Forever 21 has pulled three T-shirts after a Twitter storm broke out in which the retailer was accused of being racist.
The “Straight Outta Compton” line featured a series of T-shirts inspired by cult 1980s hip hop group NWA: an Ice Cube sweatshirt, a ‘City of Compton’ T-shirt and a T-shirt featuring the band. The entire range has been dropped after people on Twitter complained at the use of a white model in the campaign shot.
Earlier this month the company’s official account Tweeted image of the collection accompanied with the statement “New arrivals…straight outta Compton”.
The message was deleted, along with any reference to the items on Forever 21’s site, but not before a flurry of comments flooded the social media site.
One man tweeted: “Forever 21 selling NWA shirts. There’s no Forever 21 in Compton. These are all facts.”
Another said: “The nerve of Forever 21 dropping clothes like that. These little teenage white chicks have no idea what NWA is.”
However, many people on the social media site showed their support for the fashion line.
One woman said: “I would’ve bought that Forever 21 NWA top. Why does it make a difference if there’s a white girl modelling it?”
Another added: “Forever 21 had to pull NWA shirts because people were complaining the models were white. Sorry white people like good music too?”
Forever 21 did not respond to Drapers request for comment.