One person posted the comment above on Twitter.
Close Caption
via Twitter.
T-Shirt Backlash
Are the slogans on these children’s tees offensive?

Two children’s T-shirts sold by the clothing store Old Navy recently caught the attention of many customers—but not for the garments’ style. Written across the front of the tees were the slogans: “Young Aspiring Artist Astronaut” and “Young Aspiring Artist President.” Many people felt that crossing out the word artist suggested that kids shouldn’t dream of becoming artists when they grow up.

Parents, artists, and customers took to Twitter and Facebook to express their concern over the shirts’ message. Many people were upset because they thought the slogans would discourage children from pursuing careers in creative fields. They believed that the tees would lead those kids who hope to someday become artists to feel like their goals aren’t as worthwhile as other kids’ ambitions.

Others questioned why those at Old Navy think being an astronaut or president is preferable to becoming an artist. Some social media users argued that many more kids will grow up to become artists than astronauts or presidents. They noted that artists work in many professions—as graphic designers, illustrators, art teachers, cartoonists, animators, and photographers—to name just a few. Some people pointed out that even Old Navy itself relies on artists to create its clothing designs.

But not everyone agrees that the tees’ messages are negative. Some believe the shirts—which were made for girls—actually encourage them to pursue prestigious careers usually dominated by men. Representatives at Old Navy also defended the shirt designs. A spokesperson for the company said that it sold a variety of graphic tees “meant to appeal to a wide range of aspirations.” But because of the backlash, officials at Old Navy decided to remove the shirts from the company’s website and stores. What do you think? Do Old Navy’s shirts inspire or discourage kids?

What do you think? Was the LEGO Group right to deny Ai’s order?

CRAFT AN ARGUMENT
1. Why were some people angered by the slogans printed on two of Old Navy’s T-shirts?
2. What argument did the company make to defend its shirts?
3. Should stores sell clothing that some might think is offensive?
Why or why not?


Some people are enraged by these tees because "Many people felt that crossing out the word artist suggested that kids shouldn’t dream of becoming artists when they grow up". "What the argument to defend these tees shirts was Some believe the shirts—which were made for girls—actually encourage them to pursue prestigious careers usually dominated by men".Should stores sell clothing that some might think is offensive? Why or why not? they should'nt because it could cause a problem with customers.
Posted by: James.G . | April 18, 2016 at 7:48 PM
I won't shop there again they are clearly ignorant of the issue
Posted by: Jlarsen . | April 18, 2016 at 7:49 PM
Some people are angered by the slogans printed on two of Old Navy’s T-shirts, because they believed kids that wanted to be artist when they grew up they think it isn’t worth while. The argument the company by telling the angered people it was meant to appeal to a wide range of aspirations. I think stores should be able to sell clothing that some people might find offensive because it is just clothing and not like it would do any real damage to society
Posted by: Joseph S. | April 25, 2016 at 9:37 PM
People are angered by the slogans on two of old navy's shirts because they thought that old navy was trying to make fun of artist or that their jobs aren't good enough. Old navy came back and argued that they were trying to say that girls can do jobs that mainly only men do, and they can do something like that if they tried. I think that people should be able to sell what they want to. If it offends you then its simple, dont buy it.
Posted by: Alexis k. | April 25, 2016 at 9:38 PM
Some people was angry because they were crossing out the word and putting things like president or astronaut instead of artist.they said people shouldn't dream of being an artist.the spokesperson of the company argued that his company sold the shirts as a variety of graphic tees meant to appeal to a wide range of aspirations. Yes i think even though people have their opinions they shouldn't cut off making money off some people just because 2/4 of the people take it offensive. I say if the company fill and are making money off what they have made they should stay in business with selling those items as long as possible.
Posted by: james s. | April 25, 2016 at 9:38 PM

Post a Comment

Comments are moderated by Scholastic Editors. Your comments will not appear until they are approved by the Editors.
Enter your first name and the first initial of your last name only :
Enter comments here: