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Abercrombie & Fitch CEO’s Alleged Comments About ‘Larger Shoppers’ Strikes An Angry Chord With Women
cbsla.com ^ | May 8, 2013 8:44 PM | Kristine Lazar

Posted on 05/08/2013 9:05:22 PM PDT by BenLurkin

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Controversial comments about plus-size shoppers made by the CEO of Abercrombie & Fitch have struck an angry chord with women.

The size chart at the popular clothing store doesn’t go past a size 10, and that’s exactly how Mike Jeffries wants it.

According to Robin Lewis, the author of the “New Rules of Retail,” Jeffries said he “doesn’t want larger people shopping in his store. He wants thin and beautiful people. He doesn’t want his core customers to see people who aren’t as hot as them wearing his clothing. People who wear his clothing should feel like they’re one of the ‘cool kids.’”

In a 2006 interview with Salon magazine, Jeffries admitted his company isn’t targeting all shapes and sizes.

He said, “A lot of people don’t belong (in our clothes), and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely.”

CBS2’s Kristine Lazar spoke with a number of women who were outraged about Jeffries’ stance on what is considered beautiful.

“Tells (women) that they need to be a certain size in order to appreciate their body and that’s not true,” said shopper Andrea Haykel.

“To be thin is to be cool, that’s what I think (he’s saying),” said Denise Vanleuvan. “That’s not okay.”

“There are full-figured women out there and they shouldn’t be judged by this man,” said Jessica Nerio.

Erica Ives, a certified eating disorder specialist, said it’s up to parents to use the publicity surrounding Jeffries’ quote to open up a dialogue with their teen.

“The first thing is… do not minimize their experience. But then, yes, you have to focus on the other traits that make people beautiful,” she said.

Lazar’s calls to Abercrombie’s headquarters were not returned.


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Nothing will get you in trouble faster than telling the truth.
1 posted on 05/08/2013 9:05:22 PM PDT by BenLurkin
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To: BenLurkin

what that CEO really wants is little boys....


2 posted on 05/08/2013 9:07:56 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: BenLurkin

What truth?


3 posted on 05/08/2013 9:08:27 PM PDT by svcw (If you are dead when your heart stops, why aren't you alive when it starts.)
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To: Nifster

Probably.

Now we’re both in trouble.


4 posted on 05/08/2013 9:08:35 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: svcw

It’s over there under the bus.


5 posted on 05/08/2013 9:09:32 PM PDT by pax_et_bonum (God Bless America)
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To: BenLurkin

Marilyn Monroe need not apply.


6 posted on 05/08/2013 9:09:33 PM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class.)
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To: BenLurkin
I was thinking about this fat epidemic just the other day. I remember 20 and 30+ years ago; there simply weren't grossly fat people everywhere I looked. Of course, there was always a fat person every now and then, but not everywhere all the time.

Look around now. Go into a Wal Mart, for example, and take a look around. It seems that at least half the population is grossly FAT these days.

It's even on TV commercials. The characters on TV commercials are 30 or more pounds overweight these days. You just didn't see that kind of thing, just 10 years ago.

We've become a nation of fat dumbasses.

7 posted on 05/08/2013 9:12:44 PM PDT by IDontLikeToPayTaxes
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To: BenLurkin

I hope A&F goes out of business... for their semi-pornographic catalogues.


8 posted on 05/08/2013 9:13:20 PM PDT by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: BenLurkin

Yes but be sure and sue the bakers who don’t wish to bake a cake for the homosexual wedding. Scream to the rooftops for the homosexuals but those ugly fat people...well, we can’t have THAT.


9 posted on 05/08/2013 9:13:41 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: BenLurkin
So...fuller figured people are distraught because they can't give their money to an organization that says it has no use for them.

Do I have that right?

10 posted on 05/08/2013 9:14:47 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: GeronL

They should have stuck to shotguns.


