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.