So reads a new Abercrombie & Fitch t-shirt that makes SF Chron columnist Joan Ryan really angry.
I'll confess that the shirt slogans made me laugh when I read them, but when I think of 15 year olds wearing them I feel guilty for laughing.
Ryan's beef: with many teens killing themselves by binge drinking, teen meccas like A&F commit particularly heinous offensives when they glorify drinking. Do legal drinkers shop at A&F? Sure. But more often it's the teen - or even tween - set forking over mom and dad's hard earned dough for cheap, hole-ridden shirts and shredded jeans.
Does A&F owe any kind of fiduciary duty to teens as creators and purveyors of pop-culture?
Do parents owe any kind of duty to their children and the community generally to, um, parent? Who's footing the bill for these fashionistas? A&F can be pricey for me - imagine what a bite it takes out of the average teen's afterschool job.
Is it foolish to blame the free-market-lovin' Fitch?