Reader @Jei_Monroe recently wrote in, saying, “I’m an avid reader of FBD & I know you’re up on most everything, but I came across this on my Tumblr, I wanted to know if you had seen the foolery Forever 21 advertised.”
” I’m not sure when they tweeted this but it’s evident it was not welcomed as they quickly deleted it. Maybe this can pose as a discussion on FBD. When is enough enough?”
I went onto Twitter to see if others had a similar reaction. @P_Matic wrote, “Eazy E rolling over in his grave.” @FrenchAssName_ said, “Another example of when black and white cultures collide. Capitalism/exploitation at its finest.” @Joy_Behar_Swagg mused, “Look at all this White Privilege,” and @Karynthia wrote, “See what Miley started?”
Cultural Commentator Pattie Lahelle truly weighed in on the topic in this Youtube video:
The young lady above touched on the real issue here. That of cultural appropriation, and capitalizing off of black culture to make a profit. This trend has become even more evident in recent months with the popularity of twerking, many artists wearing grills, and ‘it’ girls adopting hip-hop inspired gear (read our Fashion Discussion about Cultural Appropriation here).
Forever 21 hasn’t pulled the products (you can still get a ‘Statement Making’ City of Compton tee here for $14).
But it’s interesting to note that other retailers from Urban Outfitters to Plndr sell similar Compton gear. Why no outrage with them?
At any rate, the true question is: do you find Forever 21′s tees offensive? Or are people being overly sensitive?