Georgetown American Apparel threatened over “Legalize Gay” T-shirts
Yesterday morning the American Apparel store on M St. received a call threatening to break their windows if they didn’t remove the “Legalize Gay” T-shirts displayed there, according to Washington City Paper‘s The Sexist blog:
Around 10:30 a.m., visual merchandiser Walter Reed fielded a call from a male who was “enraged for no reason.”
“He was like, is this the Silver Spring location? And I said, ‘No, this is the Georgetown location, ‘” says Reed. “He said, ‘You have some Legalize Gay shirts in the window there.’ He said that he and his friends found it offensive, and that if we didn’t take them down, they were going to break it—the window,” said Reed. “I said, ‘Is that a threat, Sir?’ And then he hung up.”
The threat is particularly credible because on Monday an American Apparel branch in Silver Spring, which was also showcasing the “Legalize Gay” tees, did have its window broken (but nothing was stolen).
Update 12:00 p.m. American Apparel released a statement on its website about the threats and vandalism:
[N]ot only are they not going to prevent us from speaking out on an issue that is important to this company and our employees but we’ll continue to run Legalize Gay advertisements in papers across DC-Metro area. We’ll also send Legalize Gay t-shirts to any group in Washington DC that is fighting for gay rights and will help support any protest or rally for the cause.We don’t find this kind of thing funny and we definitely don’t find it intimidating.