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Gap Tee Pulled From Stores

By Kim Anne Oct 17, 2012 10:51PM
 

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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Oct 18, 2012 6:42AM
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But a Che T-Shirt is OK?  F you leftists.
Oct 18, 2012 6:41AM
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I don't usually reply to nonsensical articles, but this one is truly abstract. When in hell did Manifest Destiny become associated with genocide. Apparently those of us who were actually educated in our public schools - that is prior to the DOE becoming involved - know the difference between political **** and real history. Who started the negative campaign against an absurdly innocuous t-shirt? I must question their motives because there is absolutely nothing offensive here. And, by the way, I am very much a social liberal so don't cast aspersions. I'm also a sensible, reasonably well educated (thanks to our public schools) and modestly articulate senior, not to mention a Vietnam era draftee vet with honorable discharge. This PC crap has got to end.

 

 

Oct 18, 2012 6:37AM
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Ridiculous. This openly mocks a notion that is foolish. Great shirt.


Oct 18, 2012 6:31AM
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I never knew that "manifest destiny" was a phrase meaning genocide.   I am educated and 40 yrs old.  I am certain that 90% of the population also did not know.
However, now every 10 year old on up knows and will be wearing $5 beach and beer t-shirts with that phrase on it thanks to a shirt that ACTUALLY says "think up your own destiny" which is a POSITIVE statement for youth to do.
I can see all the soccer moms running around screaming " THE CHILDREN, MY GOD the CHILDREN!!"  " What will they think?!!" 
Answer-- Whatever you put in their heads you idiots.  tell a teenager not to do what you really want them to do.

Oct 18, 2012 6:19AM
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All this PC BS makes me want to puke.

Oct 18, 2012 6:09AM
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Who cares.  It only means that white europeans came to this continent and made it the greatest country in the world. Every country was conquered by someone. Some worked and some didn't. Let's evolve.
Oct 18, 2012 6:08AM
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Total BS.  If someone doesn't like the shirt, don't buy it...the uproar is most definitely unjustified.  Shut the hell up...! 
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