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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

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Girls' Shirt Is on Sale, $9.99 (Was $16.99)

Who has time for homework when there's a new Justin Bieber album out? She'll love this tee that's just as cute and sassy as she is.

Why doesn't this come in a women's size medium?

Update, from JC Penney: "We agree that the 'Too pretty' t-shirt does not deliver an appropriate message, and we have immediately discontinued its sale."

[Thanks, Jeannie!]



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Ophelia

AAAAAAAAH! I can't even. Edith, why do you have to make me angry at 9am?

shannonmkennedy@twitter

Stab it in the eye. Stab me in the eye. Eye stab!

Arla

Argh, I haven't even had coffee yet. Kill it with fire!

rootmarm

Hey we can write reviews for it if we want!

punkahontas

@rootmarm We should take over those reviews. LOL.

Ophelia

@rootmarm Just did...apparently they can take up to 48 hours to post, tho.

Ophelia

@Ophelia Also, you can't use the word "crap" in reviews, or it makes you edit them. Just in case anyone was thinking of any strong language, I imagine it won't let you use other choice nouns either.

punkahontas

@rootmarm Oh, man. That's no fun. They probably check them.

@Ophelia I'm surprised they don't let you use the word "crap", it seems like a pretty good descriptor for most of their merchandise.

science is sexy@twitter

@rootmarm Told me it might be 48 hours before they can get to it. Wonder how long they'll have to spend weeding through the angry reviews? (Or if they'll post them at all)

Ophelia

@punkahontas I know, right? The best part, tho, is that there's a pros and cons section.
Pros: It's cheap
Cons: That's how your kid will look in this crap

saythatscool

@Ophelia It appears to be gone now?

I think they sold out.

Ophelia

@saythatscool totally.

fondue with cheddar

@Ophelia THIS SHIRT IS A PIECE OF CARP.

fondue with cheddar

@saythatscool I hope somebody bought them all to keep actual girls from buying them. :/

alice b. tchotchke

I want a gift basket with this and the "math is hard" barbie and I want it now.

leonstj

Oh man, but you should have seen the original:

"I'm too pretty to do homework, so I'm gonna be a total cocktease to a nerd who plays Magic: The Gathering (he's really good at it but whatevs) while I paint everything in my room pink and spend all day on the phone talking about emotions. Then I'm going to date the football captain, because I'm pretty and I can, and all I care about is his muscles. He'll have to pressure me into sex, because girls don't like it and only do it because boys want us to. I can't wait till we get married one day so I can finally stop having people ask me what I want to be and raise babies? Oh, did I mention that since I'm pretty I'm obviously not smart so PLEASE don't use the word patriarchy to me, I'm not one of those feminists, all of whom are no-fun lesbians. Appletini-me!"

Beesus

@leon.saintjean hm - this may require a t-shirt dress. But that's cool because then we can belt it.

notandersoncooper

@leon.saintjean: Or alternately, "Please enjoy my tits."

cherrispryte

@notandersoncooper Technically, "Please enjoy my tits because I've been brainwashed to believe that they are all that matters about me."

Because hell, I'd wear a "Please enjoy my tits" shirt. It's the longer message that's the problematic one.

shannonmkennedy@twitter

Uh, you guys, JCPenny is on Twitter as @jcpenney... if, you know, you had anything to say to them about stocking this little gem.

shannonmkennedy@twitter

@shannonmkennedy@twitter Oops, *JCPenney*.

Ophelia

@shannonmkennedy@twitter Hah, their twitter feed is totally blowing up.

formergr

@shannonmkennedy@twitter Wow, there certainly has been quite a response. Unless I missed it, though, they haven't yet issued a response, have they? I saw that the tee is apparently no longer for sale.

I also learned from @Jcpenney that "Styling 101: Lower rise, flat-front pants can help minimize a heavy bottom. jcp.is/nGkYv6 #whattowear" You know, in case anyone was wondering.

shannonmkennedy@twitter

@formergr There was a Change.org petition and it is being reported on Skepchick (via Twitter) that they apologised. http://skepchick.org/2011/08/too-pretty-to-do-homework/

Megasus

@formergr I'm pretty sure that's not remotely true?

MeganToTheMax

If you turn the new price upside down it becomes the address to where it came from.

