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More Bad Press For Affliction


No, it’s not another revelation about the criminal activities of Affliction’s owners or the fight card they’re still trying to put together, this one is related to the business the company actually makes a profit from: overpriced clothing. Reader Forrest Knighton clued us into a story from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, where a Catholic woman has successfully gotten an Affliction shirt pulled from Nordstrom for being offensive to her religious beliefs.

The shirt is similar to a painting of Mary holding baby Jesus (for you non-religious types, that’s the one Ricky Bobby prays to), only in true Affliction style Mary’s face is replaced by — what else — a skull. This, said area shopper and busybody Judy Carbo, “hurt [her] heart.” She continued with this completely ineffective analogy:

“If you were Jewish, you wouldn’t want to see a swastika on a shirt. If you were African-American, you wouldn’t want to see anything desecrating you.”

Comparing a stupid t-shirt that replaces Mary’s face with a skull to symbols of the Third Reich? Classy.

Now don’t get me wrong, I find Affliction’s shirts offensive, too. But that’s because they’re ugly in a ‘when in doubt, use skulls’ kind of way and they cost five times what they ought to. But if they can’t sell idiotic shirts at idiotic prices, how is Fedor supposed to get paid? And what about Tim Sylvia? Who but Affliction would pay him $800,000 for thirty-six seconds worth of work? Think it through, Judy.



  1. mike T Says:

    Tue, 11/18/08 - 10:25

    i dont think affliction's shirts are overprices they are after all way better (quality wise )than anyone else.... but i do have to agree 90% if not more of their shirts are fucking ugly!!!!!!
  2. maxwell Says:

    Tue, 11/18/08 - 10:26

    Palm Beach Gardens, Florida nuff said.
  3. shizznitt Says:

    Tue, 11/18/08 - 10:27

    Lol, nothing is funnier then religious beliefs taking away the rights of the first amendment.
  4. shizznitt Says:

    Tue, 11/18/08 - 10:27

    Lol, nothing is funnier then religious beliefs taking away the rights of the first amendment, which ironically, includes the freedom of religion.
  5. AJB Says:

    Tue, 11/18/08 - 10:30

    This woman has gone the full tard.
  6. CanadianStoner Says:

    Tue, 11/18/08 - 10:32

    lol Ricky Bobby and his obsession with little baby jesus, classic
  7. Poops McCuntlic Says:

    Tue, 11/18/08 - 10:33

    Worthless goddamn religious nut bags always making a fuss about nothing. These people are so insecure in their beliefs ANYTHING offends them. Why? because in the deep recesses of their mind they don't believe all the hog wash either, so they try to defend it to try and appear they are godly. Look, i don't care what retarded fantasy of super people you believe in, but keep it to your goddamn self and leave the rest of us sane logical people alone. Geezers mcpeets!? What fucking century is this!?
  8. maxwell Says:

    Tue, 11/18/08 - 11:11

    wtf was with this story disappearing from the front page for like 10 min? or was it just me? i'm gonna go ahead and preemptively call this website a big fucking pile of shit (software wise).
  9. Anonymous Says:

    Tue, 11/18/08 - 11:12

    does this lady work for UFC? probabally same lady who complained and had the previos article on that ufc add removed. then there was that forest line that was removed i'm starting to think the ufc has some spooky influence over everything are they the illuminati?
  10. Anonymous Says:

    Tue, 11/18/08 - 11:13

    im catholic i don't find it offensive. Plus i hate people who use religion to start problems with others. if i where the lady i would STFU because catholic preist are pervs and catholics are the most hypocrite followers. I would know
  11. perdew Says:

    Tue, 11/18/08 - 11:23

    "when in doubt, use skulls" hahahahaha. Affliction is so Butt Rock. Seeing someone in an affliction shirt is offensive in and of itself. It's like announcing to the world you have no taste and genuinely think frank mir's goatee is cool. you couldn't be a bigger douchebag. unless you believed in god.
  12. Polish Says:

    Tue, 11/18/08 - 11:35

    What a dumb bitch.
  13. Shawn Says:

    Tue, 11/18/08 - 11:37

    Witch! Burn the witch! I say we start a big stink that we are offended by level of stupidity it takes to be offended by something that trivial.
  14. TOMASS Says:

    Tue, 11/18/08 - 11:37

  15. Shatto1 Says:

    Tue, 11/18/08 - 11:40

    "If you were African-American, you wouldn’t want to see anything desecrating you.” I like how she had to throw in the remark about African Americans and then she had no clue what they would be offended by.
  16. The Biz Says:

