Sunday, February 26, 2017

Is It The End Of An Era? The Rundown On #Boycottpinupgirlclothing

So I know I'm late on this but I did wanna do 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 afterward, 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 I'll show some of the posts here...

Pinupgirlclothing Chinese New Year collection

An Instagram post from torchestogether_
"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 re-post 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."

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

There's currently a petition to boycott them that's aiming for 1,000 signatures, as of the time this article is being written it has 862.
Pinupgirlclothing Chinese New Year collection
A picture of a dress from the collection.

What do you dolls think? do you think that the collection was in bad taste? or do you think people are just making a big deal out of nothing? 


  1. Cultural appropriation is a touchy subject, however the error made I didn't think were as "cultural appropriation" as they were insensitive and uneducated. So, yes, I think people are over reacting a bit. Asian prints have been used time and time again, and were made to be sold to both Asian and tourists (aka white people) alike, much like Hawaiian prints. So, it's not to much the print, as it is the uneducated choice to say "Chinese New Year" as it is really "Lunar New Year". However, no ethnic holiday should really be used to sell a product. That is a little cultural appropriation-y. Another uneducated choice were the colors they chose for the print. It's my understanding that the colors mean bad luck and death. So, no "real Asian" is going to want to wear this. Then they did not use an Asian model for the initial shoot, so it was rather white-washed.

    To me it's much less of a big deal as it is the Native American aspects, with headdresses and such, or the geisha thing. Using sacred items (like headdresses) out of their original purpose or images that have negative histories (like geishas) are much more harmful.

    That's my two-cents!


  2. Hm, thanks for the post! I don't think this is really bad taste ...
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    1. Thank you for your comment! love your blog by the way!



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