Overarching political correctness hit Target this week, making it the most recent victim of yet another online backlash. Their T-shirt that reads “Trophy” across the chest has drawn the digital pitchforks, who claim it is sexist, objectifies women and is degrading to humanity, followed by the argument that the word renders a woman disposable.
Despite the fact that no man ever disposed of a trophy he managed to win, a woman has launched a petition asking Target to remove the shirt entirely. If it’s possible to sprinkle calm on such a raging firestorm, consider the following:
Message Ts in general embody greater issues for concern. For instance, society’s declining dress standards, as evidenced by the young, T-shirt wearing male at the Yale Club in Manhattan declaring “F!#* Forever” on his chest. Both he and his infuriated fellow members made headlines.
As a fashion garment, most T-shirts are marginal at best. They originated as men’s underwear and somehow managed to escape out the front door.
Emblazoning them with messages is the manufacturer’s attempt to make them more desirable, which really doesn’t work, except perhaps for teenagers and middle-aged tourists who want people to know they went to Captain Kidd’s Oyster Shack.
While Target’s “Trophy” shirt is sold alongside another that says “Bride,” one can also wonder why shirts bearing the words “Handle with Care” across the bosom do not draw similar ire. Men can also be labeled as trophies, but this does not appear to distress them.
What feminists should really do is go after the one marked “Bride.” After all, women have sacrificed themselves in marriage for millenia.
They don’t call it the altar for nothing.
Celebrity meet ’n’ greet
Marlon Jackson, of the Jackson Five, arrived at the Acadiana Center for the Arts Saturday, the better to raise contributions for the KaBoom! Foundation. The funds will go toward a new playground in New Orleans 7th Ward commemorating the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. Guests could pony up from $250 to $1,000 with contributors getting brunch plus the opportunity to be photographed with Jackson. On hand to greet him were hosts Chip and Jennifer Jackson, Dr. Daniel Wiltz, Daniel and Gail Jackson, Randy and Daynese Haynie, Jackie Lyle, Mandi Mitchell, Marcus Thomas and Johnnie Marks. All contributors will be listed honorary members of the Dedication Team of the new playground. KaBoom! has channeled more than $27 million into the Gulf Coast to build playgrounds and restore childhoods.
Move over, Hamilton
Pamela Stroup cured the summer doldrums with a house party, but not just any party — a political one. Guests were asked to nominate the woman they believed to be a suitable replacement for Alexander Hamilton on the $10 bill. Among those up for consideration? Former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt, historic African-Americans Shirley Chisholm, Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman, journalist Nellie Bly and Wilma Mankiller, female chief of the Cherokees. There was even red, white and blue bunting, all-American lemonade and politically-correct snacks. Votes cost $1, and money raised went to Food Net. Eleanor Roosevelt was elected, we’re told.
It was sugar ’n’ spice and everything nice as the Xanadu ladies held their Royalty Tea in the home of former King Xanadu Ebbie Breaux. Greek muses and character names were announced to the inner circle but still no king until Sept. 18, said President Brenda Dudley. In the mix were current Queen Xanadu Arline Dake, Debbie Mills, Tina DeRouen, Aimee Guidry, Danielle Keyser, ball Captain Maxine Hollier, the board, court, advisors and past queens No. 3 Judy Kennedy and No. 21 Rickie Maloney, who said they are actually the same age. Numbers don’t lie, ladies, one of you has been around longer.