2 months ago
Reposted from @nycscr - Reposted from @sophiegamand - EDIT: the item seems to have been removed from their online store but I was told it’s sold in stores. So it’s worth continuing sharing!
Apparently @Forever21 thinks their new “tough guy” look featuring a pit bull wearing a heavy padlocked chain around the neck is super cool. This design, currently sold by Forever21, perpetuates the idea that pit bulls are worth less than other dogs, that they are dangerous, commodities you can chain up, as if they weren’t just as vulnerable as any other dog. My guess is, it’s sheer ignorance on Forever21’s part, but ignorance is no longer an excuse, and they are hopefully about to learn a valuable lesson when the Internet Hell breaks loose on them. .
It baffles me that people can be so disconnected from the reality for these dogs. But of course, how could they know when they’ve never volunteered with a rescue, or witnessed the horror these dogs face daily? During my recent exhibition in New York, I featured similar chains and padlocks that had been removed from pit bulls seized in cruelty cases. Swipe to see the reaction of a normal human being – one of my exhibit’s visitors - in front of those objects of torture. Yet these silly designers think it’s so cool to wear this image on a hoodie? .
Hey, Forever21, just swipe to see a video of a real chained pit bull I met once in Texas. A dog that was kept like that and for whom I couldn’t do anything because people like you think it’s so cool, and some politicians see nothing wrong in this. Look at that dog’s eyes and tell me there is nothing wrong with this image, and that you stand 100% behind your “pit bull graphic hoodie” design.
Link to the hoodie is in my story, but you can just Google “Forever21 Pit Bull”: https://www.forever21.com/us/shop/catalog/product/21men/mens-main/2000330429. - #regrann