8:50 pm - 08/28/2014

Scarjo designs planned parenthood t-shirts, gets some backlash for it.


Er, from what we gather, it's because it's pink.

Scarlett Johansson has shown her support for American pro-abortion charity Planned Parenthood, by being one of a few celebrities to design a limited edition T-shirt as part of their 'Women Are Watching' campaign, which aims to educate young voters about women's health issues and women's rights.
The tee she came up with is pink, embellished with a retro-style cartoon of a wartime male politician and the words, 'Hey Politicians! The 1950s called...' on the front, and 'They want their sexism back!' on the back of it.

The tops are going to be sold for $25 (about £15) and intend to spread awareness about the outdated mindsets of most of those in governmental power.

So far, so good, right? Well no, apparently not. Because poor Scar-Jo has received a crazy amount of stick for her well-intentioned actions, and it seems it's mainly because the T-shirt is pink. Well not just that, but there have been accusations that it's "not remotely profound", and The Cut deemed it generally "unsightly":

"Unfortunately, the T-shirts are upsetting. The typeface, in particular, gallivanted down a particularly bumpy road to this cotton, but the unattractive centerpiece of the shirt is the floating head of a cartoon ghoul with a mid-century haircut and the smile of a demon. He appears alongside a severed hand holding up an old-timey phone. In conclusion: The best of intentions have gone awry, design-wise."

And even Scarlett's reasons for designing the charity tee have been lashed out at. She explained she wanted to participate because "when I heard that some politicians were cheering the [American] Supreme Court's decision to give bosses the right to interfere in our access to birth control, I thought I had woken up in another decade. I was appalled by the thought of men taking away women's ability to make our own personal health care decisions." Which is completely fair enough.

But one commentator patronisingly responds to her intentions, saying "Ms. Johansson seems to believe that if an employer does not pay for something, you can't have it. That, my dear, is faulty logic."

Of course 'Ms. Johansson' probably understands that just because some employers are no longer supplying their workers with contraception, it doesn't mean they won't ever be able to use it again. But she's probably responding to the fact that the ruling will make it more difficult for those in tough financial situations to get the birth control they want, need or deserve.

The way we see it, yes, fair enough her T-shirt may not be groundbreaking in the fashion stakes, her slogan might not be all that novel, and it's unlikely to single-handedly change the state of women's rights in the whole of the United States. But isn't it the gesture that counts? The message that's sent to young women when they see an aspirational actress like Scarlett Johansson going out of her way to support an important cause?

Scarlett doesn't claim to be a fashion designer, so might we all just be be able to cast our hyper-critical eyes aside and feel pleased that some people somewhere are trying to make a difference as best they can?

It's for a good cause, but they are pretty damn tacky.
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calinewarkwc69 28th-Aug-2014 07:59 pm (UTC)
I have worked with a lot of organizations, and they all have tacky shirts. It's like a standard. So, I'm not really mad.

