A pair of graphic shorts with a “Fake News” print have sold out online after sparking a meltdown from liberal journalists.
The bike shorts, offered as part of a line of clothing with the controversial catchphrase, were offered by Forever 21 clothing stores.
The shorts appeared to sell out on the Forever 21 website soon after they were offered.
Aww, they’re already completely sold out in ALL SIZES!! Be sure to log on and request notification when your size becomes available again. @Forever21 your Fake News Biker Shorts rock! But they’re all sold out…bring back more, please!!! https://t.co/tHBZXQxFwe pic.twitter.com/IlSLjFNu30
— askAuntP (@ask_auntp) July 23, 2019
They did. Went to get a pair and they are sold out!
— ??????? ???? (@RepublicEagle1) July 23, 2019
Despite the connotations of the phrase, popularized by President Donald Trump when he calls out news organizations that do not accurately deliver unbiased reporting on news stories, the shorts were apparently a hit with shoppers.
I want a pair
— Matt (@Fled81) July 24, 2019
Wait…fake news shorts? I am in
— Jesting Jodi – The John Adams Stan Account (@IMissRWReagan) July 23, 2019
Really bummed they’re already sold out!! @Forever21 @ me if you restock!!
— .ღღ╰ V ╮ღღ. (@NorthrnBelle1) July 24, 2019
Forever21 needs some Learn to Code shorts but in the meantime I will buy 100 pair of these Fake News shorts. Thanks Katherine for the heads up!
— molly ?? (@mollylolzzz) July 23, 2019
But, following hot on the heels of Macy’s politically incorrect gaffe with “fat-shaming” dinner plates, Forever 21’s offering poked liberals the wrong way again.
They also have this! ??? pic.twitter.com/Y6EQsEQEeg
— John Stull (@870_hogfan) July 23, 2019
“Oh, no! This is terrible. This is not funny, cute or fashionable @Forever 21. Why are you selling this product?” the Baltimore Sun’s Pamela Wood tweeted.
— Pamela Wood (@pwoodreporter) July 23, 2019
Wood was apparently responding to a critical tweet from Katherine Fominykh, a sports writer for the Capital Gazette.
“Turns out, all you need to express your hatred for journalists in clothing form,” she tweeted.
— Katherine Fominykh (@katfominykh) July 22, 2019
The Capital-Gazette was targeted by a gunman last year who opened fire in the newsroom’s office in Annapolis, Maryland, killing 5 employees.
Wood followed up in another tweet, adding that the clothing company “has a right to sell this product,” but that she has the “right to offer my opinion on the product and to question the company’s choice to sell it.”
To be clear, @Forever21 has a right to sell this product. We have a capitalist economy and the First Amendment guarantees the right to free speech.
However, I also have the right to offer my opinion on the product and to question the company’s choice to sell it. https://t.co/tUlQ8jt0Yo
— Pamela Wood (@pwoodreporter) July 23, 2019
Earlier this year, Bloomingdale’s pulled a “Fake News” T-shirt after one complaint sparked a backlash. Macy’s caved in to offended Twitter users this week who raised the alarm over the plates potentially encouraging eating disorders.
Macy’s pulls ‘fat-shaming’ plates after handful of blue-check Twitter accounts complain it’s ‘offensive’ https://t.co/L8FXTCeeif
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) July 23, 2019
Reports that the shorts had sold out on Forever 21’s website was welcome news for Fominykh.
Wow. They’re literally gone from the website.
— Katherine Fominykh (@katfominykh) July 23, 2019
But, the left’s meltdown provided plenty of opportunity for mockery on Twitter – and an added boost of publicity for Forever 21.
Last week in Things You Are Not Allowed To Wear, Buy, or Sell: Gadsden t-shirts.
This week: Jokey portion control plates and #FakeNews boxer shorts.#PatriotismIsBanned #GagGiftsAreBanned #AllJokesAreBanned #ALLTHETHINGSAREBANNED pic.twitter.com/FI3SMZ8OVy
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) July 23, 2019
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) July 23, 2019
A great deal! https://t.co/MB5a63RoKF
— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) July 23, 2019
Owning the libs has never been more affordable!
— Mr. Grouchybritches (@grouchybritches) July 23, 2019
You don’t understand the whole “fake news” thing, do you? https://t.co/QiCpP7c8pv
— Elliott Hamilton (@ElliottRHams) July 23, 2019
Between these and the Trump straws I am getting my Christmas shopping done way early this year. Thank you @Forever21 keep up the good work
— Thanos’ Plan (@GrowtheFKUP) July 23, 2019
Triggered by biking shorts…
I’m ordering 4 pair.
— CC (@ChatByCC) July 23, 2019
Wtf is wrong with these people??? It’s a pair of shorts…CALM DOWN! Lmfao they are making Trump 2020 so damn easy.
— RockPrincess (@Rockprincess818) July 23, 2019
No silly. The problem isn’t with real journalists. It’s with those who call themselves journalists and have no regard for the truth, their only interest is perpetuating a narrative in the interest of advancing a political agenda, aka… #FakeNews Also. The shorts are funny. ?♀️
— Beth ?????? (@Amazinggrace2me) July 23, 2019
They’re almost sold out because of the attention you brought to them. ? Nothing is better for business than a SJW busybody.
— ELC ~ Le Chat™ ??? (@SHeatherly777) July 23, 2019
Say, “Jim Acosta” at the counter, and get a second pair at half price! (Or enter code “WAAAHH” at checkout online.)
— ?? Bill DeWall (@The_Patriot_V) July 23, 2019
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