Forever 21 recently came under fire for a new line of t-shirts added to their online store. Some feel that the new t shirts are appropriating on black culture. The tweets included white models posing in t-shirts of hip-hop artists Ice Cube and N.W.A and the text: “New arrivals… straight outta Compton.”
Although their tweets were eventually deleted, nothing is ever erased from the internet.
Twitter user, Patti Lahelle questioned Forever 21’s t-shirts video a YouTube blog:
Other Twitter users pointed out that Compton, California doesn’t have a Forever 21 store!
There isn’t even a Forever 21 in Compton
— Trevor Chillips (@Joe_Schmuck) September 19, 2013
Personally I wouldn’t wear a NWA t-shirt, from any store, but I do own a Tupac t-shirt dress from H&M. So maybe it’s just a t-shirt when black people wear it, but when white people wear them it’s appropriation?
Clutchettes, what do you think about the NWA t-shirts? Cultural appropriation, or no?