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5 Times Popular Brands Offended Their Customers

So, the shirt that was an offence to Jewish women and created by Nordstrom is finally gone. After recording the protest from the community, the brand announced via tweet about its pulling the Hanukkah sweater from the collection.

It is not the first time, it has happened. The brands seemingly have a thing with offensive designs and statement on their clothing and continue the behavior despite of always receiving from bad to aggressive reviews. Few take it back and few continue it even at the cost of hurting their brand reputation.

Here is a list of clothing brands who have been offensive to the customers. Few have done this repeatedly.

Adidas called it Shackle

5 Times Popular Brands Offended Their Customers

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It was in 2012, when Adidas faced an outcry over a design of Jeremy Scott who added a cuff to go around ankle. The brand first promoted the shoe style with statements like:


The design of the JS Roundhouse Mid is nothing more than the designer Jeremy Scott's outrageous and unique take on fashion and has nothing to do with slavery”.

But when the reaction continued, the brand decided to not let this Shackle go out for sale. The brand stated: 

We apologize if people are offended by the design and we are withdrawing our plans to make them available in the marketplace”.

    Urban Outfitters did it 14 times

5 Times Popular Brands Offended Their Customers

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Every young fashionable being is known to the brand that does so much to grab attention with every collection. Sure it went wrong quite a few times when the brand sound offensive more than interesting. The brand has been offensive to Holo-Caust and when its shirt was inspired (apparently) from Kent State massacre. The brand however denied it in their official statements.

Not just to communities or victims, the brand has outraged parents too who were shocked to find the “Punk as F**k” and “Marijuana” stickers on the store’s website for sale. The website later removed them from sale.

Forever 21’s two Controversial Tees

5 Times Popular Brands Offended Their Customers

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The fashion seller popular among youngsters with low budgets was not liked at two occasions for its design efforts. The brand which rarely discontinues its design activities following the reaction of brands who they are blamed of copying, didn’t follow the pattern with their consumers.

The shirts that had written “Straight out of Compton” and “Allergic to Algebra” were not seen on the website soon after the strict reaction of the consumers on social media.

   The Children’s Place lighter note about habits

5 Times Popular Brands Offended Their Customers

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Most busy parents had been shopping here years for online and liked that experience until they found this shirt which checked all fun activities except for doing Math.

The shirt was removed from the store, yet many parents discontinued their shopping activities for a while as a sign of aggression.

JC Penney

5 Times Popular Brands Offended Their Customers

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A widely popular brand among all distinct consumer segments, JC Penney was also reported to sell this controversial shirt which seemed like a wrong idea to parents. The “too pretty to do homework” shirt had an online petition signed against it and was therefore off the racks. 

Published On: November 14, 2015

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