You guys may remember last month Urban Outfitters got into hot water over hawking products with vaguely South Western-looking prints and calling them “Navajo,” which many people found offensive and the Navajo Nation found illegal. Urban Outfitters responded to the controversy with an apology and renamed the products by swapping out the word Navajo for the word “printed.” Clever!
Enter Forever 21, the fundamentalist mall store that’s built an empire on directly copying other peoples’ designs and ideas. In the grand tradition of everything Forever 21 has ever done, they too have released an equally (exceedingly) ill-advised printed panty, the “Navajo & Lace hipster.” Surprisingly, the product is still available under that name. At least the ad copy calls the item “Navajo-inspired,” so, uh, someone thought to try and cover his/her ass. Elsewhere on the company’s sites (US and UK), you can find a “Navajo” tunic, handbag, necklace and ankle socks. You could go as cultural appropriation for Halloween!
And the brand will pull the item and issue an apology in 3… 2… 1…