Bloomingdale’s issued an apology on Monday for selling a shirt that read “Fake News,” and it has since removed the item from its department stores.
Bloomingdale’s pulled the shirt from its stores after a reporter for New York City news station WPIX suggested to the retailer that the article of clothing “delegitimizes” journalists.
Allison Kaden was shopping at a Bloomingdale’s store in White Plains, N.Y., on Sunday when she saw a mannequin wearing a shirt emblazoned with the words, “Fake News.” The phrase was made popular by President Trump, who uses it to dismiss reporting that he characterizes as false or sensational in nature.
“Hey @Bloomingdales,” Kaden tweeted, “this isn’t funny or fashionable. It further delegitimizes hard working journalists who bring REAL news to their communities.”
— Allison Kaden (@akadennews) February 10, 2019
The tweet quickly gained traction, and the department store chain replied accordingly, tweeting, “Thank you for bringing this to our attention and we apologize for any offense we may have caused. We take this feedback very seriously and are working quickly to remove this t-shirt. Again, thank you for taking the time to alert us.”
Thank you for bringing this to our attention and we apologize for any offense we may have caused. We take this feedback very seriously and are working quickly to remove this t-shirt. Again, thank you for taking the time to alert us.
— Bloomingdale's (@Bloomingdales) February 11, 2019
It is unclear how long the shirt had been for sale or how many had been sold. However, the shirt is not currently listed for sale on the Bloomingdale’s website.
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