Last month, the boyfriend of Emma Barnett bought a pair of pants from a discount clothing store named Madhouse. While there’s nothing remarkable about that by itself, the label on the apparel has caused consternation among Twitter users.
Barnett, The Telegraph’s digital media editor, tweeted a photo of the label. Along with detailed washing instructions, it prompted the owner of the pants to “give it to your woman” to wash, since “it’s her job.”
Julia Hines, the chair of the charity Age UK, claimed the pants were “extraordinary” and encouraged Barnett to “name & shame” the brand responsible for them.
On the other hand, some community members have defended the pants and Madhouse, claiming that they’re simply a joke.
“#madhouse is now my favourite shop after the washing label on their chinos! #shutupfeminists #takeajoke,” tweeted student Richard Adams.
“Someone needs to learn to take a joke,” wrote writer and photographer Stephen Robinson.
“#Madhouse has only been made aware of the care instuction [sic] on this product today. The wording was not instigated by #Madhouse.”
“The wording on the Chinos in #Madhouse is clearly meant to be a joke but now it has been pointed out we will be more careful in future.”
“The Chinos in question are manufactured by a jeans brand that we stock but the care instructions were not proofed by our #Madhouse buyers.”
That sounds almost like an apology—almost.
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