Well, that wasn’t hard was it? Condemning the Proud Boys? Fashion brand Fred Perry did it, why can’t Trump?
This week, Fred Perry halted sales of the now infamous black and yellow Polo shirt in the US and Canada, after it was adopted by the neo-fascist organization.
In a statement posted to its website, Fred Perry said it was “incredibly frustrating” to see the polo shirt and its laurel wreath logo become associated with the group.
The company said that although it sought to represent inclusivity and diversity “we have seen that the black/yellow/yellow twin tipped shirt is taking on a new and very different meaning in North America as a result of its association with the Proud Boys. That association is something we must do our best to end.”
The statement continued: “To be absolutely clear, if you see any Proud Boys material or products featuring our laurel wreath or any black/yellow/yellow related items, they have absolutely nothing to do with us, and we are working with our lawyers to pursue any unlawful use of our brand.”
Wimbledon tennis champion Fred Perry founded the company in 1952. Since then, his shirts have been adopted by various subcultures. In the ’60s and ’70s its polo shirt became associated with the skinhead movement.
But the brand has repeatedly spoken out against its use by far-right groups. “Frankly we can’t put our disapproval in better words than our chairman [John Flynn] did when questioned in 2017,” the label said in its statement.
“Fred was the son of a working-class socialist MP who became a world tennis champion at a time when tennis was an elitist sport. He started a business with a Jewish businessman from eastern Europe. It’s a shame we even have to answer questions like this. No, we don’t support the ideals or the group that you s
Your move, Republicans. Condemn it or own it. No equivocating.
(via The Guardian)