Beesus

I will wear this on Tuesday, Thursdays - the remaining weekends I shall don my "To Pretty to Live" shirt, and on Saturday/Sunday I shall wear chain mail while battling to the death with everyone who saw my Monday/Weds/Friday shirt and said, "Challenge Accepted."

Ophelia

@Beesus But what about your adult-sized Disney Princess attire? When will you fit that in?

Kivrin

I wish that I were in high school right now, still a super-nerd (who always did her homework), so that I could wear this shirt ironically.

punkahontas

According to the size chart, the XL is 34-35" bust and 28" waist, so it *could* fit some of us.

elizabeast

@punkahontas Good, because I really need this shirt in order to get the message across that I am a Pretty Girl and everyone else is just here to serve me.

punkahontas

@elizabeast I know, right? Some people just can't take a hint.

City_Dater

@punkahontas

Excellent! I could totally squash into it, especially once I slice off the sleeves and cut out the neckline, but before I commit to this purchase, I should probably shave my head and get a neck tattoo. Kind of goes with it, I think.

Ophelia

@City_Dater Maybe some extra piercings, too.

punkahontas

@City_Dater You should get a neck tattoo of math problems that end in question marks. And flowers!

Impybat

I wear a lot of kids' sized clothing, and message tees like this are *everywhere*. Maybe I am missing my calling to set them on fire whenever I'm out shopping.

julia

@Impybat I'm not kid-sized, but when I see stuff like this it just adds to my anxiety about ever potentially having a daughter. "Will I even be able to clothe her or will I have to craft her outfits out of garbage bags/old blankets?"

Ophelia

@julia It's OK, all I buy now are baby shower gifts (so am an expert in clothing the minis), and this website will be your salvation: http://www.polarnopyretusa.com/

julia

@Ophelia Ha! That reminds me of Hanna Andersson, another solid kids clothier. From Sweden too of course.

ba-na-nas

@Impybat They're the best. I'm due in January and I registered for a few of their things, hopefully to give folks the idea that I don't want to dress my boy child in nothing but baby blue, trucks, and dinosaurs.

Dancercise

@Ophelia and @julia
Bless you for these links. My most recent purchase for a friend's baby was blue Mickey Mouse PJs. I almost wept in the Disney store when I saw Minnie on a pink background on all the girls' clothes and Mickey on a blue background on all the boys' clothes.

Xanthophyllippa

@julia There's a reason Fraulein Maria used the drapery, you know.

parallel-lines

I am just ugly enough to be able to vaguely understand organic chemistry.

Kivrin

@parallel-lines Omigod, you poor thing! What's a molecule? *giggles, asks boyfriend for help tying shoes*

atipofthehat

@parallel-lines

You said "organ."

Heh heh.

Hot mayonnaise

1/8 + 3/8 = 4/8

Jennifer@twitter

@Hot mayonnaise Mind blown! Math=hard.

punkahontas

@Jennifer@twitter 4x6=?

parallel-lines

@Hot mayonnaise Just like my pants size, that probelem needs to be reduced. To the salad!

Jennifer@twitter

@punkahontas I'm sorry, but my lady mind is too feeble. I'm going to have to ask my male coworker to solve this for me.

Dancercise

@Hot mayonnaise
I didn't even notice the math stuff on it at first. Jeez, JCP, way to perpetuate a stereotype.

Ophelia

@Jennifer@twitter I think it = a photo.

fondue with cheddar

@Hot mayonnaise Don't they know it's 4/16?!

julia

When I was in high school it seems like that was the time that the "hottie" and "princess" T Shirts started exploding from the Hot Topic. Thinking myself very cute and clever I took a men's undershirt and smeared "UGLY" on it with black & gold puff paint. My mom HATED that shirt... I kind of wish I still had it.

Ophelia

@julia That's awesome. I think you should make more and sell them.

hallu

@julia I hated those shirts with a passion. I remember a girl in 1st grade (1988?) had a shirt that said "spoiled rotten" on it and I remember hating that shirt.

fondue with cheddar

@julia Or better yet, the shorts that say it on the butt.

Megasus

@julia A friend had one of these on a zip hoodie so we called her "Hot Tie".
I think it was worse when it said this stuff on the bum of velour trackpants though.

