J.C. Penney Pulls Narcissistic T-shirts from Stores

According to The Village Voice, J.C. Penney has agreed to pull a controversial t-shirt from its stores after parents complained that the shirt’s message was harmful to teenage girls.

After pulling the shirts, J.C. Penney released a statement that read, in part:

We agree that the “Too pretty” t-shirt does not deliver an appropriate message, and we have immediately discontinued its sale. Our merchandise is intended to appeal to a broad customer base, not to offend them.

J.C. Penney was selling a T-shirt for girls aged 7 to 16 featuring a colorful slogan across its front that read: “I’m too pretty to do homework so my brother has to do it for me.”

The online sales pitch for the tee reads, “Who has time for homework when there’s a new Justin Bieber album out? She’ll love this tee that’s just as cute and sassy as she is.”

Alarmed parents were concerned with the t-shirts message, which encourages conceit and overinflated egos among teenage girls.

The parents were correct to be worried, especially in light of a recent research study that shows narcissism on the rise among teens and college students.

Young girls who are constantly told how “cute” or “pretty” they are tend to develop a false sense of identity and a false feeling of entitlement. These children usually grow up to become depressed women who frequently have difficulty maintaining relationships.

The Village Voice reports that parents took to Twitter in droves to express their disgust with J.C. Penney. There was also an online petition circulating that had collected 685 signatures as of yesterday.



 


49 Responses to “J.C. Penney Pulls Narcissistic T-shirts from Stores”

  1. 1
    Yardgirl says:

    Alarmed parents were concerned with the t-shirts message, which encourages conceit and overinflated egos among teenage girls.

    Then how about they not buy it and leave it at that!! :rolleyes:

  2. 2
    Anna says:

    Now we all know even the ugly girls were going to rock that t-shirt. LOL.

  3. 3
    Anna says:

    Yardgirl says:

    Alarmed parents were concerned with the t-shirts message, which encourages conceit and overinflated egos among teenage girls.

    Then how about they not buy it and leave it at that!!
    ~~~
    For the same reason they don’t monitor the tv, to have something to bytch about. What happen to “Freedom Of Speech”? I don’t have to like everything being said/written.

  4. 4
    TruGemini says:

    Bunch of punks…that’s what has become the state of the American parent.

    :rolleyes:

  5. 5

    It was a smart move on behalf of JC Penney now more parents will want to shop there becuz it appears as tho they care U WIN THEY WIN WE ALL WIN :cheers:

  6. 6

    @Tru
    Nah Im glad they did that’s a little to much and it is really disrespectful to teachers who are teaching becuz they care it’s like a BIG F U

  7. 7
    TruGemini says:

    To me, the t-shirts are showing that the child wearing it is confident in themselves ie: self-esteem.

    They aren’t putting down anyone or any class of people. If your child doesn’t have the confidence to wear the shirt or is easily offended when seeing someone else wear it, then oh fukkn well…

    :rolleyes: again!

  8. 8
    Ms. Everything says:

    I’ve seen so many more inappropriate tshirts and clothes for children that I could care less about this… alot of these parent groups are so misdirected :no:

  9. 9
    TruGemini says:

    @CHOCO

    I totally understand your point.

    I’m just sayin it’s a T-SHIRT…DAYUM. I mean where’s the sense of humor? The backbone? Stop being so sensitive about everything (not you Choc, just speaking in general terms). Some people just want to protest and “march” about anything…

  10. 10
    Eb says:

    :offtopic: Did anybody see those pics off Halle’s Berrys 3 year old daughter in a bikini? I didn’t think that was appropriate. Thoughts?

  11. 11

    @Tru
    And I see your point however chit is getting out of hand nowadays I mean more and more risque – and its geared toward our young youth – My son is 13 and knows Im old school he gets good graves and is respectful I still wouldn’t want him wearing a shirt like this even if they changed the wording for boys! Like Maya Angelou is up in arms about a word on the MLK Memorial to me – Im like chill be happy its there so I get it!

  12. 12

    @Eb
    I didn’t see it but was the bikini childlike or it looked to grown to be on a child my daughter wore kiddie bikinis when she was 3

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  14. 14
    GAGIRL87 says:

    That’s a ugly person talking :coffee:

    You don’t see ugly people having t-shirts :shrugs:

  15. 15

    That’s a ugly person talking

    You don’t see ugly people having t-shirts
    ___________________
    :rofl:

  16. 16
    Eb says:

    @choco it looked to grown to be on a child. The top looked like a bra. The bottom had no ruffles.

