Monday, July 27, 2009
The Progressive Puppy
Kristallnacht in Maryland?
Anti-gay bigots in Silver Spring, Maryland are resorting to Nazi tactics to express outrage over LGBT-affirming tee-shirts at an American Apparel outlet. When shop manager Kassandra Powell showed up for work a few days ago, she discovered that vandals had smashed the front window and destroyed her elaborate display. Police at the scene informed her that the store's security alarm had gone off at 5:15am. Powell says the wreckage wasn't the result of a typical retail break-in since nothing was stolen and there had been phone threats directed at another location, in nearby Georgetown. Amanda Hess provides details on The Sexist:
This morning, the Georgetown American Apparel location experienced its own attack from an upset window shopper - this time, over the telephone. Around 10:30am, visual merchandiser Walter Reed fielded a call from a male who was "enraged for no reason."("Telephonic follow up." Heh heh. I like that.)
"He was like, is this the Silver Spring location? And I said, ‘No, this is the Georgetown location, '" says Reed. "He said, 'You have some Legalize Gay shirts in the window there.'’ He said that he and his friends found it offensive, and that if we didn’t take them down, they were going to break it - the window," said Reed. "I said, 'Is that a threat, Sir?' And then he hung up." When Reed called the Silver Spring store to inform them of the threat, he was told that the location had already received the more forceful warning about its window display over 24 hours earlier. Then, Reed informed the police of the telephonic follow-up.
A spokesperson for American Apparel insists that the clothing chain will not be bullied by this hate-motivated vandalism. From their website:
Our Georgetown location and others in the areas have received similar threats. We just wanted to use this forum here to announce that not only are they not going to prevent us from speaking out on an issue that is important to this company and our employees, but we'll continue to run Legalize Gay advertisements in papers across the DC-Metro area. We'll also send Legalize Gay t-shirts to any group in Washington DC that is fighting for gay rights and will help support any protest or rally for the cause. We don't find this kind of thing funny and we definitely don't find it intimidating....(Remainder.)