When I opened up Forever 21′s online catalog this morning I did not expect to be hit in the face with a big, fatty irony stick. Then again, no one expects the big, fatty irony stick.
Now, I’ve not so secretly disliked this whole “tribal” and native trend where hipsters slap on replicas of sacred prayer beads, medicine bags and all manner of clothing depicting Native Americans (or American Indians, if you prefer) in the most stereotypical form possible, and Forever 21 has been at the very forefront of promoting this trend.
Chiefs Burnout Top: $11.92
Take this top for example, marked down from $14.90 as part of the Columbus Day sale.
Maybe you didn’t catch that …
AS PART OF THE COLUMBUS DAY SALE.
Yesterday I took a break from my regularly scheduled cave dwelling existence and ventured out into the belly of the neon beast that is Forever 21.
It took all of 30 seconds and three steps inside the store before I came face to face with my own personal tribal nightmare.
Which I promptly purchased.
Top: Forever 21 $17.80
Leggings: Forever 21 $10.80
Heels: Nine West
Drink it in, lovelies. This is what REAL WTF looks like.
You may all remember the leggings from a previous post about Tribal Trend Tragedies. The top is a new edition, although well deserving of a tragic title on its own.
Despite being 100% pure “suedette,” the fringe was quite disappointing. It just didn’t flow, didn’t MOVE the way I’d hoped.
So I did that cool model trick when they jump in the air and everything looks fluid and amazing … only I did it SLIGHTLY less gracefully.
Okay, fuck, A LOT less gracefully.
Looks like the Wicked Witch of the Southwest.
Forever 21, WTF?
Chief Pendant Necklace: $4.80
There’s been a little bit of talk recently about our generation and it’s use of the phrase, “THAT’S RACIST!” as a comical, memetic type take on the absurdity of actually calling someone racist whenever they display the slightest bit of prejudice toward anything, ironically or otherwise.
But let’s look at this necklace and pause for a second to consider how Jesse Jackson would react to seeing an accessory with a little pendant of an African fellow wearing a bone through his nose grace the digital pages of Forever 21′s catalog of crap.
I’m not saying this personally offends me but one of the few things that does get me to arch my back and hiss IS genuine racism and bigotry. Again, not saying I think this cheap looking, inexplicably unnecessary to life and the world necklace comes from a biggotted place. I’m just sayin’ …
Forever 21, THAT’S RACIST!