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.