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Governor of Illinois is Leading a Boycott Against Abercrombie & Fitch-Truth!
eRumor An email said to be from Lt. Governor
Corinne Wood urges a boycott of Abercrombie & Fitch.
Truth This is true.
A website had
been set up by Lt. Governor Wood, but it was somehow taken over by a
porn outfit, so we have removed the link.
For the last several catalogs, there has been controversy over the
content. In addition to the action by the Illinois Lt. Governor, the
Chicago City Council, which is not a hotbed of Conservatism, voted unanimously
(49-0) to join the boycott. Michigan Attorney General Jennifer
Granholm called the catalog "Playboy for kids" in an
article in USA Today from 12/2/99.
Some of the scenes in the catalog (some of which have been seen by
...A picture of a completely nude teenage boy climbing onto a dock
...A picture of a nude teenage boy posing nude as a model for a
...The Christmas 1998 Quarterly had teens undressing each
another, four girls in bed with a male holding his boxers, and a
nude teen girl riding an elephant.
...The Spring Break 99 Quarterly had a centerfold. It
was of a nude boy and girl carrying their surfboard. It
also included a topless girl seductively hugging another girl, and
three nude boys on the beach.
This story is from 2001. Last
A real example of the story as it has been circulated:
Cc: recipient list not shown:
Sent: Wednesday, July 18, 2001 3:05 PM
Subject: Your help is needed! Take one more step to help our
Thank you for taking the time to sign our online boycott of Abercrombie
& Fitch. Since announcing our effort in mid-June, you and 11,300
people from all 50 states have joined this boycott. We should be proud of
our efforts to protect our children from this
Our goal from the outset has been to raise awareness of A&F's
sleazy marketing practices and we have experienced great success. National
television, radio and newspapers have covered the issue, enabling us to
spread the word to as wide an audience as possible.
Without your help and the help of the broad coalition of support
organizations, our effort would never have had the success it has over the
past month. However, our effort is far from over. A&F's new fall
catalog proves that they still don't get it.
That is why I'm writing you today. Your help is needed again to
continue to turn up the heat on A&F.
I ask you to take one more easy step. E-mail 5 - 10 of your
family and friends today and encourage them to long on to http://www.stopAandF.com
and sign the on-line petition.
In the near future, we will turn all of these signatures over to
officials at A&F to help them see that there are many parents and
concerned individuals who are disgusted with their business practices.
If you act today to urge your family and friends to take this one
simple step and sign the online petition at http://www.stopAandF.com, you
will help ensure the success of this effort.
Thanks again for your support. Together we can continue to make a
difference for our children.
llinois Lt. Governor
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