Gap Tee Pulled From Stores
Gap has pulled one of its T-shirts from store shelves after a wave of controversy began over the words on the tee.
The tee, a collaboration with GQ Magazine, has been receiving negative attention since its debut when customers began commenting about it via Twitter, Facebook and email, says Blackbookmag.com.
What’s so controversial about the shirt? It says the words “manifest destiny” on it, a phrase commonly associated with the genocide of indigenous American people as a result of U.S. westward expansion during the 19th century.
After all the customer comments, Gap finally released a statement of its own, saying “Thank you for your feedback regarding the ‘Manifest Destiny” t-shirt. Based on customer feedback, we will no longer offer the t-shirt in our stores or online.
Tell us on Facebook: Do you think the tee is inappropriate, or is the uproar unjustified?
Photo: Courtesy Gap
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Never mind the shirt: what is perversely fascinating is the depth of ignorance in the bizarre comments on the article. Why is anyone blaming (or even mentioning) - utterly inapplicable- "Marxism?" None of you invoking Marx appear to have any clue what Marx wrote. And constitutionally protected free speech? Equally inapplicable to the situtation in the piece. And if you mistakenly believe that this 'controversy' has something to do with the Constitution, you'd better go check out the First Amendment. And as for Manifest Destiny, it was a religious rationale for the expansion west in a manner offensive to any modern sensibilities, and if you do not know that, you don't know what that phrase signified either, and you should be reading- history, a dictionary, economics, anything - rather than writing here.
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