Sunday, February 26, 2017

Should We Really Boycott Pinupgirlclothing?

Pinup girl clothing Chinese New Year collection
Photo sorce: thedayilydot
I know I'm late on this PUG drama, but I wanted to still write this article for pin-up girls such as myself who aren't in the know. So I was scrolling through Instagram and I saw a post with the hashtag #Boycottpinupgirlclothing so of course, I clicked on it to see what it was about. Then did a little research of my own. Basically, a brand called "Pinup girl clothing" launched a collection called "Chinese New Year," some people found it offensive and culturally appropriating resulting in the hashtag #Boycottpinupgirlclothing

Do to pin-ups in the past being predominantly white, I think now more than ever we need models of every race to encourage women of all races to start dressing vintage. Representation matters, I’m not saying that people of other races can’t wear something that’s in Asian culture, I’m just saying they could have used more Asian models. I mean, there are tons of Asian pin-ups in the community why not get more of them to model for you? Although I don't think we should boycott them, I don't think they tried to offend anyone, and I don't think they were trying to be racist.

You determine for yourself, I'll show some of the posts here:

First of all, let me just say, I love this picture. It was an empowering moment for me and I will always cherish it. What I am not down with, is a certain CEO (I'm looking at you, Laura) trying to use said picture as a smoke screen or at the very least as a joke or jab given the events of the last few weeks. This picture was taken in February of 2016 and posted in March of 2016, and she actually went back recently and added these hashtags #boycottpug #boycottpinupgirlclothing on the repost she had on her page. What was her intention? Who knows. Was she trying to deflect, taunt, make fun... I'm not sure why anybody would go back to an old post and add hashtags that had nothing to do with the photo at the time of taking it. I am not your negro, I am not your token. Please don't use me to "prove you're not racist". I will not help you in that way. You have others that are happy to oblige in that area. I am not the one.
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Here are some tweets of the founder of PUG talking to a #boycottPUG supporter:

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"Today, Laura started tagging pictures of her POC friends with w/ #Boycottpinupgirlclothing, to gaslight and derail Using POC as props Tsk Tsk. -shelovesdresses"

Are you Boycotting PUG? Leave your opinion down below!

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