Bloomingdale’s surrendered to the left after “offending” multiple journalists with a new shirt design that simply read “Fake News.”
The drama started when Allison Kaden, a reporter for PIX11 in New York, tweeted a photo of the shirt to Bloomingdale’s on Twitter and denounced the shirt as neither “funny or fashionable,” and claimed that the silly design “further delegitimizes hard working journalists who bring REAL news to their communties [sic].”
Bloomingdale’s immediately backed down, and pledged to remove the shirt, noting that the company apologizes for “any offense we may have caused,” and thanked the triggered journalist for her accusatory tweet.
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
This, however, was not enough to save the clothing company from the ire of more triggered left-wing journalists.
Baltimore-Sun reporter Pamela Wood castigated the clothing brand, claiming that they misunderstood their grave offense, and that their t-shirt design is, in fact, destroying democracy.
Hi, @bloomingdales. Apologizing "for any offense we may have caused" is not a sincere apology. This is not about journalists' hurt feelings. This is about damage done to our democracy when your brand joins in perpetuating and celebrating the idea of "fake news." Please try again.
— Pamela Wood (@pwoodreporter) February 11, 2019
Meanwhile, the majority of Twitter users seem to find the shirt funny, and consider the retailer’s reaction to be pathetic. One user noted that they would be better off escalating its production, as “This outrage never works out the way they want it to.”
Remove it?? Shoot…you'd better ramp up your production of that shirt because you're about to get a massive number of requests for it. This outrage never works out the way they want it to. https://t.co/mctAiguVUE
— Joseph Gonzales (@joseph11ag) February 11, 2019
Another user mocked the journalists’ apoplectic tweets, telling Blomingdale’s that “Removing the shirt offends me,” and asking the brand “Will you take this feedback seriously? Will you apologize to me, and work quickly to reinstate the shirt?”
Removing the shirt offends me. Will you take this feedback seriously? Will you apologize to me, and work quickly to reinstate the shirt?
— A Cut Rate Parasite (@MonsieurUgarte) February 12, 2019
Users continued to pound the brand for acquiescing to the left, one condemning the brand for running its “business based on social media outrage” from triggered journalists and noting that the very journalists who are now offended in fact helped coin the term.
Hi @Bloomingdales. Don’t run your business based on social media outrage which are usually anyway short term and are mostly not from your real clients. Besides, real journalists are proud to denounce FakeNews. In fact, they created this term against Trump’s FakeNews of 2016.
— Yossi Gestetner (@YossiGestetner) February 12, 2019
Other users simply joked that a better shirt design may simply be “#LearnToCode.”
Have you considered a #LearnToCode shirt for next season's line?
— Jescy Rodriguez (@JescyRodriguez) February 12, 2019
A better shirt might be "Learn To Code"
— Populo Iratus (@cmahar3) February 12, 2019
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