudes Of Simple Pickup Motorboat For Money For Breast Cancer Awareness
Sexual Harassment For A Good Cause!

Let’s get one thing straight: I would not permit the bros behind YouTube channel Simple Pickup to motorboat me for any amount of money for any cause. That would be a resounding NO. In the name of breast cancer awareness, however, the guys managed to persuade over 100 women into allowing one of them to squeeze their breasts together, stick his face between them, and, well, motorboat ‘em.

Unlike the rest of the Simple Pickup “pranks,” which range from videos of them harassing strangers at gay-pride parades to tips and advice for “guys like you” to “get laid” (ew), this one is seemingly not only harmless, but well-intentioned: they’ll donate $20 for every woman who lets them get on in there. They made $2,080, but this clip is little more than yet another installment in the growing case of taking Breast Cancer Awareness Month and turning it into a sexualized sham that’s more about letting weird dudes grab your tits than cancer prevention, and there’s no glory in that. In fact, some of Simple Pickup’s tougher online critics call for the group to be called out by law enforcement for sexual (and otherwise) harassment. No way, man, they’re just trying to help “guys like you” to “get laid,” right?! It’s totally honorable! [The Daily Dot]

Forever 21 Cites The Philosophies Of Ayn Rand With Their “Unstoppable Muscle Tee”

Forever 21 Cites The Philosophies Of Ayn Rand With Their "Unstoppable Muscle Tee"

When I think of Forever 21, I definitely think of ethical egoism and the Objectivist movement, not sweatshop-like labor conditions and cozy accessories starting at $2.80. You can find this “Unstoppable Muscle Tee” emblazoned with an Ayn Rand quote referring to the author’s capitalist-based theory of Objectivism, the basis of which is that the moral purpose of life is “rational self-interest,” right next to the “Free Spirit Weekender Dress,” which reads “Pizza, Love, Boys, Music, Parties, Dancing, Whatever.” Pizza, love, boys, music, parties, dancing, Objectivism, whatever! [Time]

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