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Pops Red
03-23-2004, 09:19 PM
W.Va. governor angry over Abercrombie T-shirt that spoofs state

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By the Associated Press

March 22 2004

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Gov. Bob Wise sent a letter to Abercrombie & Fitch on Monday demanding that the clothing retailer stop selling a T-shirt that spoofs the state with the slogan, "It's All Relative in West Virginia."

Wise said the T-shirt depicts "an unfounded, negative stereotype of West Virginia."

"I write to you today to demand that you immediately remove this item from your stores and your print and online catalogues," Wise wrote. "In addition, these shirts must be destroyed at once to avoid any possibility of resale and proof be given thereof."

Abercrombie & Fitch spokesman Tom Lennox said the T-shirt, which features the slogan on an outline of the state, has been selling well at $22.50. He could not say how much it would cost the company if the T-shirts were destroyed.

"We love West Virginia. We love California, Florida, Connecticut, Hawaii and Nebraska too. Abercrombie & Fitch was born and raised in the USA, and we honor all 50 states in the union," said Lennox, director of investor relations and corporation communications for the New Albany, Ohio-based company.

Wise called the T-shirt an "offensive item" that "subjects our youth to unsubstantiated and false impressions of West Virginia."

"Indeed, such a depiction of West Virginians undermines our collective efforts to communicate a positive representation of the spirit and values of our citizens," the governor wrote.

Some residents also said the T-shirt was offensive while others found it amusing.

"I find it highly offensive. I can't understand how it is acceptable for Abercrombie & Fitch to make a profit off of a horrible stereotype of West Virginia," said Joe Jarvis with Wisdom Radio in Bluefield. "In other states, people see us as uneducated, inbreeding hillbillies, and that is why I am irate."

Caroline Moore of Charleston said the T-shirt didn't bother her.

"This shirt, the shirt itself, doesn't offend me. It covers more than most of their stuff," Moore said.

Choski Harman, a student at Concord College in Athens, said she bought the shirt because she thought it was funny.

West Virginia is not the only state that is spoofed on an Abercrombie & Fitch T-shirt. Another shirt's slogan is "New Hampshire. 40 million squirrels can't be wrong."

Vagabond
03-24-2004, 06:10 AM
That is much better than saying ``Armpit of America``
vagabond

pooltchr
03-24-2004, 06:47 AM
A recent check online has the shirt in all sizes on back-order! Seems as if there are a lot of people who aren't offended by it.

Iowashark
03-24-2004, 09:22 AM
I read somewhere that they make this exact shirt for EACH state. I'm sure 75% of young Americans wish they lived somewhere else, so of course this is probably a popular shirt. I do, however, think it's ridiculous to want to take it off the shelves.

PQQLK9
03-25-2004, 04:17 PM
"I Know Her Uncle, Daddy and Cousin (And He's a Real Nice Guy)." /ccboard/images/graemlins/smile.gif

UWPoolGod
03-25-2004, 04:25 PM
That Squirrels in Connecticut one is funny but anyone who has visited the U. of Washington campus knows its not a joke. They are everywhere and if they had opposible thumbs they would take over the world. Monsters.