Forever 21 has sparked outrage on social media after selling a men’s T-shirt that many say “promotes rape culture.”
The plain white T-shirt features box lettering that says “Don't Say Maybe If You Want To Say No” across the chest. It retailed for $19.90 and has been on sale since February, the Daily Mail reported.
Social media users have been talking about the controversial T-shirt for some time now.
“Gotta love that rape culture at @Forever21,” one Twitter user named Liam wrote, according to the Daily Mail. “I'm ashamed for your company.”
More recently, Cosmopolitan editor Hannah Smothers slammed the popular retailer, questioning how they could have let such a shirt go on sale in the first place.
“Surely there were several sets of eyes within Forever 21's infrastructure who saw this slogan and said, ‘Yep, looks good,’ before it went up on the site for sale,” Smothers wrote. “Surely at least one of those people might've had a conscience, or the brainpower to think critically about this slogan, and say, ‘Hey, guys, wait a minute, does this maybe come across as rapey?’
“But no! I guess not! Because now, for just $19.90, you can be the owner of maybe the worst T-shirt I've literally ever seen in my life.”
Another Twitter user known as Mike the Manic Geek accused Forever 21 of “justifying sexual assault and placing blame on the women," the Daily Mail notes.
“Who even thought this was a f'ing good idea?” he added. “This is the kind of s**t that promotes rape culture. How is it even a thing?”
On March 14, Forever 21 removed the T-shirt from its website. They issued the following statement:
Forever 21 strives to exemplify the highest ethical standards and takes feedback and product concerns very seriously. With regards to the t-shirt in question, upon receiving feedback from our customers, we took immediate action to have it removed from our website. We sincerely apologize to anyone who was offended by the product.