Too Pretty for Homework…

I noticed a minor Twitter-storm recently. American retailer, JC Penny was selling a T-shirt, Which bore the Legend “I’m Too Pretty for Homework, so My Brother Has To Do It For Me.

Pretty crass. If I saw it, I would think that I wouldn’t want MY daughter wearing that, and I wouldn’t buy it. But then I believe in freedom. A lefty seeing the same thing has exactly the same reaction, but adds “… and I think NO-ONE should be ALLOWED to buy it either”

They then accuse the store of Gender Stereotyping and furiously dash off angry screeds, and then bask in the glow of VICTORY when JC Penny put the following up

“JCPenney is committed to being America’s destination for great style and great value for the whole family. We agree that the “Too pretty” t-shirt does not deliver an appropriate message, and we have immediately discontinued its sale. Our merchandise is intended to appeal to a broad customer base, not to offend them. We would like to apologize to our customers and are taking action to ensure that we continue to uphold the integrity of our merchandise that they have come to expect.”

I mean I sort-of agree, I sort of understand, but it just wouldn’t occur to me to give a shit enough to do anything about it beyond not buying it. This endless activism of the left, over mere trifles like t-shirt slogans strikes me as a bit hysterical, and it scares me, as it’s more evidence of the left ruling offside speech they deem wrong. Today, a mildly offensive kiddies t-shirt slogan. Tomorrow, criticism of the Sainted Obama. Am I wrong to think like this and fear their tactics?

10 replies
  1. Single acts of tyranny
    Single acts of tyranny says:

    Er, it's also true. Which is why the left hate it.

    And come to that, when was the last time you saw a hot leftie chick? A great deal of female socialism is just re-cycled sixth-form jealousy of the girl they hated for being prettier, more slender and more popular with the boys than they ever were.

    Thus, the visceral hatred.

  2. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Tomorrow, criticism of the Sainted Obama. Am I wrong to think like this and fear their tactics?

    Indeed. At what point does it become a crime to offer criticism of Sejanus.

  3. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Does nobody do irony, sarcasm and intelligent humour anymore?

    The slogan was one of the funniest I have seen in years and all women at Oxbridge should wear one, just for the hell of it.

  4. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    The left have been rampant over the last few years with their bansturbation.

    Hence debate about immigration, radical islam, the sheer uselessness of Jackie Smith have been supressed by waving the racism and sexism cards.

    It's the left's modus operandi.. they can't win the argument so ban it outright in the first place..

  5. Prodicus
    Prodicus says:

    If you're reading this, CEO of J C Penney, here's an idea – no charge.

    Open an "Irony Clothing" section in your stores for this T and lots more like it (ask me if you need a source). Advertise 'Irony T-shirts On Sale! Sardonic Prices!' in the New York Times and the Washington Post, explaining in the body-copy that 'irony' has nothing to do with ironing.

  6. Anonymous
    Anonymous says:

    Ah hold on, I'm a bit confused. Do left people want to ban things and right people want to look on indulgently? Does anyone want to talk about it? Many children have their own money and make their own decisions; they've got something to say about it too. Sooner or later it won't be entirely up to mum or dad. They may appreciate a conversation about it. They don't get any choice about being subject to advertising. They are exposed to more of it than we were. They don't have any choice about needing to construct their identities in a world with fewer certainties and which requires us to be sophisticated consumers. It seems that banning things doesn't help, not giving it any thought doesn't help, one company withdrawing apologetically doesn't make the slightest difference. Maybe help isn't wanted – maybe it's not needed – maybe it is. What do we know unless we test it out? If buying a T shirt like that seems like a bad idea then talking about it seems like a good idea – but with children. They'd probably tell us to stop worrying – but they might not – it might be something they want to talk about. I've always thought that the T-Shirt Slogan I'd go for is 'It's more complicated than that'. I don't suppose anyone would buy it.

  7. JimmyGiro
    JimmyGiro says:

    "Er, because boys aren't pretty?"

    Well, if a middle-aged man says a sixteen year old girl is pretty, he is accused of 'perversion'; whereas if Justin Bieber is called lovely, you're Alan Carr:

    As a side note, the propaganda units of the BBC and the Grauniad, have just announced that prosecutions for 'child sex offences' have increased by 60% in the last year. I wonder how many of the felons are in fact teenage boys who had sex with teenage girls?


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