The Speedo swimsuit brand is under fire for goggles it is marketing as “Asian fit.”
The goggles appear on the Speedo website with the name “Aquapure Asian Fit” with a price of $40.
“The unique IQfit™ goggle seal has been created using 3D head scan data from the South East Asian population. The result is a precision fit specifically engineered for Asian faces,” the website description reads.
But some online, including one man on Facebook, Adam Ong, found the name of the goggles offensive.
“Looking forward to the Asian Fit wetsuit with built in chopstick holders and padded out crotch area,” he wrote.
One commenter, Johnny Cheung, shared his review of the product on the Speedo Australia website.
“As a fellow Asian, I ask my brothers and sisters, ”Remember those times that you forgot your goggles for school sport and you had to borrow goggles from your either white/black/brown friends?” he wrote.
“Those darn goggles would never fit entirely… you would be doing freestyle with your eyes closed because those flinging flanging things would never stay on your face!”
Others were also angered.
“I blame my lack of Olympic swimming achievements on Speedo’s lack of foresight,” wrote Gerald Full.
Because apparently not offending people now includes pretending men can be women, white people can be black and Asian people have the same shape eyes as other races.
Not everyone on Ong’s page was offended.
“Is this for real?! I need me a pair of these!” Emily Chiu wrote.
“So good! Thank u speedo. If only they did the same for sunnies and glasses here,” Ninan Jin said.
And, as Matthew Nelson pointed out, “Oakley have been doing the same with their glasses for years.”
And a quick Google search showed that many companies have similar “Asian fit” eyewear.
But any reason to be offended works.
h/t: Daily Mail.
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