Forever 21's fashion faux pas?


Clothing retailer Forever 21 was the subject of criticism on Thursday after tweeting a picture that some say amount to appropriation of black culture. The tweet included a photo of three white models posing in T-shirts of hip-hop artists Ice Cube and N.W.A and the text: "New arrivals... straight outta Compton."

The tweet was quickly deleted, but not before screenshots were taken. This is not the first time the retailer has been accused of cultural appropriation.


Patti LaHelle posted a video response questioning the clothing design and promotion methods:

Some scrutinized the retailer's choice of models:


Others were critical of what they saw as a commodification of black culture.


A few people pointed out that there is currently no Forever 21 store in Compton, California.


Others expressed disbelief at the amount of outrage garnered by the shirts.


The controversy didn't stop a few from expressing their intent to add the shirts to their closets.


The Stream reached out to Forever 21 for comment but did not receive a response at the time of this article's publishing.

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