Fu*k American Apparel and their overpriced leggings!!! While their advertising campaigns and hiring policies have been raising eyebrows and red flags for some time now, the latest news has us handing them a “Ho Sit Down!” Pop the hood for details
Gawker just released internal documents from American Apparel detailing their fu*ked up hiring process that includes details about what they are and aren’t looking for. Naturally we were most offended when we read the following recollection from a former American Apparel manager about instructions she received regarding what kind of black girls she should try to hire during the company’s open calls:
“none of the trashy kind that come in, we don’t want that. we’re not trying to sell our clothes to them. try to find some of these classy black girls, with nice hair, you know?”
i will remember that forever, especially the “nice hair” part. he was instructing another manager and i on who to look for during an upcoming open call, and i sat there dumbfounded, listening to him speak while the other manager made “uh huh, got it” sounds on her end of the phone. the other manager on the call with me later became a district manager, and at one point instructed me to tell two of my employees (both of whom happened to be black females) to stop straightening their hair. i refused to do this, but wondered if the mentality behind her request was related to what dov had said.
BTW, if you don’t already know, Dov is Dov Charney — CEO of the company and the perv behind all the nasty skeezy ads that are constantly getting trashed… Oh and clearly Todos Los Colores is not the case!!! We couldn’t even find an American Apparel ad that featured a recognizably African-American model to feature as the photo to run with this post.
It’s about time to boycott these beyatches…