“This tank is perfect for the kidz who’d like to add a lil irony to their wardrobe and aren’t afraid to make a statement.”
“Either way, you’re bound to attract attention and start conversations boo :)” If you’re opening line is “I’m an asshole,” you’ve found your tank top. Marek + Richard, an online clothing store marketed to gay men, thought this would be a good idea. They thought wrong. The worst part is, it’s also sold out.
As the Daily Dot is reporting, Marek + Richard stirred up both controversy and faced a social media backlash. In reality, while it doesn’t doesn’t reflect well on the manufacturers, the fact that it’s sold out makes a broader, sadder statement on the gay community.
“It’s the infamous phrase you’ve prolly seen on your fave hookup app. But don’t worry boo we luv our fems/curvy gurlz and also satire for that matter.” That is how the description for the shirt begins now. The second sentence was added after tweets like these started appearing almost instantly:
— Lamar Dawson (@DawsonL7) April 27, 2016
— Gabriel Arana (@gabrielarana) April 27, 2016
@Marek_Richard No Fats/Fems
What happened to love conquers hate we already created climates of separation w/in our ranks. Be better humans
— Michael M MI (@MichaelJMapes) April 27, 2016
— JDegarson (@johndegarson) April 28, 2016
— Kyle Turner (@TyleKurner) April 28, 2016
“Founded in May 2011 by Neil Marek and Robbie Richard (two boys who met while pursuing fashion degrees at The University of North Texas), M+R is a casual knitwear line based in Dallas, Texas.” “It offers a wide range of rad gear (everything from jockstraps to sweatpants) in collections inspired by FUN STUFF like street fashion, youth trends, and pop-culture.”
Since when is discrimination fun? Yes, we’ve all seen that phrase far too many times. Even if they left off the rest, our minds would finish the sentence with the “No Asians, No Blacks” etc. that are usually found before the period.Diesel Washington had something to say about the lack of diversity in gay porn. In many ways, we all have the same narrow view of beauty established by Chuck “Seed Money” Holmes when it comes to what we perceive as the gay adonis.
That’s why there are sites, albeit not enough fo them, for all differents kinds of men and the men who like them. Part of the key, porn-wise, is having the right models on the right site. But not every gay man has blue screen aspirations or the physical assets to be a porn star. The diversity issue in gay porn is representative of the larger diversity issue in gay culture.
It’s also true that when people go out for dinner, they’re usually paying for something more than they would make for themselves at home. There’s nothing wrong with that.
But the message this shirt is sending is not about porn. It’s saying to almost anyone who isn’t “circuit boy material” that they don’t even deserve to be in the gay community. And there’s a lot wrong with that.
And now, back to our regularly scheduled pornography.