11 posted on 05/08/2013 9:14:47 PM PDT by rktman (BACKGROUND CHECKS? YOU FIRST mr. president(not that we'd get the truth!))
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To: IDontLikeToPayTaxes
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just beat it...

12 posted on 05/08/2013 9:15:46 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: BenLurkin

BBWs can go to Wal Mart no sizes under 10.


13 posted on 05/08/2013 9:16:13 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Plan "B" is now Plan "A")
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To: BenLurkin

Our stores go past size 10 because we like to make money. Strangely enough, young, thin girls don’t have much. :)


14 posted on 05/08/2013 9:16:26 PM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: BenLurkin

I’ve always felt A&F has some of the oogliest damned clothes around. Even if their prices weren’t outrageous, I wouldn’t buy their stuff.

BTW, am I right to guess the CEO is of the “alternative lifestyle”? Because he sure sounds like it from his comments.


15 posted on 05/08/2013 9:18:05 PM PDT by DemforBush (Bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia!)
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To: BenLurkin

Oh and he IS a homosexual...
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mike_Jeffries_%28CEO%29

Looks like he has had an ugly run in with a plastic surgeon, too. Idiot. According to his rules, he best not visit any of the stores.


16 posted on 05/08/2013 9:18:33 PM PDT by Irenic (The pencil sharpener and Elmer's glue is put away-- we've lost the red wheel barrow)
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To: IDontLikeToPayTaxes

We always notice how obese people are here when we go to Europe and come back. Europe has some thick people we have obese people. I hate A&F, and their CEO likes boys, but our country has a problem. (Hint: it starts with the processed food and then the food stamps/free food to the lazy.)


17 posted on 05/08/2013 9:19:11 PM PDT by conservative cat
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To: BenLurkin

Has Michelle Barama seen this?


18 posted on 05/08/2013 9:19:55 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar
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To: BenLurkin

boo freaking hoo... the lardasses can go shop somewhere else; a business is making a strategic decision and it will live or die by it.


19 posted on 05/08/2013 9:23:03 PM PDT by sagar
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To: IDontLikeToPayTaxes

<....”We’ve become a nation of fat dumbasses”...>

Yes indeed, and if you’re “average” or “smaller than”...now you’re the oddball. You get “the look” from those with weight issues whenever in their company.


20 posted on 05/08/2013 9:23:08 PM PDT by caww
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To: sagar

<.....”the lardasses can go shop somewhere else”....>

They do have shops for larger sizes....but it’s a psycological thing...many won’t go there because that’s not really how they see themselves...doing so would be admitting what they’re trying hard to deny.


21 posted on 05/08/2013 9:25:09 PM PDT by caww
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To: BenLurkin

They have an image to uphold. I don’t think anorexics are the “cool kids” but that’s just me.


22 posted on 05/08/2013 9:25:38 PM PDT by Lurkina.n.Learnin (Obama is the Chicken Little of politics)
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To: Nifster
Little boys ain't size 10.

/johnny

23 posted on 05/08/2013 9:26:43 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: rktman
They should have stuck to shotguns

Sounds as if you remember the real Abercrombie and Fitch, which was NYC's answer to LL Bean, only better. They even had their own shotgun brand. It was one's last stop before leaving on a real big game safari.

Started coming unglued when some desperate clerk walked in one day with his own load of #4 buck and offed himself in the store. Bingo. No more new and used gun department.

Canoe? No problem. X-country skis, snowshoes,hiking boots, tents, and really good, stylish country clothes for the real people who populated the US at the time, not sleazy crap for today's metrosexual ani.

There was also the Folbot store further downtown. Got one for my 9th birthday! Worked great for a long while.

24 posted on 05/08/2013 9:26:48 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk ("Obama" the movie. Introducing Reggie Love as "Monica." .)
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To: BenLurkin

Relax. This is Liberal Cognitive Dissonance at work.

Fat feminist chix vs. homosexual hoity toity elitists.

In the immortal words of our former Texas (R) governor Bill Clements...