    Tue, 11/18/08 - 11:41

    I saw Affliction being sold at my local CostCo today. Soon it will be gifted with a bottle of Drakkar cologne.
  17. babcock Says:

    Wed, 11/19/08 - 12:08

    @ perdew: lol hahaha You actually think frank Mirs goatee looks cool. Give this man a t-shirt We are a whole country of hypocrites trying to be PC Im surprised that it actually got pulled considering it only offended christians and NOT muslims, jews, blacks, native americans etc. So at least we are....wait nevermind. Everyone is retarded.
  18. some lard ass Says:

    Wed, 11/19/08 - 12:18

    Aleksander probably likes that shirt,
  19. maxwell Says:

    Wed, 11/19/08 - 01:08

    catholicism is funny in that it's really old fashioned in terms of worshipping saints and mary and miracles and things that aren't jesus/god. but really modern in that they're totally ok with evolution and the big bang and all that jazz. so what i'm saying is as a french canadian, protestant americans (see evangelical pentecostals) are the problem, not catholics.
  20. Jugger Says:

    Wed, 11/19/08 - 01:16

    I think this is less about religion and more about America's infatuation with political correctness and the idea that "if it offends me, it shouldn't be allowed." But, just to play devil's advocate, I think Nordstoms has every right to pull the item if they feel it is a distraction to any of it's paying customers (mostly old ladies). Nordstroms want shirts that bring costomers in and makes them open their pocket books, not shirts that piss people off. That's not censorship, that's business sense.
  21. the easy lover Says:

    Wed, 11/19/08 - 01:16

    in related news, Aleksander emelianenko also sues affliction for copyright infringement, said "zombie mary" is property of Aleksander and the tattoo artist that penned it, Kirill "i will rape you and murder you" Ivanov.
  22. fuck this Says:

    Wed, 11/19/08 - 01:25

    propaganda shit
  23. Frank Says:

    Wed, 11/19/08 - 02:22

    I saw an Affliction cap in the bargain bin at Marshall's yesterday. They still wanted $35 for it. Maybe it would be worth the price 'cuz it had TWO skulls on it!
  24. hooligun Says:

    Wed, 11/19/08 - 02:37

    Soppy cunt, fuck her who cares?
  25. losers Says:

    Wed, 11/19/08 - 03:00

    The only losers here are the ones complaining about affilictions shirts....there actually high quality shirts, that look tgood on people who look good..your qall just jeasluos because macdonalds doesnt pay you enough to own one...even if you try and get one at the 2nd hand store "Frank Says: November 19th, 2008 at 9:22 pm " #2 this shirt is offenisve, why is coolmto bash Christianley all the time, but when it comes to some other religion its noit? Im sure the many Chrsitions that fight :A.silva, Rich franklin, Matt Hugues, and many manmy mre who profess on theier sites that they are Born again Christian would be offended too..and could kick anyones ass on this board.
  26. maxwell Says:

    Wed, 11/19/08 - 03:02

    uhhh, you guys that keep talking about political correctness are 100% wrong. we're talking about florida, USA here people..... if it was a pic of Mohamed getting shot @ point blank range with an m-16, there would have been an international uproar about it, but nothing would have been done legally. As an outsider, I seriously LOL at your (americans) complete ignorance(/ lack of balls to do anything regarding the defense of) the seperation of church and state. Really, sorry to break this to you more rational americans, but the seperation has been non existant ever since bush sr. declared atheists non americans (and actually for a lot longer then that minus the kennedy (he was a catholic) years), Land of the free my taint..... Land of the white, protestants more like it. Hopefully with Obama in office and the seeming end of the GOP's 60 year old 'southern states' evangelical policy things might change, just a little bit..... but don't fool yourselves.... You live in a theocratic oligarchy you silly yanks.
  27. spell_check_good_idea Says:

    Wed, 11/19/08 - 03:03

    OK OK should have checked spelling The only losers here are the ones complaining about afflictions shirts....their actually high quality shirts, that look good on people who look good..your all just jealous because MacDonald’s, and Wal-Mart don’t pay you enough for you to own one...even if you try and get one at the 2nd hand store "Frank Says: November 19th, 2008 at 9:22 pm " and you are probably cannot get rid of your man boobs so you wouldn’t dare wear one, and that’s got you and the writer of this story all in a huff. #2 this shirt is offensive, why is cool to bash Christianity all the time, but when it comes to some other religion its not? Im glad someone said something, Christian’s don’t stand up enough. I’m sure the many Christians that fight :A. Silva, Rich Franklin, Matt Hughes, and many many more who profess on their sites that they are Born again Christian would be offended too..and could kick everyone’s as on this board on Sat night and make it to church on Sunday. Losers
  28. UFC fan Says:

