How offensive can a piece of cotton with some writing across it be? Let us count the ways. It can carry the message that girls are stupid. That looks are more important than anything. Or that math is hard. Or, it can carry the message that men think women are basically dogs and…have numerous, justifiable reasons for beating them. At least, it could be read that way. The latest in the most offensive T-shirt contest that seems to be going on these days among J.C. Penney, Forever 21, and, now, Topman, are two that say, respectively, “Nice new girlfriend. What breed is she?” and “I’m so sorry, but” — “You provoked me,” “I was drunk,” “I was having a bad day,” “I hate you,” “I didn’t mean it,” “I couldn’t help it.” Isn’t it fun to pick which one applies for that particular moment?
As it goes in these modern times, Topman has since been overwhelmingly criticized on Twitter and the Internet of Justice in general, because, let’s face it, these shirts are a terrible idea. And…they aren’t particularly attractive, either. Topman apologized and said in a statement, posted on their Facebook page (and also tweeted): “We have received some negative feedback regarding two of our printed T-shirts. Whilst we would like to stress that these T-shirts were meant to be light-hearted and carried no serious meaning we have made the decision to remove these from store and online as soon as possible. We would like to apologise to those who may have been offended by these designs.”
One thing about these shirts, though, is that they might have a good purpose. If you actually saw a man wearing one, you would know immediately to stay far, far away. Now I suppose women will just have to rely on their brains to figure out who the assholes are.