Thursday, January 17, 2008

In defense of Dov Charney, or at least of heather grey rompers

Jezebel just posted an article about CEO of American Apparel Dov Charney and his off-camera bad behavior to CNBC reporter Margaret Brennan in the days before his sexual harassment lawsuit goes to trial. The best part about the article, which rails against Charney for being misogynistic and an overall awful person (can't disagree there), comes at the end with:

"PS: Love the new jersey dresses!"

Because doesn't that sum up America's attitude towards American Apparel, and the entertainment world in general, just so completely? Lindsay can get DUI's and Britney can endanger her children and Dov Charney can grab my ass at a loft party before offering me a bump from his supersized baggie of coke, but we still forgive them. Perhaps it's true that Charney's opinions towards women don't necessarily reflect in American Apparel's clothing, but they definitely do in the ad campaigns. I can't hate Dov Charney because he dresses me almost every single day. He uses fair labor. He might be an asshole and a cokehead and a completely unprofessional CEO, but at the end of the day, the sales speak for themselves: and everyone I know is a daily American Apparel model.

-Jess

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