It is not a good time to be an Abercrombie & Fitch employee.
First, the company comes under fire for CEO Mike Jeffries‘ repulsive comments regarding who the retailer wants wearing their brand. Now, after a t-shirt mocking their idol appeared on shelves, Abercrombie is earning the ire of Taylor Swift fans who are likely never, ever getting back together with the company.
The shirt in question? A white tee (viewable here) with silver print on the front that reads “# more boyfriends than t.s.” Clearly referring to Swift’s routinely joked-about string of famous boyfriends, including John Mayer, Jake Gyllenhaal and Harry Styles, the shirt set the Swifties into action to defend their idol, even going so far as to start a Change.org petition asking the company to remove the offending top from their stores.
Calls to the company’s corporate PR are greeted with the following: “Thank you for calling Abercrombie & Fitch public relations. If you are calling regarding the Taylor Swift T-shirt, please note that this is no longer available.” The clothier also took to Twitter in attempt to calm irate fans, writing, “Hey #swifties we no longer sell the tshirt. We❤ Taylor’s music and think she’s awesome!”
As Swift herself might sing, A&F, why you gotta be so mean?