Why do companies keep trying to get away with this type of shit? For some undetermined amount of time, the upscale fashion retailer Topshop has been selling a $700 leather jacket covered in spikes and bearing the logos of actual punk rock bands Against Me! and the Vandals. But Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace, who owns the trademark to her band’s name, noticed and pointed out that there was nothing remotely cool about this:
— Laura Jane Grace (@LauraJaneGrace) September 17, 2016
Within one day, Topshop responded and tweeted that they would remove the jacket from both online and brick-and-mortar stores:
@LauraJaneGrace Hi there, we're looking into this. We have removed the jacket from our website & are currently withdrawing from stores.
— Topshop (@Topshop) September 18, 2016
But is it that hard to just not do that in the first place? (Also, the whole fun of having a jacket like that is putting it together and personalizing it yourself, but that’s pretty low on the list of offenses here.)