    Wed, 11/19/08 - 03:43

    yeah you guys must be right, you uneducated 3rd world fucking monkeys MUST know whats best cause your part of the world is goddamn classy you cant wait to put your self on a fucking rickety ass raft to die on to get your 15th retarded son over here for a part of the American dream. And with that in mind you stupid atheist trash self-absorbed fuckwits who think they know it all can just suck all the black balls of Obama you want, I am sure that will get you complete separation of church and state as well. keep dreaming you stupid fucks. You think some non-religious, radical nigger with a Muslim sounding name will change a thing? Whats next? the gays gonna tell us all how to have a REAL family? NONE of you morons are equipped with enough brain power to dictate shit much less KNOW anything. take a mental note , the only reason you aren't dead is cause it is against the law to have a hunting season on your ignorant fuckers. keep breeding more morons the world needs more of you for damn sure....fools.
  29. Jared the wiener Says:

    Wed, 11/19/08 - 04:21

    @maxwell There was nothing done "legally" in this case and the government had absolutely no role in pulling the shirts. As Jugger already stated, it was purely a business decision made by a private business in response to a complaint. But by all means, please keep lecturing us poor ignorant yanks with your lofty understanding of our laws. Please keep shouting "separation of church and state" (and butchering the spelling) as though you have any fucking clue what that means in the American Constitutional context.
  30. gvd Says:

    Wed, 11/19/08 - 04:24

    I don't understand why everyone wears affliction tees. It's the worst clothing ever. It's like all the fighters getting generic tribal tattoos kind of bad.
  31. MMA Extreme Says:

    Wed, 11/19/08 - 05:19

    Muslims fucking rioted and burned shit down when some dude drew a cartoon of Muhammad. Props to this old lady for standing up for her beliefs.
  32. cr_trinity Says:

    Wed, 11/19/08 - 05:24

    If only this dumb bitch cared as much about the genocide on behalf of Corporate Interest in Iraq. As I have said numerous times, you Americans will, and let's face it already do love your rapid descent into totalitarianism. You really do.
  33. cr_trinity Says:

    Wed, 11/19/08 - 05:27

    I see Mein Herr UFC Fan demonstrating the typical American attitude quite well.
  34. Anonymous Says:

    Wed, 11/19/08 - 07:14

    Hey Trinity, If you're going to talk shit in another language do it right. Mein and Herr would never be next to each other you fucking retard, and how is UFC fan displaying the typical "American attitude" because he like everyone else in this country believes that the president won't be able to change the constitution? Go cry with your other pussy Canadian friends, not like your country has ever done anything that matters
  35. Joe T Says:

    Wed, 11/19/08 - 07:55

    I agree with GVT, Affliction shirts: "It’s the worst clothing ever." ...and glad the little old lady stuck up for her beliefs.
  36. Derly Says:

    Wed, 11/19/08 - 08:30

    I too agree with jugger, that it was pulled because of business interests. I don't agree with the whole thing he says about generalizing Americans. That's almost more of a stereotype than a generalization. @UFC Fan You're plain ignorant and a biggot. I would call you racist, but like you say others don't have the brain power to dictate. You don't have any power to be a racist, so you get the lesser label of filth a biggot. A racist actually has "power" to apply their discriminating life policies, however, by the sounds of it you have nothing. Don't try to prove you do either, because this is the internet and you're an automatic failure.
  37. Anonymous Says:

    Wed, 11/19/08 - 10:06

    HAHAHA what a bitch.
  38. Earl Says:

    Wed, 11/19/08 - 11:09

    Boobs. See that? Everything is better now. Hooray for boobies!
  39. England rules Says:

    Wed, 11/19/08 - 11:15

    Dana has just dropped Fitch From the UFC HOW ABOUT AN UP DATE YOU SLOW MOTHER F**KERS???? OVER GAMING RIGHTS HE IS ONE GREEDY SOUL OWNING SON OF A BITCH!!!!!! THE NUMBER 2 IN HE'S DIVISON HAS BEEN DUMPED!!!!!! ANY THOUGHTS???????????????????????????????????????????????
  40. A Catholic with Sense Says:

