AUGUST 5, 2011
We all knew this day would come.
The day when the ultra-religious views of Forever 21′s owners crept out from under their signature yellow bags and onto their shelves.
They’ve always had a penchant for crosses. A sizeable chunk of their accessory stock is crosses. Bedazzled, jazzled, rhinestone dipped and covered in colorful bling, but crosses none the less. Not a biggie. Madonna, anyone? But on my most recent visit to the Glendale Galleria’s Forever 21 store and then again while browsing their online catalog, I noticed a disturbing trend in the graphic tees. Some were just hinting at a shadow of religion, which I’ve seen before from them, but NOW? Now there are items going Holy balls to the wall with tops that have what reads like scripture on them.
Faith Knit Tee: $9.00
Jesus [Heart] You Top: $9.00
Holy Fringe Tank: $13.80
Jesus [Heart] Me Crop Top: $12.80
God Cropped Burnout Tank: $13.80
Cropped Thank God Burnout Top: $17.80
Price/Name unknow - A reader from London sent this in.
I left out the numerous tops with just crosses on them (bedazzled, bejewelered, drag-queen-like crosses) because I thought it would probably be repetitive, but I believe this is a good sampling of the Christian clothing crusade.
In itself, standing alone, the phrase, “Jesus Loves Me” or the word “Holy” splattered across a cheap crop top and worn by some pre-teen Bible thumper doesn’t bother me. I don’t care about your religion. That is, until you use it to make me feel uncomfortable or in a way I think may be preachy.
That’s where THESE tops comes in:
Yours Eternally, God: $13.80
Three Words: $14.80
God Will Guide: $14.80
Amidst the forgettable crosses and Jesus love, THIS stuff jumped out at me, tapped me on the shoulder and whispered, “You are no longer in a store. Welcome to the Sunday morning service you did not sign up for. Now get to prayin’ sinner!”
So, how do you feel about this? Are you alright shopping for deals with a side of Lord and Savior or do you believe in separation of Church and Style?
Forever 21, WTFWJD?