American Apparel. It’s bad enough that there is always a naked picture of a fifteen-year-old girl trying so, so hard to look sexy on the backs of The Village Voice and The Onion because of them. I don’t care if their schtick is making the clothes in Downtown LA. Really. I applaud their decision not to exploit overseas people to make the crappy clothes. Still, that tidbit doesn’t excuse the fact that they exploit fawn-in-the-headlight girls to sell brightly colored bodysuits and micro-mesh minidresses.
Okay, okay. I’m kind of a fan of the male models on their website. I can stand for, and even pick up a few fashion tips from, effeminate men in tie dye:
But now this lawsuit with Woody Allen? Why would they even put up a billboard featuring Woody Allen? I think he’s right–their advertisements are sleazy, and if I were him I’d be angry enough to sue over being slathered above a boulevard with their name next to my face without my consent. And regurgitating Woody’s scandal with Mia Farrow and Soon-Yi Previn? Fuck you, American Apparel. And an emphatic fuck you over this:
“It’s certainly relevant in assessing the value of an endorsement,” he (the company’s lawyer, Stuart Slotnick) said, noting that Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps lost endorsement power after a photograph surfaced of him using marijuana.
First of all, Mr. Slotnick, Woody didn’t want to give an endorsement. Secondly, that Michael Phelps thing happened last week. Woody Allen’s scandal? Before any of American Apparel’s models were breastfeeding.
It’s kind of a mystery to me as to why I’m a fan of Woody Allen despite his…deeds. I think the main reason is that he’s out of his mind. He’s just bizarre. And sometimes the only thing I’m in the mood for is a Woody Allen movie. I can’t help it. Most people think he could’ve helped falling in love with his adopted daughter, but who knows? I don’t know, and I don’t feel like judging the man for it. I certainly don’t think all fathers should snap naked photos of their adopted daughter while they’re still living with her mother, but…you know. That kind of behavior is pretty much on par with what American Apparel does on a daily basis. Case in point: