Clothing chain Old Navy has created quite the controversy with their T-shirt design for children that reads “young aspiring artist” with the word “artist” crossed out and replaced with the word “astronaut” or “president.”
You would think that the distasteful shirt design is just an internet hoax, but Old Navy has confirmed that the shirts are real. The “young aspiring artist” shirt, in fact, was for sale for $9.94 in their “Funny Baby T Shirts” section.
MD Theatre Guide reached out to Old Navy for a response about their controversial shirt. The following is their email, unedited.
Statement from Debbie Felix, Old Navy spokesperson:
“At Old Navy we take our responsibility to our customers seriously. We would never intentionally offend anyone, and we are sorry if that has been the case. Our toddler tees come in a variety of designs including tees that feature ballerinas, unicorns, trucks and dinosaurs and include phrases like, ‘Free Spirit.’ They are meant to appeal to a wide range of aspirations. With this particular tee, as a result of customer feedback, we have decided to discontinue the design and will work to remove the item from our stores.”
MD Theatre Guide “Young Aspiring” T-Shirts:
Just for fun, we whipped up our own “Young Aspiring” T-Shirt mock designs! Who else would you add? Maybe, “Young Aspiring Techie”?