“If it’s inevitable, just relax and enjoy it.”


25 posted on 05/08/2013 9:30:12 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: Kenny Bunk

Oh yeah, and big game guns. You are correct. Some mighty fine weapons. Now they’ve devolved into a hot steamin’ pile. No silk panties for men back then. LOL! Never went there but I have read about some of the fine weapons.


26 posted on 05/08/2013 9:30:49 PM PDT by rktman (BACKGROUND CHECKS? YOU FIRST mr. president(not that we'd get the truth!))
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To: BenLurkin

If it took 7 years to resurrect an interview that upsets beached whales, it appears that they have concluded that political correctness and one of the “entitled” cultures see the time is right to get some “feel better” millions$.


27 posted on 05/08/2013 9:30:52 PM PDT by publius911 (Look for the Union label, then buy something else.)
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To: caww

>> You get “the look” from those with weight issues whenever in their company.

Hang out with a different crowd.

(or, put on some weight... whatever’s easiest...)


28 posted on 05/08/2013 9:31:27 PM PDT by Nervous Tick (Without GOD, men get what they deserve.)
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To: BenLurkin
Nothing will get you in trouble faster than telling the truth.

What truth? Size 10 isn't hot, it's school-boy skinny - the kind of thing this guy who runs Abercrombie & Fitch goes for. It's his right to market clothes to whoever he pleases, and I support that, but all the fat bashers who reflexively applaud this guy should realize that he'd probably consider you too fat for his store, too. Oh, and he wouldn't want anyone of any size who posts here shopping at his stores.
29 posted on 05/08/2013 9:31:36 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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What truth?

"No, the dress looks fine, it's your {redacted} that's fat."

Single men can say stuff like that. Especially if they are bound and determined to remain single.

America is getting fatter.

/johnny

30 posted on 05/08/2013 9:32:12 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: BenLurkin
What a prize a$$hole this creature is.

Young girls are tortured by unrealistic standards of feminine beauty that they can't hope to achieve. It makes me sick.

Boys face a similar pain when they believe that only great financial success can make them worthy of love.

The world would be a happier place if these sick ideas could be abandoned.

31 posted on 05/08/2013 9:32:23 PM PDT by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: BenLurkin
You would think a retailer would get rich focusing on larger size clothing. I wonder why nobody has come up with a successful business model yet for a clothing chain that caters exclusively to fat people.

By the way, I'm totally serious. There is a huge untapped market out there for stylish clothing that can be worn by fat people.

32 posted on 05/08/2013 9:32:25 PM PDT by SamAdams76
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To: BenLurkin

Well, if the mumu fits....


33 posted on 05/08/2013 9:33:03 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (What difference does it make?)
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To: BenLurkin

Don’t you mess with a big woman!


34 posted on 05/08/2013 9:33:56 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: IDontLikeToPayTaxes
Look around now. Go into a Wal Mart, for example, and take a look around. It seems that at least half the population is grossly FAT these days.

Yep.
It's lots. Around 50% of the population, who have never and will never work, don't pay income taxes, and get lots of food stamps, or whatever they call it these days...

35 posted on 05/08/2013 9:33:58 PM PDT by publius911 (Look for the Union label, then buy something else.)
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Thornton Melon: [television commercial] Hi there. Are you a large person? Pleasantly plump? A little on the hefty side, perhaps? Well, let’s face it: Are you FAT? When you go jogging, do you leave pot-holes? When you make love, do you have to give directions? At the zoo, do the elephants throw YOU peanuts? Do you look at a menu and say ‘OK’? Well, now, you can eat all you want, because at Thornton Melon’s “Tall & Fat” stores, we’ve got you covered. That’s right. Fine woolen, and woolen-blend suits and sport coats, in all the larger sizes - husky, stout, extra-stout, and the new Hindenburg line. And for you ladies we have caftans, muumuus, and our own exclusive A-frame in all colors and patterns. Yes, we have miles and miles of fabric. So take it from me, Thornton Melon, if you want to look thin, you hang out with fat people.


