Urban Outfitters, known for its try-hard snark, has once again enraged the Internet with yet another display of tastelessness. The brand released a “vintage” Kent State University sweatshirt adorned with red speckles. This wouldn’t be alarming if Kent State University wasn’t the home of the 1970 massacre in which the National Guard killed four students and injured nine during the Vietnam War protests. This also wouldn’t be alarming if the red “vintage” speckles didn’t bear an obvious resemblance to blood. Alas, we’re yet again offended and should we be surprised?
Greetings from the sky!
My blog has been a little bare since last week, but for good reason. I’m currently embarking on a visit to New York City and am just flying over Florida as we speak. During my stay I’ll be attending the BCBGMAXAZRIA runway show, celebrating by 25th birthday, and soaking in the surreal ambiance of Manhattan.
Award show after award show, I’ve come to learn that when you roll out the red carpet, you roll out the criticisms of every audience member. This week’s VMAs and Emmys were a back-to-back tennis match of “who wore what” jargon. I’m all for highlighting the best red carpet looks and I might make a remark about a dress I didn’t love here and there, but while scrolling through the comment sections of many articles I was astounded to find criticisms that ran deep. When will we realize that shaming other women with derogatory language and crude comments is scrapping at the bottom of the barrel of civility?
I follow sites like Buzzfeed religiously and I expect the discussion area to be filled with a mixture of thoughtful, brilliant, lewd and idiotic remarks. Forums are meant for debates – that’s just a fact. I was pretty disturbed to find some of the horrendous things girls are saying about Lena Dunham’s eye-catching Giambattista Valli ensemble. I say eye-catching in the best sense of the word because while I will agree with the some of the wittier Twitter comments bantering about things Lena Dunham looked like (including a beautiful ombre wedding cake), she was bold in her decision and felt comfortable in it. As she stated herself on Twitter, the dress “looks like cake and feels like sweatpants.” Some of the comments are embarrassing for women who are actually trying to better each other and carry the feminist movement rather than stunt its growth.
Body shaming; From overanalyzing our bone structure to punishing ourselves for putting on water weight, self-criticism is something that is predominant and frightening in most women. As I write to you, I’m tempted to tell you that I’m currently guilty of drinking two glasses of wine and noshing on Ghirardelli squares. When it comes down to it, “guilty” is the most trivial adjective I could select, so why does it seem so natural to say?