And Scarjo gets some of her points back for this. I think it's actually funny she's pregnant at the moment and their putting her shirt out there for the "pro-abortion charity."
jellycar 28th-Aug-2014 08:03 pm (UTC)
lol true, but I really liked this collection.
then again, an actual designer did them.
nalaa1906 28th-Aug-2014 08:06 pm (UTC)
aw the elephants
ohwutevernvm 28th-Aug-2014 08:25 pm (UTC)
daww. gosh, i love Vivienne Westwood. my fave :)
sky3205 28th-Aug-2014 09:35 pm (UTC)
I want these!!!!
swissbeauty23 28th-Aug-2014 09:42 pm (UTC)
this is cute!
liddlebins 28th-Aug-2014 08:14 pm (UTC)
truth tbh.
all the organization tees i have are in the bottom drawer of my dresser
hxxp 28th-Aug-2014 07:59 pm (UTC)
"pro abortion charity"?
disregardless 28th-Aug-2014 08:01 pm (UTC)
I think they meant pro-choice lmao.
lipstiq 28th-Aug-2014 08:03 pm (UTC)
lol mte
bellarouze 28th-Aug-2014 08:03 pm (UTC)
anti choice people have started to say pp are pro abortion because thats how they make their $$$ ... lol
claudsx 28th-Aug-2014 08:06 pm (UTC)
lmao when it's only about 7% (maybe less) of what they deal with?
butterflysnf 28th-Aug-2014 10:04 pm (UTC)
I will imagine birth control to be more expensive, than say an abortion, and women who used it have to have regular obyn check ups, blah, blah, blah.
claudsx 28th-Aug-2014 08:04 pm (UTC)
imnotasquirrel 28th-Aug-2014 08:11 pm (UTC)
invisiblegirlx 28th-Aug-2014 08:12 pm (UTC)
i did a double take on that. Like what? who is pro-abortion?
bunnycupcakes 28th-Aug-2014 08:13 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I'm sitting here like, "WTF?"
lunarsole 28th-Aug-2014 08:13 pm (UTC)
mte, like...
jellycar 28th-Aug-2014 08:13 pm (UTC)
yeah I have no idea.
la_petite_singe 28th-Aug-2014 08:14 pm (UTC)
Seriously. Try "pro-women's health and pro-not-being-controlling-misogynistic-assholes." I guess that's harder to fit on a shirt.
calinewarkwc69 28th-Aug-2014 08:25 pm (UTC)
I mean, it's ridiculous because is anyone really "pro-abortion." Like, I don't think I've ever met or heard of a woman getting pregnant so she can run to the clinic and have an abortion.
seroquels 28th-Aug-2014 08:30 pm (UTC)
I should've read the comments first, because that was mfte.
swissbeauty23 28th-Aug-2014 09:42 pm (UTC)
msbombtastic 28th-Aug-2014 10:24 pm (UTC)
at first it sounded awkward but now I kind of like it because it properly pisses off all the anti-choicers lol
nilo 28th-Aug-2014 11:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

I'm really side-eying the hell out of that expression. There's a lot of room between being pro-choice and pro-abortion.
celtic_thistle 29th-Aug-2014 02:39 am (UTC)
Some pro-choicers are trying to take back the pro-abortion label to try to remove stigma from it. I get it. Though I don't think that's what this article is referencing, lol.
xeroxicide__ 28th-Aug-2014 08:00 pm (UTC)
Wtf is this shit article
britneyspears 28th-Aug-2014 08:02 pm (UTC)

i was so amazed by how bad it was i checked the source

an intern wrote it lmao
jellycar 28th-Aug-2014 08:04 pm (UTC)
lmao ikr but it was the only thing I could find about the t-shirts.
blue_birds 28th-Aug-2014 08:04 pm (UTC)
lol right? mess central
swissbeauty23 28th-Aug-2014 09:43 pm (UTC)
mte i couldn't get through it
tuesdayfternoon 28th-Aug-2014 09:55 pm (UTC)
Tell it Mabel
tiltheworldend 28th-Aug-2014 08:00 pm (UTC)
it blows my mind that abortion is still considered a hot topic in 2014's America like what?!! Get with the rest of the Western world plz
evett 28th-Aug-2014 08:02 pm (UTC)
abortion will always be a hot topic issue because of religion
tiltheworldend 28th-Aug-2014 08:05 pm (UTC)
Yeah but I just find it so SO weird that the same country which is moving towards totally legalizing gay marriage still has states where abortion is a matter of debate in public policy. This would never happen in Europe, even my religious af country doesnt have any issues with abortion
sharktoothdecay 28th-Aug-2014 08:03 pm (UTC)
and it's amazing how much we are going backwards on these rights and by amazing I mean fucking terrifying
lolzerz 28th-Aug-2014 08:05 pm (UTC)
im amazed when i meet females my age (20s) against abortion. like wtf are you in the wrong generation madam
ifyourunnn 28th-Aug-2014 08:05 pm (UTC)
america's not the only place it's still a hot topic, y'all have more reproductive rights than us in ireland considering abortion is almost completely illegal here and stuff like this still goes on http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2014/08/18/abortion_in_ireland_immigrant_woman_is_denied_the_procedure_forced_into.html

but yeah, places need to step the fuck up

Edited at 2014-08-28 08:06 pm (UTC)
windinthewires 28th-Aug-2014 08:06 pm (UTC)
It's not only the US. The situation is even worse in the Republic of Ireland but unfortunately there's not a lot international outcry about it.



