Let me take a moment to recognize those individuals who Hate Abercrombie and Fitch for wanting to create a brand image that does not include plus sized individuals or refusing to hire people who are “unattractive.” Congratulations, you have put yourself at the same level as the CEO of that organization. How? Because you are generalizing an entire group of people (or in this case, a brand) based off of attributes that you perceive to be negative that are qualities that give each of us individuality.
Think back to your childhood, there was that one person or one group of people you wouldn’t be caught dead associating with. It could be the Jock of the school, it could be the table of students who read books during lunch, it could be the students sitting by themselves, or it could be the group of kids who do drugs after school. Either way, there was a generalized group you don’t want to associate with.
That being said, let me make the same statement you are making. “You are wrong to discriminate against the Jock for not wanting to surround himself with his teammates! We should hate you for not wanting to hang out with the kids who do drugs. If you don’t give damaged books to kids around the world who don’t have books, then you are a hateful group of people.”
Are we kidding ourselves?? Give me a break!!
The idea that we should boycott an organization over their desired image is hypocritical. My reason for this is that every individual has a certain group of people they don’t want to associate with for reasons their own. It can be the religion they follow, the color of their skin, their sexual orientation, their class status, their personality, whatever it may be. Now coming out and saying it is one thing, it’s not the classiest thing to do. But to say it’s wrong is hypocritical. I myself do not want to associate myself with those who don’t have self-respect (there are many attributes that develop self respect). It is ok. For people to say it is hateful and wrong, it shows that they haven’t had the time to reflect on their own actions.
The other topics that have been touched by AF haters is that the CEO is a Bully for his statements regarding only people who belong in AF clothes and that some people will never belong. Is it childish? I don’t hear any objections to it being childish, so we can you’re your side that one, but the idea is still a normal part of the American Society! It goes along with sports and organizations back in our childhood. If you are not good enough to play on the best travel sports team, you went to a different sports team. If you didn’t like the idea of having a better team or worse team, you had the option to not participate, and try something like theater, or band, or a different sport/activity. It is 100% similar to the idea that the CEO of AF had put in place for his organization. If you aren’t what the organization wants, you have to move on to another brand of clothing. It is as simple as that. There is nothing wrong with it.
Now under the idea of “I have the right to my own opinion because this is a free country,” let me just state this before you speak. You do have the right to your own opinion, but if your opinion is based on a hypocritical idea, you are making yourself look unintelligent. If you have an opinion, and you have no real life examples or hard evidence of your opinion and it is just an idea, then your opinion holds no weight at possibly becoming a fact. To end this, we all know that opinions in a court case hold no value, and that only facts on evidence hold value.
So before you decide to say “I hate Abercrombie because they do this, and because they are wrong.” Stop yourself and come up with a reason that holds facts rather than opinions.