Saturday, August 13, 2005

more on american apparel

Now, I'm sure that some readers will already know about my one-woman boycott of american apparel.

In case you didn't, or wanted even more reading on the subject, check out this article on how agitating for USAS may hurt your chances of Dov Charney hiring you. [Unless of course you are a really hot woman, and then he can probably overlook your activist roots. Especially if you model wet t-shirts for him.]

Correction: Matt was actually the one who first told me about American Apparel. So, he started the boycott, which I guess is officially up to three now. Go Matt!


Blogger Miriam said...

No no, it's a two woman boycott! You could say, "Whatever, he's no worse than Hanes or Fruit of the Loom," but I know that if one of those companies ran an ad campaign like American Apparel's there's no way we'd tolerate it. I really think Dov Charney might be the worst person in the world. He actually reminds me of roommates I've had, which is not a good thing.

Anyway, I'm flying to California today! I hope I get to see you.

8/14/2005 6:59 AM  
Blogger zach said...

watch out. I posted some stuff about American Apparel, Dov Charney, and the UNITE drive on my blog and was beseiged with comments (much like the In These Times piece has been) alleging that the union was trying to trick the workers, that the workers had mounted "the first protest against an industrial union in the history of the labor movement" which would still be bs even if Charney hadn't staged a captive audience anti-union rally and managers hadn't circulated threats of plant closure, and otherwise trying to brainwash me into the cult of AA. Hope the ban on anonymous commenters spares you from the viral marketing PR blitz.

8/14/2005 7:18 AM  
Blogger vincentt said...

Power to the People...

8/14/2005 7:24 AM  
Blogger mcplunk said...

hey, i can take them on. unions are my life!

8/14/2005 7:09 PM  
Blogger zach said...

right. congrats on the job, by the way. I just think blog comment wars are kind of silly and not particularly useful substitutes for actual organizing conversations.

8/14/2005 8:18 PM  
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8/15/2005 7:41 AM  
Blogger Sheelzebub said...

Heh. I had the same experience, Zach. I've noticed that almost identical comments are posted under different names on different blogs critical of Charney.

I posted about it here.

8/24/2005 4:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

American Apparel is a very outstanding company. Dov C, has a passion and its fashion. Take a look around, He is doing nothing wrong in any sense. Anyways, maybe you two, or three could protest against something that is a lot more important,like the war in Iraq or gas prices. Get a Life

9/03/2005 7:05 PM  
Anonymous AA really does suck! said...

any one posting a pro-american apparel comments are most likely one of his "girls" who are brainwashed into the cult of AA and think that Dov is a genius (gag) and a great man (sound of vomiting). Everyone who has quit or been fired from AA were the ones with the intelligence to know what it really means to be a woman. All of those donut head girls think that somehow they finally have sexual power. Honey...if some man with a small dick for a brain tells you your pretty and to express your self is nowhere near to you truly having 'sexual power'. AA is a state of nazism and is a dysfunctional polygimist family. I do have a life. My life is not me needing to express my sexuallity for a man. There is no sexual revolution. No one cares enough about the sexual experience. Hence why AIDS is still soaring. By the way Dov thinks he's " immune to the disease because AIDS is a gay disease', not making it up, those are his words. I agree. Why do we still need to push the envelope about sex when no one cares except middle america and who cares about them anyway. Who cares about the poor? Dov doesn't either. He exploits them and abuses them and walks over minorities everyday. He puts the blacks and hispanics in the basement to work, unless your a sex kitten, then you can be on the floor. I agree. There are more important things then Dov, too bad Dov doesn't know that.

9/04/2005 12:10 AM  
Anonymous aa really does suck! said...

Dov has a passion and it's fashion?! who are you? But I guess if your being paid $8 to post comments on web pages that speak the truth about Charney I would write something that inane to. Keep up the good work.

Did you know that he is having people sign clauses that in the event of recieving a raise or bonus they (the employee) will not sue the company for any reason. Hmmmm......that's not un-ethical. That's just Dov protecting himself from people who are trying to steal his money. oh no!

9/04/2005 12:30 AM  
Blogger mcplunk said...

i'm excited to see that this post has generated so much commentary! they just opened an AA store in berkeley, so maybe matt & i will have to take our 2-person protest over there.

9/10/2005 9:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not sure if this criticism has been raised yet, but, regardless of the fact that Charney is disgusting, American Apparel clothes are still all made from cotton and tied to the cotton industry which is an industry where workers are still hugely exploited and are very much paid wages below the standard of living. Not to mention the other environmental factors related to the production of cotton cloth. Their sweatshop free moniker is relatively little more than an gimmick anyway.

I'm all for the boycott!


11/20/2005 8:36 AM  
Blogger Annie said...

Ever so obnoxious, check out the latest from AA

9/06/2007 1:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I feel that some of you have missed the point here. Sex sells clothes - we all know that. The models are probably 'of age' .. okay. The problem is when the models are in poses to make them look childlike. That is the problem.

11/16/2007 5:34 PM  
Anonymous Michelle said...

I regularly visit Jessica London store providing huge discount on apparels, shoes and on many other accessories. I always do my shopping from here.

12/22/2007 2:39 AM  
Blogger Chus said...

This is what I think: Dov Chaney

9/21/2008 1:44 AM  

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