36 posted on 05/08/2013 9:34:21 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (What difference does it make?)
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To: Bobalu

His plastic surgeon did the best he could.


37 posted on 05/08/2013 9:36:56 PM PDT by Kenny Bunk ("Obama" the movie. Introducing Reggie Love as "Monica." .)
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To: BenLurkin

Why cant the plus size women just go to Ohmar the Tent Maker and give it a rest...


38 posted on 05/08/2013 9:37:57 PM PDT by babygene ( .)
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To: IDontLikeToPayTaxes

Yup.


39 posted on 05/08/2013 9:38:00 PM PDT by Arthurio
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“The male models who work as stewards aboard the company jet are required to wear Abercrombie branded polos, jeans, boxer-briefs and flip-flops as part of their uniform, as well as a “spritz” of cologne. The information came to light as a result of a lawsuit that claimed Jeffries fired his pilot in order to replace him with a younger man.”

Unbelievable.


40 posted on 05/08/2013 9:39:55 PM PDT by Liberty Wins
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To: BenLurkin

There are a million reasons to hate Anercrombie. I boycott them for their horrible shirts that are unfair to individuals and groups. They did the Loser shirts and the throw rocks at boys shirts. I hate Abercrombie.


41 posted on 05/08/2013 9:40:00 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Veggie Todd

Thanx for the reminder about the Rodney Dangerfield movie which featured that “commercial”


42 posted on 05/08/2013 9:41:12 PM PDT by howlinhound (Live your life so that, when you get up in the morning, Satan says, "Oh Crap!..He's awake" - Unknown)
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To: SamAdams76

Guess you haven’t been to Ross or TJ Maxx. They seem to cater exclusively to short hippos.


43 posted on 05/08/2013 9:43:20 PM PDT by Arthurio
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To: AnotherUnixGeek
Size 10 isn't hot, it's school-boy skinny

You know school boys that weigh 145 lbs? Have you ever bought clothes for a woman?

/johnny

44 posted on 05/08/2013 9:44:29 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: Nervous Tick

That was Claytie Williams, not Gov. Clements. That comment cost him the election to succeed Clements, too.


45 posted on 05/08/2013 9:47:18 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: BenLurkin

Ah yes, truth telling is a lost art and it certainly does not come with praise...heh.


46 posted on 05/08/2013 9:47:35 PM PDT by Deagle (quo)
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>> a homosexual...

Misogynists as far as I’m concerned.


47 posted on 05/08/2013 9:47:41 PM PDT by Gene Eric (The Palin Doctrine.)
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To: reg45
I thought the same thing. Wasn't Marilyn Monroe a size 12?

My daughter is a 4-6 and my niece is a 00 (yes Size double zero!) They don't even like the clothe at A&F. I believe one of nieces friends called it “skank central”. (Direct quote)

And just because you don't make a size higher then 10 doesn't mean people don't wear your clothes. I've been to the mall and to high school and there are people wearing clothes that don't fit. You aren't a Size 4 because you squeeze your butt into a Size 4! I am not considered “plus size” but I'd rather see a larger person wearing proper fitting clothes then smaller people squeezing into clothes to try to “fit in”. ‘Cuz they don't “fit in”.

48 posted on 05/08/2013 9:47:51 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: IDontLikeToPayTaxes; BenLurkin
Look around now. Go into a Wal Mart, for example, and take a look around. It seems that at least half the population is grossly FAT these days.

Yeah, but that's because it's mostly women.

49 posted on 05/08/2013 9:54:48 PM PDT by UCANSEE2 (The monsters are due on Maple Street)
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To: BenLurkin
Abercrombie & Fitch was once an outfitter, IIRC. Now they are nothing more than titillaters.



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50 posted on 05/08/2013 9:54:59 PM PDT by ConorMacNessa (HM/2 USN, 3/5 Marines RVN 1969 - St. Michael the Archangel defend us in Battle!)
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