A clothing company is facing the wrath of full-blown feminist delusion after being forced to pull a pajama shirt for children off its website.
The damning slogan causing all the trouble? A shirt reading “Boys will be Boys.”
Local Melbourne busy-body Bridie Harris was shocked at the design while shopping at Peter Alexander Sleepwear. She scurried to Facebook and wrote the company, according to The Sydney Morning Herald.
“Boy won’t be boys. Boys will be held accountable for their actions. I hate to see an Australian store, who makes such great pjs, put such a sexist statement on a t-shirt intended for young boys. Excusing boys of their behavior is not a step in the right direction. It’s 2018,” she scolded them in a message on June 20.
Somehow, what others saw as a cute slogan based in the common vernacular, made Harris see red believing in a larger connotation that males “tend to get away with stuff just because they are boys.”
“I just think that it allows boys to do whatever they want because they are boys. It gives them an excuse for inappropriate behavior. If a girl hurts someone or does something, you never hear someone that says girls will be girls,” she snapped.
Peter Alexander pulled the shirt from the website due to the single complaint.
“I just wanted to update you and again thank you for taking the time to get in touch with us and bringing this to our attention,” a Peter Alexander spokesperson wrote to Harris, according to screenshots published in the Daily Mail.
“We do not tolerate the behavior that is being associated with this slogan. In the light of your feedback, we have decided to withdraw this item from sale,” the spokesperson wrote.
After caving into the whims of one woman, the company is not receiving the hero’s praise they expected. A perplexed customer base on social media is scratching their heads about the knee-jerk reaction.
The phrase #boyswillbeboys is innocuous until you load it with your own preconceptions
Your reaction to it says more about yourself than anything else
If you think it can only be read as evil, then that’s how you see boys, and I feel sorry for you
— Wake up and smell the Covfefe (@gcarrick) June 28, 2018
As I said. It used to be such an innocent saying. Where’s the evidence that sexual harassment is any worse than it has always been?
— MacDaddy 🎸🎶🛳🍷☘️👬👭🌈🤷🏿♂️ (@YossaGiggis) June 28, 2018
It has now escalated to customers trolling Peter Alexander, pretending to find offense in other harmless slogans, like the ‘You’re so fine!’ shirt, which one user pointed out encourages sexual harassment.
Another commenter said “Shame on you Peter Alexander for removing the ‘Boys will be boys’ [pajamas]. Absolutely gutless. I expect your next range to be beige, baggy and unisex.”