T-Shirt Says to "Eat Less"Posted on Jun 4th 2010 2:00PM by Ashley Neglia
First there was "Voting Is For Old People." Then there was "Obama/Black." Now, the latest Urban Outfitters T-shirt to incite rage from the blogosphere comes as a drab soft knit tee marketed to women and scrawled with the words "Eat Less."
In an attempt to preemptively assuage critics, the T-shirt's description reads: "Eat less or more or however much you'd like in this seriously soft knit tee cut long and topped with a V-neck." Gee, thanks for the permission. However, it seems that this half-hearted effort fell on deaf ears, and as of Friday morning, the T-shirt has been pulled from UrbanOutfitters.com.
Whether it's a Christmas tree ornament called the "Glittering Gun" or a T-shirt reading "Fathers It's Up To You To Preserve Your Daughter's Virginity," Urban Outfitters has never been one to shy away from the politically incorrect. And, depending upon its audience, their products don't necessarily provoke the kind of backlash received by "Eat Less."
Infuriated bloggers call the shirt a blatant promotion for anorexia, suggesting that the company is encouraging eating disorders in its young female customers. While I'm not so sure it was Urban Outfitters's intention to be the Pied Piper for potential bulimics and anorexics alike, draping the shirt over a very thin model didn't do much to help its case.
While I'm all for irony and parody when well-executed, I vehemently disagree with one reader from "The Cleveland Leader," who wrote: "Considering that in the United States we have an epidemic of morbid obesity, I think the message is poignant and witty." It seems poignancy and wit are in the eye of the beholder.
Not only is the shirt's message devoid of humor and clever subtext, but it's either supporting or (worse) making fun of a serious, often life-threatening disease that affects millions of men and women -- some of whom are still young and impressionable enough to take this kind of insipid shirt to heart.
Tell us what you think. Are you offended by "Eat Less" or do you think it's being blown out of proportion?
See what That's Fit writer Ashley Neglia had to say regarding the rumors about Tori Spelling's thin frame.