A few months ago, there was a big controversy over a girl’s t-shirt sold at JC Penny that read “I’m too pretty to do homework.” After complaints, JC Penny pulled the shirt from the shelves.
Now, another big retailer is under fire for selling even more offensive children’s t-shirts (see tasteless shirt pictured left).
Yesterday, after a call from The New York Daily News, SEARS took a bunch of toddler-sized t-shirts off their online site with sayings like “Don’t Kick Me in the Fallopian Tubes” and “Don’t Kick Me in the Birth Canal”.
But, as of right now, “Hung Like Daddy” and “Nice Girls Don’t Pepper Spray” are still available for purchase.
Why in the world any parent would want to put these shirts on their toddler is beyond me. If anything, having your toddler walk around in a “Hung Like Daddy” t-shirt is not a very good advertisement for your husband (ahem).
But shame on SEARS for even giving parents the option.
I’m not an overly sensitive person— I even created a line of Snooki-inspired onesies yesterday as a joke— but these aren’t even funny. They are in incredibly poor taste, some even condoning violence.
I also think there is a difference between putting your newborn in an offensive onesie for laughs and putting your toddler in an offensive t-shirt.
A baby has no idea what is going on while a toddler has a growing vocabulary and awareness of his environment. While he may not be able to read, he can certainly understand people’e positive or negative reactions to his clothing.
I get that people like to push the envelope but I don’t believe people should put that need on their children.
Children are not platforms for parental shock value.
Plus there are plenty of toddler t-shirts out there that are funny/clever/ironic/etc. without being tasteless, offensive and really— just plain dumb.
Here are fourteen examples of “TASTEFUL (BUT STILL FUNNY) TODDLER T-SHIRTS”.