Topman has pulled two t-shirts - one comparing women to dogs and the other joking about domestic abuse - following an angry social media backlash.
One of the t-shirts carried the sentence: “Nice new girlfriend: What breed is she?” The other t-shirt showed the message: ‘I’m so sorry but” followed by a list of excuses with tick boxes: ‘You provoked me’, ‘I was drunk’ ‘I was having a bad day’, ‘I hate you’, ‘I didn’t mean it’, and ‘I couldn’t help it’.
Outraged messages quickly spread over Twitter. One read: “Oh my god. Who @TopManUK thought these were a good idea?”
As of 5pm Wednesday, the Topman website still carried both tshirts, but listed them as out of stock.
In response to the outcry Topman removed the items from its shelves and said the t-shirts were meant to be “light hearted and carried no serious meaning”.
A statement from Topman, which is owned by Sir Philip Green, said: “We have received some negative feedback regarding two of our printed tshirts. Whilst we would like to stress that these tshirts were meant to be light hearted and carried no serious meaning we have made the decision to remove these from store and on-line as soon as possible. We would like to apologise to those who may have been offended by these designs.”