Foschini withdraws sexist T-shirts

2011-10-26 12:25
Cape Town - The Foschini Group has withdrawn three T-shirts from their stores because they are deemed sexist, the Cape Times newspaper reported on Wednesday.

The T-shirts were meant to be tongue-in-cheek, but had caused offence to some customers, communications manager Kathryn Sakalis told the newspaper.

"We’ve got hundreds of Ts with different slogans. Those withdrawn are three we felt crossed the line between humorous and offensive," she said.

The T-shirts - all for men - had slogans such as “how to get laid” and “I put the STD in STUD, all I need is U”.

Social networking storm

The removal of the T-shirts also comes after FeministsSA asked its followers to boycott all Foschini stores until all the offensive sweaters had been removed.

The T-shirts were being sold at Markhams and Sports Scene shops.

Sakalis did not know how many had been manufactured, but said the withdrawal was immediate.

The withdrawal followed complaints from customers who thought the wording was offensive to women. The T-shirts also caused a buzz on social networking sites such as Twitter.

"We have heard what the community said and will not hesitate to act immediately and take quick action," she said.

In a message posted on the Hayes Happenings website, Taryn Hayes thanked the group for its decision.

"It would have been easy for the group to choose to ignore the moral high ground," Hayes said.

"Instead you have chosen to respect the public, your customers and the country by choosing to take a financial hit in removing these T-shirts."
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