Angry Shoppers are Painting Social Media Red in Response to These Old Navy Shirts
Old Navy is taking heat online after the retailer reportedly sold girls' shirts reading "Young Aspiring Artist," with the word artist crossed out in exchange for astronaut or president.
Here's a look.
Elizabeth Evans found the shirts at an Old Navy in Ocala, Florida.
"I originally saw it folded and got super excited about getting the shirt for my twin daughters," Evans told Tech Insider. "Then I unfolded it and saw artist crossed out."
The shirts stirred up plenty of artists on social media.
“This is just offensive. I wouldn't be who I am today if I wasn't an arts kid,” Tweeted Nicole Ehrhard.
“Young Aspiring ARTIST or PRESIDENT or ASTRONAUT @OldNavy or flautist painter actor musician designer. Dream BIG kids ANY way u want,” added Krystina Alabado.
“@OldNavy, my students and I spend fifteen hours a week in rehearsal. They don't get home until after seven some nights,” admonished TVHS Dramatics, a California performing arts high school.
Others argue that artists were responsible for designing and making the shirts in the first place - and that actors and musicians such as Julia Louise-Dreyfus and Amy Poehler model Old Navy merchandise.
“I guess #OldNavy forgot that artists design their clothes, stores, websites, and entire brand. #oops,” tweeted Joel Kramer.
“Old Navy thinks being an artist is a low bar goal? Who designs your clothing?” seconded Emily Beach Munday.
Twitter and Instagram Users had this to say:
Dear Gap / Old Navy, I'm really disappointed about this...this is pretty foul especially because you wouldn't even exist if not for the designers of your business plan, clothing, logo, buildings, landscape, layout, marketing plan etc. All of which were & are created by artists. Artists are equally as important as Astronauts and presidents. I'm not taking it personal because I know the value of art in the world. I do feel that someone should tell you that If you are not promoting the growth of young aspiring artists your company will most definitely fold, not in a very artistic way. You should absolutely clean up this BS and issue a public apology. P.S. The artist who designed this Tee needs some inspiration & the executive who approved the design needs evaluation. #Gap #OldNavy #shame #artist #artlife #aspiringtoaspire #bewhatyouwanttobe #weareallequallyimportant #ignorant #ignorance
UPDATE: Old Navy has discontinued the design. Here's an e-mail from Debbie Felix, an Old Navy spokesperson:
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.
However the shirts can still be found on their websites outside of the US here