Say It Ain't So, Tommy
Date Added: June 6, 2002
Who among us has not been in a dressing room and said to ourselves "There's no way these clothes were intended for my body?" Given this, it is not hard to understand why rumors that the poor fit was actually a conscious decision by the designer are so popular on the 'net. Pepper in a supposed on-air clash of celebrities and you've got a tasty dish - but only if it were true.
Subject: Tommy Hilfiger on Oprah
Hello, please read.... and pass on if you haven't already! Everyone needs to see this.
Good for Oprah!!!! I'm sure many of you watched the recent taping of The Oprah Winfrey Show, where her guest was Tommy Hilfiger. On the show, she asked him if the statements about race he was accused of saying were true. Statements like"...if I'd known African-Americans, Hispanics, Jewish and Asians would buy my clothes, I would not have made them so nice. I wish these people would *NOT* buy my clothes, as they are made for upper class white people."
His answer to Oprah was a simple "YES". Where after she immediately asked him to leave her show. My suggestion? Don't buy your next shirt or Perfume from Tommy Hilfiger. Let's give him what he asked for. Let's not buy His clothes, let's put him in a financial state where he himself will NOT be able to afford the ridiculous prices he puts on his clothes.
BOYCOTT PLEASE...., & SEND THIS MESSAGE TO ANYONE YOU KNOW
Nothing empowers people quite like their own survival!
Tommy Hilfiger is not the first (or last) famous person to be falsely accused of publicly telling certain ethnic groups to not buy their products. Liz Claiborne, Lauren Hill and Shakira all stand accused.
Similarly, another chain suggests that some companies even go as far as to create policies prohibiting outreach to certain demographics.
Some of these claims are based on misunderstandings, while others, like the one above, are complete fabrications built on favorite elements of urban legendry. None stand up to scrutiny.
In a January 2001 press release, the Tommy Hilfiger company denied that their founder ever made such a statement:
"The facts remain simple and cannot be disputed. Tommy Hilfiger did not make the alleged comments, he has never appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show and, in fact, Ms. Winfrey herself, on her January 11, 1999 program, stated Tommy Hilfiger has never been on her show nor has she ever met him.
"Most importantly, Tommy Hilfiger wants his clothing to be enjoyed by people of all backgrounds and his collections are put together with the broadest cross-section of individuals in mind. To reinforce this, he features models of all ethnic backgrounds in his fashion shows and advertisements."
So pervasive is this rumor that, by 2004, the company had set aside an entire section on their corporate web site to deny it, featuring statements from Hilfiger, Winfrey, the Anti-Defamation League and Hilfiger customers. Break this chain.