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September 1st, 2011
09:49 PM ET

The RidicuList: JcPenney

Editor's note: Anderson Cooper explains why a t-shirt, has added retailer JcPenney to the RidicuList.


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  1. A.Kilroy

    I’m so glad you decided to feature these sexist shirts on the RidicuList. These are perfect examples of the misogynistic undertones that distort body image and self-worth. Unfortunately, you unraveled anything positive by joking in a trailer leading up to the piece that the “homework shirt” was only available in extra large. This comment is only ironically funny if you are implying that an “extra large” girl couldn’t be pretty enough to con her way out of doing her own homework. I’m disappointed with the inconsistencies in your message.

    September 3, 2011 at 8:20 am |
  2. Ann Becker-Schutte

    I hope that this kind of publicity for JC Penney will also lead to a higher public profile for business like Pigtail Pals–which created a response T-Shirt that says "Pretty has nothing to do with it", and generally provides a product line celebrating imagination and options for girls and boys; or 7 Wonderlicious, focusing on empowering, age-appropriate clothes for girls. I'm not affiliated with either of these companies. They *do* make the kinds of clothes I want my kids to wear, and I hope that they get some press out of this mess!

    September 2, 2011 at 6:29 pm |
  3. luis

    AC love the show bro...another great story of complete ridiculousness...from a former Marine.

    September 2, 2011 at 4:57 pm |
  4. Stephanie

    Thank you Anderson Cooper! I am SO glad someone has brought attention to the inappropriate messages we are dressing our children in. It isn't just at JC Penny. I love Target, but I have seen t-shirts in the boys section saying "The BEST on the Field" and so on. My most recent discovery was while I was shopping for school supplies. There was a notebook for sale and on the cover of the notebook simply said "i>u". This is SO disturbing to me. What are we teaching our kids? Our future? Is anyone really better than the next person? After seeing the t-shirt I started making notes about t-shirts I would like to make for my children (7 yr old son, 5 yr old daughter). Some of my ideas..."I am a good citizen." I clean up my messes." "I say please and thank you." "I'm a good kid." Etc. It is NO WONDER congress is functioning the way it is, unemployment is at it's high, and the economy is in the crapper. Everyone feels so entitled. I sure hope that as a parent, I am able to teach my children the value of all life. I think so far we are on the right track. My son, as he was getting out of the car to go into school, bent down and picked up someone else's juice box from the ground and tossed it in the trash on his way into school. When I commented on his actions later in the day, letting him know I was proud of him for doing a good deed he said, "I love the earth. I need to take care of it." He deserves a shirt that says, "I am a good kid."

    September 2, 2011 at 11:39 am |
  5. Lennice Ayala

    I blame the media, all the hype about females having skinny bodies, large breasts and such. Females are no more than sex objects and I'm sick of it. We have some very intelligent woman in this world of ours. Mrs. Hilary Clinton for one. Those young ladies who have gone into space. Doctors, Lawyers, judges and so on. Our daughters should have their pictures on their tee shirts with a caption that reads...."My Hero" or "I want to be like her" Wouldn't that be better for our daughters?

    September 2, 2011 at 12:55 am |
  6. Ian T.

    It's a t-shirt not a bomb. Don't like it? Don't buy it. If as many people got together as they did over this about things that actually MATTER this country would be a much better place.

    September 1, 2011 at 11:35 pm |
  7. angela

    I can't believe this is even worth talking about...there are way too many other ridiculous things out there in the world.....I love you Anderson...but this one...was just plain......ridiculous

    September 1, 2011 at 11:32 pm |
  8. Carol

    Unfortunately, there's no accounting for TASTE and or VALUES! So sad

    September 1, 2011 at 11:23 pm |
  9. J. Fedora

    These shirts are awful but you don't need to buy them. And who does buy them? The parents not the kids. That is ridiculous. How about a plain colored shirt with no words, logos or graphics.

    September 1, 2011 at 11:18 pm |
  10. jr kingsbury

    I have shopped at JCPenney for years. Frankly, if I don't like what I see – I don't buy it. A lot of the shirts are supposed to be funny, but I can see where some people with no sense of humor would be offended. If you instill the right values in your children to begin with, a single t-shirt message is not going to undermine your teachings.

    September 1, 2011 at 11:07 pm |
  11. J.Combs

    Regarding your coverage on the JCPenny ridiculous T Shirts. I shop for my 6 year old grandson and visited the
    local JCPenny, hoping to find him some clothes for school. You should see the awful T shirts that JCPenny tries
    to sell. Skulls, bloody figures, muscular heroes are just a sampling. Thank you for making everyone aware of
    what is being marketed to young children.

    September 1, 2011 at 10:42 pm |