  17. 17

    @EB
    Its rumored Nahla gets her clothes for free – :shrugs: Who knows I need to see it before I can judge it

  18. 18
    KDub says:

    What they REALLY need to address is cheating…if one student is doing homework for another. Pretty or butt azz ugly.

    Priorities…

  19. 19
    TruGemini says:

    @EB

    I did not see the pic but do feel some kind of way about three year olds in bikini’s

  20. 20
    Daisy says:

    @eb as I said on twitter I am not a fan of kinis for tots BUT a lot of mothers all pretty much all my friends w/little girls always had their tots in a kini they didn’t have ruffles either some parents think its cute. My child won’t be in one (I was mad my sister got my niece one) but I think its just a matter of taste/opinion. You said you cldnt wear your hair down my hair was down and highlighted in 9th grade.

    My aunt beat my cuz down in JC Penny w/a belt from the store that she did not buy we were in 4/5th grade this YT man walked by stopped n looked she said “you want some” :rofl: #myjcpennystore

  21. 21
    MzDimplez1123 says:

    @ EB I just saw it. It’s not babyish at all. To rational ppl it would cause no problems but to a pedo, iono. :no:

  22. 22
    KDub says:

    shows narcissism on the rise among teens and college students
    ———————————————-
    Its been on the rise since the invention of mirrors for your locker. Its called adolescence…whoever complained about this shirt has an Ugly Betty at their house and they are mad as FUGG about it. Errytime they look at her unfortuante faced azz. Saw that shirt and it pissed them off too.

  23. 23
    renegadesince1985 says:

    @Eb

    I saw that bikini :nono: that thing was a string bikini…looks like it tied at the side. No way!

  24. 24

    KDUB
    please report to the weezy post

  25. 25
    GAGIRL87 says:

    :offtopic: I hate when little girls wear leggings and tank tops cuz some little girls are more shapely than others. :blink:

  26. 26
    KDub says:

    Okay fam enlighten me…How/when did baby bikini’s become so controversial? I have seen baby girls wearing them forever? In fact when Liz Taylor passed away a few months back there was a montage pic of her and her daughter as a tot and her daughter is at least 50-60+ and Liza Todd had on one when SHE was a baby? J/A..

  27. 27

    Considering my daughter is 24 the bikinis back then were age and kid appropriate :coffee:

  28. 28

    I have seen baby girls wearing them forever?
    ___________________
    Right!

  29. 29
    WUTWUZMISSIN! says:

    I wonder if a T-Shirt that had a picture and words that said
    I have to wear a steak around my neck so at least dogs will like me
    would offend anyone… :shrug:

  30. 30

    @WUT
    The real message is discouraging kids from doing their homework in which we all know education is the key to a successful productive individual NO OFFENSE in case my tone sounded differently

  31. 31
    SamYell JacksEm says:

    I wonder if a T-Shirt that had a picture and words that said
    I have to wear a steak around my neck so at least dogs will like me
    would offend anyone…
    —————————
    That’s what the “Juicy” pants/shorts are for.

  32. 32
    WUTWUZMISSIN! says:

    How about
    My plastic surgeon said that Beauty is only skin deep?

  33. 33
    WUTWUZMISSIN! says:

    How about
    If I was half as pretty as you are… I still would be ugly as hell

  34. 34
    GAGIRL87 says:

    And Sandra what about those shirst that say “Sexy” and those velour pants with “Juicy” written across the azz. If I see one moe fat bish with a “sexy” shirt on imma snap.. :mad:

  35. 35

    And Sandra what about those shirst that say “Sexy” and those velour pants with “Juicy” written across the azz. If I see one moe fat bish with a “sexy” shirt on imma snap
    ____________________
    Girl that chit is sooooooooo whack – like really this is how you self-promote GTFOH!

  36. 36
    KDub says:

    If I see one moe fat bish with a “sexy” shirt on imma snap..
    ———————————————-
    She is sexy to somebody TRUST.

  37. 37
    WUTWUZMISSIN! says:

    Choco aka Hippie says:

    @WUT
    The real message is discouraging kids from doing their homework in which we all know education is the key to a successful productive individual NO OFFENSE in case my tone sounded differently
    ——————
    :kiss: I know what your saying… My daughter whose studying to be a doctor has a T-shirt that says “If you think I’m crazy…You should see my mom… :think: that’s not a good example cuz I am a little off, but my point is if you have worked hard at parenting your kid, society wouldn’t have to. Words on a tee shirt will not affect what my daughter has been taught all her life which is “If you TRY to miss a homework assignment, I will TRY not to kill you when I Whoop tha shyt outcha”….

  38. 38
    GAGIRL87 says:

    @ choco I know right and it’s ALWAYS the busted chicks wearing chit like that AND the shirt with sexy on it had the nerve to have gliiter on it :blink:

  39. 39
    WUTWUZMISSIN! says:

    OH by the way Choco, I know you don’t play with your pookies… They bout their business and know what’s up. :yes:

  40. 40
    GAGIRL87 says:

    @ KDUB you ain’t lying and “confidence” is key but still when I see chicks wearing chit like that I chuckle to myself :lol:

  41. 41
    ohpretty1 says:

    I swear parents (last and current generation) are the biggest complainers/punks/hypocrites. Eff a petition, seriously. Simply don’t buy the mess. I know the entire ‘allowance’ debate, blah. The point is the PARENT is in control.

    This reminds me of the children Georgia smoking incense and sniffing bath salts. Many died. What do the parents do? Write the legislator to have the sale of bath salts and incense banned in smoke shops. What has that done to solve the issue that your kid is a junkie? WHY is your kid in a smoke shop? So many real questions, yet the issue isn’t handled. You want the government to be responsible for your kid, but don’t let someone with power want to encourage (not mandate) a little exercise for these kids…

  42. 42
    ohpretty1 says:

    WUTWUZMISSIN! says:

    How about
    My plastic surgeon said that Beauty is only skin deep?

    ^^^ Would fly off shelves. :lol:

  43. 43
    WUTWUZMISSIN! says:

    New T-Shirt Logo:

    I’m only half a man, but I’m more man than you’ll ever be

    Dang I’m good… :think: I need to go into the T-shirt making bidnizz…

  44. 44

    This reminds me of the children Georgia smoking incense and sniffing bath salts. Many died. What do the parents do? Write the legislator to have the sale of bath salts and incense banned in smoke shops. What has that done to solve the issue that your kid is a junkie? WHY is your kid in a smoke shop? So many real questions, yet the issue isn’t handled. You want the government to be responsible for your kid, but don’t let someone with power want to encourage (not mandate) a little exercise for these kids…
    _______________________
    Simple fix and makes sense! But you know the rest

  45. 45

    I know you don’t play with your pookies…
    ______________________
    Have you heard me call them pookies or you call yours that crazy cuz this is what I call them :lol:

  46. 46

    If you think I’m crazy…You should see my mom… that’s not a good example cuz I am a little off, but my point is if you have worked hard at parenting your kid, society wouldn’t have to. Words on a tee shirt will not affect what my daughter has been taught all her life which is “If you TRY to miss a homework assignment, I will TRY not to kill you when I Whoop tha shyt outcha”….
    ______________________
    :clap: :lol:

  47. 47
    KDub says:

    KDUB you ain’t lying and “confidence” is key but still when I see chicks wearing chit like that I chuckle to myself
    ———————————————————
    Even worse than chuckling is my 16 yo, we saw a lady 350 lbs+ in Golden Corral (my momma LOVES that place) with a “Too Sexy” shirt on…mind you this lady had a trail of FOOD following her, that had fell off her plate cause it was PACKED…16 yo gonna mumble.. “Gosh it IS all you can eat..don’t she know she can GO BACK… :blink: I am getting my cake NOW..case there AIN’T none in a minute…”

    :wail: <<< even HARDER when my momma call AFTER her "brang me a piece back too baby!" We was still eating our salads! And they tryna beat the confident lady to the cake section.

  48. 48
    Daisy says:

    @Kdubb that’s why I said its a matter of taste/opinion. You are right kinis have been made for tots for yrs I am not a fan but I don’t knock other mothers who like them and think they are cute. I am old skool.

  49. 49
    Nhere says:

    There is nothing hot about this shirt

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