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WTFrom the Archives – The 11 Items Helping Forever 21 Sell Their Religion

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

Pray: $14.80

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?

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Very Punny

I guess Forever 21 doesn’t take it’s religious leanings too seriously.

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Holey Rosary Top: $17.80

Either that or the lone comedian copywriter at Forever 21 is having their fun again.

Forever 21, Very Punny.

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Forever 21 Puts Religion & Hypocrisy Up Front

It’s often said we women are full of contradictions. We can be both Madonna and whore, child and woman, protector and wrathful harbinger of war. Some of us are just crazier than a shit house rat, but most of us are just exercising the right to express ourselves. And although the freedom to change your mind is a precious one worth fighting for, being a hypocrite does not fall under the same righteous protection.

Draped Cross Tee: $14.80

This is where my problem with Forever 21′s religious leanings come into major play. With the Christmas season officially here and the holy holiday fast approaching, Forever 21 has released a brand new batch of religious tees. The family-owned retailer’s religious leanings have been well documented and I have taken issue with their scripture on shirts and messages sent personally from God via burnout tee, but this fresh crop of tops jumped out at me because most of them were either styled with or sold right next to some of Forever 21′s skantiest club wear, on full display for anyone from club rats and good Christian girls to purchase and wear to the New Year parties.

Now, I know people say women can wear whatever they want. Yes, they can.

And just because you’re dressed like a tarted up street walker on Saturday night and grind on a stranger’s bulge to song lyrics that say “you’s a sexy bitch” and “nothing you could compare to your neighborhood hoe” (keep in mind, he’s trying to be respectful here), doesn’t mean you can’t come into church on Sunday morning and sing with the choir about the goodness of the Lord. You can do that, yes.

You can say you follow the holy tenants of the good book and say you abide by its rules and say you have Christ in your heart while you peddle sequin crop tops sold in photos by barely legal looking models. You can say you do all those things. But saying it and not living it also makes you a hypocrite. And saying it and making a hefty profit from it, makes you something worse.

Let’s take a look at some of Forever 21′s most recent religious fashion offerings and put them into a little context.

Do unto others as you would have them do to you.

Do Unto Others Burnout Top: $15.80

OR just

Do What you Want Top: $15.90

It is often said, it is more blessed to give than it is to receive.

Blessed Tee: $15.80

So why don’t you turn around and give us all a little sugar?

Sugar Knit Boyshort: $3.80

Truth Fringed Tee: $17.80

Unless you don’t want it to.

Cropped Fake Tee: $17.80

Be a saint…

Saint Fringe Tee: $15.80

OR be a sparkle tube top sinner.

Crop Sequin Tube Top: $9.80

Sequins Strapless Bandeau: $8.80

Say, “Amen.”

Amen Lace Tee: $14.80

Then show a little skin.

Pray.

Pray Lace Tee: $15.80

Then strap on your sequin booty shorts and party!

Party Girl Crop Tee: $14.80

The only religious themed top I found at Forever 21 which seemed to jive nicely with the rest of the clothes on their site was this eat, drink and be merry top.

Eat Drink Be Merry Tee: $15.80

I’m not a person who condones hypocrisy, but this is a message I can really get behind.

Forever 21, Merry Christmas.

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HuffPost Post – Forever 21 & Religion

HuffPost version of this Post:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/rachel-kane/the-11-ways-forever-21-is_b_922581.html#s325926&title=God_Will_Guide

Enjoy it all over again for the first time on Huffington Post!

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The 11 Items Helping Forever 21 Sell Their Religion

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

Pray: $14.80

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?

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