L M
L M

I very unapologetically want this and the only thing stopping me is that I'm currently trying to EMPTY my closet, not fill it.

Susanna@twitter

@Lucia Martinez SAME.

ribs+bbq

@Lucia Martinez SAME.

VictorVictrola

I'm torn between the above and getting http://tinyurl.com/44shbsn

I start grad school and want to make a good first impression.

Ophelia

@VictorVictrola Maybe layer them? Or bring a friend, so you can each wear one.

punkahontas

@VictorVictrola They are on sale, get them both! Fall Wardrobe Essentials!!!

(Then barf on them, and send them back to JCP.)

punkahontas

@Ophelia It would be awesome to layer them, because then when your friend tells you "OMG TAKE OFF THAT HORRIBLE SHIRT!" You can just peel one off and have an even more horrible one underneath.

VictorVictrola

@punkahontas @Ophelia you guys are so smart.

Ooh and then I'll accessorize with these: http://tinyurl.com/3ccqjfs
Don't mind me, just taking care of some back-to-school basics.

punkahontas

@VictorVictrola Are you saying we're not pretty?

PS. The "Pretty Young" bracelet is "Pretty Creepy".

VictorVictrola

@punkahontas do you have a shirt in your closet to say otherwise? I've been told to form opinions on aesthetics based on cotton-emblazoned slogans.

Ophelia

@VictorVictrola I hope going to grad school won't prevent you from embarking on a career as a stylist, because OMG.

VictorVictrola

@VictorVictrola Oh don't fret, I'm sure I can fit it in, what with all the time that'll be freed up from not having any homework to do and all.

atipofthehat

@VictorVictrola

Here's one for grad school!

VictorVictrola

@VictorVictrola hahahaSOBha
Owners of all said shirts should know it's been done better, before: http://tinyurl.com/4xwp2qq

atipofthehat

@punkahontas

"I'm
too
SLUTTY
to do
HOMEWORK
so I'm doing
MY TEACHER"

teeshirts will be available tomorrow in all sizes.

The Lady of Shalott

@atipofthehat Dear Lord, it's truly shameful how much I laughed at that.

young preeezy

It's time for a Malibu Stacy reference: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ftde81QNXDY

area@twitter

@prizzzle "Don't ask me- I'm just a girl! Tee hee!"

becky@twitter

@prizzzle MATH CLASS IS TOUGH! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NO0cvqT1tAE

shenannies

@prizzzle Best part of that episode: "Oh you all have hideous hair!"

young preeezy

@shenannies HA, YES!! I so badly wanted to link to that clip, but couldn't find one anywhere.

young preeezy

@becky@twitter "Do you have a crush on anyone?" OH dear god... I'm so glad you found this! I've always wondered what the real talking barbie was like. Also, I just don't trust her. Saying "I'm always here to help you" followed with "...do you have a CRUSH on anyone?" with a certain tone in her voice... I just know she'll be spreading my secrets all around school the next day. In her fabulous new party dress. Ugh, bitch.

becky@twitter

@prizzzle barbie would be the first one to sell your secrets to the inquirer.

Susanna@twitter

My main problem with this is that I hate T-shirts with long sleeves.

cosmia

Justin Bieber would want you to do your homework.

AmeliaBadelia

The link doesn't work anymore - maybe they pulled it down? Ladies on Twitter are giving the JCPenney folks hell. Well done!

annie d m@twitter

Holy hell. Is it also implying some sort of creepy incest that she'll use her feminine wiles to get her brother to do her homework?

I hate everything about this shirt.

atipofthehat

@annie d m@twitter

Exactly!

This shirt has many layers, not all of them cotton.

Carrie Hill Wilner

I just don't even see that WORKING. What kind of brothers do these people have?

My shirt would have to say: I'm too pretty to do homework so I asked my brother to do it for me, and he was like, "oh, sure I'll get _right_ on that" and then he left to go practice in his band that only has three guitarists in it and when I got home he was watching the Yankees and when I was like where's my homework he was like "literally, go fuck yourself?"

MollyculeTheory

@Carrie Hill Wilner I know! My brother would've needed a matching shirt that says "I'm too stoned to do homework so my sister will fail out of school."