    Wed, 11/19/08 - 12:02

    I'm surprised that no one has pointed out that Mexican Catholics put a skull on the face of the Blessed Virgin Mary to celebrate el Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). It's a common motif, and it's not meant to be sacriligious or offensive.
  41. TUF Guy Says:

    Wed, 11/19/08 - 12:05

    England rules Says: November 20th, 2008 at 6:15 am Dana has just dropped Fitch From the UFC HOW ABOUT AN UP DATE YOU SLOW MOTHER F**KERS???? OVER GAMING RIGHTS HE IS ONE GREEDY SOUL OWNING SON OF A BITCH!!!!!! THE NUMBER 2 IN HE’S DIVISON HAS BEEN DUMPED!!!!!! ANY THOUGHTS??????????????????????????????????????????????? ************************************************************** I own about 50 Affliction shirts, I wear them everywhere, gym, school, movies, weddings, funerals, you name it I got one on. The designs are revolauatuionary. The skulls make me look bad ass, plus it matches my barbwire tattooes perfectly. I'll never wear anything else.
  42. JP Says:

    Wed, 11/19/08 - 02:48

    It's surprising how many people say that it is religion that doesn't show acceptance. Listen to your own logic; someone takes a religious icon and degrades it but it's the religion that is taking away your "rights of the first ammendment"? Give your head a shake! You mock other people's beliefs and then when they speak up they are "dumb bitches." Maybe if Americans were a little more accepting of other peoples cultures there wouldn't be so much negativity associated with them. PS Dana White is the devil
  43. Anthony Says:

    Wed, 11/19/08 - 03:52

    @ Poops McCuntlic - That was fucking awesome. I didn't even read a single comment after yours. That pretty much sumed it up right there. Bill Mahr once said, and I'm paraphrasing, "Us none religious people are sane and comfortabl enough with our beliefs that we do not NEED to gather once a week to compare notes."
  44. UFC fan Says:

    Wed, 11/19/08 - 11:40

    hey derle, when you get a grasp of the English language that are attempting to use, perhaps we can talk, till then really ...stop.....cause I feel bad for you. What 3rd world monkey fucking part of the earth are you from? Nice to see Tuf gay prove what kinda douche he assfliction wearing homo, nice call there tuffy, you showed us. (snicker)
  45. Derly Says:

    Wed, 11/19/08 - 11:52

    Born and raised in California. I need to understand the English language better before using it? That just sounds like a weak attempt at saying you don't even know what the fuck I just said to you. Get out of your trailer and start fucking something other than your sister.
  46. KG Says:

    Thu, 11/20/08 - 04:43

    Who gives a flying fuck about Affliction clothing anyway? When I see a douche walking around with an Affliction t-shirt, I cant help but laugh like a child inside me. I have even asked a guy in the Apple store as I was getting my phone replaced if he actually trains... he said a few years ago, doing some boxing.. give me a fucking break. Stupid ass pussy wearing faggots... if you wear Affliction, 99% of the population thinks you a fucking homo !
  47. KG Says:

    Thu, 11/20/08 - 04:56

    OH- And religion is POISON. Christianity, Catholicism, Jews, Buddhists, etc. are all cults with a LOT of people in them. If you believe there was a talking snake, dude parting water, a boat with millions of species of animals in it, etc. Then you are a fucking RETARD. Why dont you ask Santa for a shiny new bike this year? Lets see if the Marine can pray for his limbs to grow back after they were blown off in Iraq... but little Sally from Buttfuck Florida prays for a new job and says THANK YOU GOD.. Praise Jesus! Religion is a fucking fairy tale. When your brain developes to the thinking level of a 12 year old child, it is easy to realize how full of shit the man-written bible is.. its hope and fairy tales for Adults.. and it is so old people get offended when you talk shit on it. Wake up people- Religion is population and mind control.. they make you believe in shit like Demons and Angels, Heaven and Hell in order to get you to go to church and keep the Tax Exempt dollars in their bank accounts from you fucks tithing money... all those sermons are tax exempt "concerts" they use to pay their bills and not pay one goddamn cent in taxes like the rest of us! Religion = Root of all evil
  48. TUF Guy Says:

    Thu, 11/20/08 - 04:59

    I also want to point out that I accidentally swallowed my own jizz this evening. I was using my man-made ejaculate as starch when ironing my new Skull & Crossbones Afflition tee, when my 4" pecker decided to get crazy... short story long, it made a squirt in between my teeth and stuck onto my braces... and it tasted like pineapple. *YUM*
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