arilicious 28th-Aug-2014 08:07 pm (UTC)
I'm pretty sure it's controversial all over the world, not just the US, but yeah, you're right.
die2nitelive4ev 28th-Aug-2014 08:13 pm (UTC)
Growing up in the UK it's much less of a taboo topic over here, trouble is it makes teens lazy with birth control because abortions are so okay (I'm still 100% pro choice)
nationalboner 28th-Aug-2014 10:36 pm (UTC)
pastelpinklace 28th-Aug-2014 08:01 pm (UTC)
a ton of backlash is an overstatement, the shirts are kinda ehhh. Don't exactly see what she did wrong aside from some assumptions some people in the article make
just444 28th-Aug-2014 08:02 pm (UTC)
good for her for supporting Planned Parenthood
cuzilubb 28th-Aug-2014 08:03 pm (UTC)
pro-abortion charity? Oh Cosmo you
britneyspears 28th-Aug-2014 08:03 pm (UTC)
lol this ~backlash~

one article from the cut and two snarky internet comments
myselfdestruct 28th-Aug-2014 08:03 pm (UTC)
It's for a good cause and I am happy she is supporting Planned Parenthood.
oblivious_frog 28th-Aug-2014 08:04 pm (UTC)
Like is this real life?
She did it for a good cause and people are going to bitch about it?
emmuzka 28th-Aug-2014 08:04 pm (UTC)
The shirt might not be the prettiest, but who cares? How many A-list celebrities you see openly support pro choice charities? Of course she'd get a back lash from it, in here it's just masked as a critique against the actual shirt.

And btw, pink is a bold choice and I would wear that shirt.
sharktoothdecay 28th-Aug-2014 08:04 pm (UTC)
I want a shirt of
how about a nice cup of shut the fuck up
mercystars 28th-Aug-2014 08:17 pm (UTC)
I saw a guy at the airport with that shirt, so they do exist!
ohwutevernvm 28th-Aug-2014 08:24 pm (UTC)
lol nice!
freemywilly 28th-Aug-2014 09:00 pm (UTC)
mte. I was expecting something worse.

the fact that it's pink is the only thing that offends me. and others, probably.
butterflysnf 28th-Aug-2014 10:08 pm (UTC)
they are not that bad, I guess they are hot pink so that the politicians noticed them, as a neutral color will go over their heads :)
magwildwood 28th-Aug-2014 10:16 pm (UTC)
Well, pink is very much associated with the 50s. Should be a softer pink though
swissbeauty23 28th-Aug-2014 09:44 pm (UTC)
i mean they're ugly but that's kind of it lol
firefox1490 28th-Aug-2014 08:05 pm (UTC)
Of all the things to come at her for this tacky ass shirt is not it.

She makes me have so many conflicting feelings.
myselfdestruct 28th-Aug-2014 08:07 pm (UTC)
OMG me too. I feel my relationship with her is so complicated.
rhapsodeeinblue 28th-Aug-2014 08:09 pm (UTC)
mte, I was expecting something way messier coming from her
youbeboy 28th-Aug-2014 08:12 pm (UTC)
holyfrijoles_2 28th-Aug-2014 08:25 pm (UTC)
lol mte.
holyfrijoles_2 28th-Aug-2014 08:06 pm (UTC)
was this article weirdly confusing to read to anyone else?

but anyway, the shirts are kind of tacky looking but most charity related shirts are. it's for a good cause, chill out.
jellycar 28th-Aug-2014 08:14 pm (UTC)
the article is a mess lmao. It says a ton of complaints and there's like two.
swissbeauty23 28th-Aug-2014 09:44 pm (UTC)
no it was super confusing to me
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