So, this is amusing. After their bitchy, logically fallacious open letter to Nancy Upton failed to get the sympathetic response they’d been hoping for, American Apparel has done an abrupt about face and decided to fly the plucky satirist to Los Angeles after all. Not to model their new XL clothing, mind you (which I’m pretty sure she wouldn’t want to do anyway), but to tour the company and whatnot. (I’m not going to call the XL clothing “plus size” because it still only fits a 12-14, and the average American woman wears her “apparel” in a size 14).
According to Nancy’s blog, the very same creative director who wrote the bitchy letter has since called her on the phone and invited her to come out to LA:
I spoke with Iris Alonzo on the phone yesterday. She has graciously offered to fly Shannon and me out to LA to visit American Apparel and get a look at what it’s really like being inside the company.
I agreed, as long as I could write about what I saw. She said that would be fine.
I guess it was smart of them to finally recognize that one of their “haters” had a valid point, but what do they think is going to happen now? Do they think that showing Nancy their clean, sustainable LA factory, gifting her some XL t-shirts, and maybe buying her some ribs is going to cause her to tearfully apologize and say she was wrong, all wrong about them? Is Nancy going to give the woman who just recently implied she does not “truly exemplify the idea of beauty inside and out” a chance to show what a kind, accepting soul she is? Will Dov Charney try to dicknotize her over to the dark side with his magical member of doom? Who even knows anymore?!
One thing’s for certain: those scrunchie wearing Poindexters have recognized Nancy Upton’s satire (and their reaction to said satire) as a very real threat to their brand’s public image, and are doing their darnedest to try to neutralize it.