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Forever 21's 'Straight Outta Compton' T-shirt gets some tweets with attitude

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Forever 21, the teen-friendly clothing chain that prints Bible verses on its shopping bags and recently drew a few raised brows over job cuts, is in a bit of hot water again.

A tweet sent out on Wednesday from the company's official account got people talking about whether three white models wearing N.W.A. and Ice Cube shirts as part of their new arrivals was cultural appropriation of the ‘80s rap group disguised as commerce. The original tweet has since been deleted, but here’s a screenshot. It was also pointed out that a Google maps search for Forever 21s near Compton yields no results.
 


There was confusion:

 

There were blanket assumptions:

Twitter user @PattiLaHelle released a response video on Thursday. In it, she explains this issue isn’t necessarily about race but more about ignorance and knowledge of where that attire and culture came from. “Now you don’t have to even step foot in Compton to get a Compton t-shirt,” she said.
 

Forever 21 has been re-branding pop culture references on its clothing for years now, but the timing is interesting; there were several tweets blaming Miley Cyrus for this. Forever 21's Twitter kept on making people upset this week: Take this sort-of-sexist Drake tweet.

H/T Al Jazeera America | Photo via Mambo D’an/Flickr