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The Children's Place yanks controversial T-shirt after backlash. Are you offended?

Posted by Kristi Palma  August 6, 2013 08:50 AM

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The Children's Place has apologized and yanked a T-shirt from its stores after parents and others expressed outrage over its message. The purple shirt displays a list of "My best subjects" and checks off shopping, music, and dancing, but not math.

Here is a tweet by @AIsForOrg, a group dedicated to women's reproductive rights and choices:

The store tweeted this apology last night:

But wait. It looks like there are different versions of the shirt. A woman named April Kendall posted her daughter's shirt on The Children's Place Facebook page and math is checked off the list. She posted that she bought her shirt in Canada.

The company's Facebook page is full of discussion by parents who are for and against the shirt.

A woman named Nora Thompson posted this:

So glad you pulled that anti-intelligent-line of t-shirts. Wow, what a shocker to see girls being put down so openly.

Not everyone is offended. A woman named Brenda Lederer posted this:

The controversy over this shirt is ridiculous! My children's self worth is taught at home and is not deterred because of a shirt. Everyone needs to get off their high horse and grow a sense of humor!


What do you think?


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