Carrie Hill Wilner

@MollyculeTheory I was too pretty to do homework until my brother stabbed me in the cheek with a fork during his sixth birthday party and even now when we are both adults and I ask him why he's like, "I dunno, the party was getting boring."

I'm saving the rest of these for the Things Siblings Did bracket.

MollyculeTheory

@Carrie Hill Wilner Aah when my brother was 7 he knocked out my front teeth with a GI Joe. They are fake to this day! Brothers.

sarahf

@Carrie Hill Wilner "that only has three guitarists in it" BUHAHAHAHAHA!

formergr

@shannonmkennedy@twitter Wow, there certainly has been quite a response. Unless I missed it, though, they haven't yet issued a response, have they? I saw that the tee is apparently no longer for sale.

I also learned from @Jcpenney that "Styling 101: Lower rise, flat-front pants can help minimize a heavy bottom. jcp.is/nGkYv6 #whattowear" You know, in case anyone was wondering.

becky@twitter

@formergr they did issue a response via facebook. http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/jcpenney-pulls-t-shirt-celebrating-girls-too-pretty-do-homework-134543

gfrancie

I wonder if there was ANYONE at any time during the process for the approval of this garment that said, "hrm. Might this draw some comments?"

JStallz

Oh em gee I totally have this shirt! Only I tore off the sleeves and wear it as a belly tank. And I pair it with booty shorts and stiletto heels for maximum effect. I mean, I only went to college to get my MRS and not a BA, amirite??

T-riffic

This coupled with the banner ad announcing Whitney Cummings' new sitcom on NBC just makes me sad.

becky@twitter

@BigSteve ugh. i can't stand whitney cummings. she is not funny. there are funny, hilarious, talented, smart ladies in the world who deserve that time slot.

becky@twitter

don't worry... JC penney might have discontinued that one, but they have another doozy:

http://www.jcpenney.com/jcp/X6.aspx?GrpTyp=PRD&ItemID=1aa1802&cat=girls+7-16&pcat=GIRLS&catid=81457&pcatid=77892&x5view=1&cattyp=RLE&Ne=4294957900+29+3+1031+8+18+949&NOffset=0&SO=0&CatSel=4294932515|tops+%2B+tees&Nao=21&N=4294932515&dep=GIRLS&SelDim=4294957900~&deptid=77892&PSO=0&CmCatId=77892|81457&sa=1

Ophelia

@becky@twitter Oh, for fuck's sake.

fondue with cheddar

@becky@twitter WOW.

They almost, but not quite, make up for it with this one:
http://www.jcpenney.com/jcp/X6.aspx?Grptyp=PRD&ItemId=1c4066d&cmOrigId=1b429f0&cmTypeFlag=RichRel&cmCatID=77892|81457

becky@twitter

@Ophelia the only words i have right now for jc penney are angry.

in case some of you don't want to copy & paste that giant link, here's a much shorter one: http://jcp.is/puq1QG

Ophelia

@becky@twitter I actually created a twitter account today just for this. AAAARGH.

E
E

I want one that reads, "I'm too pretty, you go wash the dishes."

fondue with cheddar

MATH IS EASY AFTER ALL! LOOK!
http://www.jcpenney.com/jcp/X6.aspx?Grptyp=PRD&ItemId=1c4064f&cmOrigId=1c40643&cmTypeFlag=RichRel&cmCatID=77892|81457

Tulletilsynet

You have created a collectible.

FoxyRoxy

I'm always... somehow impressed at the many eyes and minds this sort of idea passes before and still, such nonsense, finds it way into existence.

shannonmkennedy@twitter

Can I get a shirt that says "I'm way too fucking old and bitchy for this shit" JCPenney?

Anne B

And that's worse than this Urban tee how, exactly? http://urbout.co/pAx9Sf

shannonmkennedy@twitter

@Anne B I think it's because the JCPenney shirt is hideously sexist and reinforces awful ideas for/about girls but as far as I can tell the Urban Outfitters shirt is equal opportunity stupid.

jigglemypuff

@Anne B That's been my motto since 1986.

Cojiro

I agree, it's terrible. But a friend of mine brought up a good point about how and why this gained the firestorm it has. There are all kinds of similar t-shirts out there like this one (some are much worse). Why has this one in particular been riding along the tops of the internet waves? I told her Rome wasn't built in a day.

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