American Apparel Takes Advantage Of #Sandy, Twitter Is Not Happy

While a natural disaster can bring out the best in society, it can also uncover some, well, less desirable traits. Among the social media well wishes and Instagrams of the storm damage (and, of course, the inevitable pics of wine bottles and oh so many snacks — #ReadyForSandy!), New Yorkers also received some slightly distasteful emails from clothing companies.
It seems that while many were simply concerned about the well-being of those in Sandy's wake, brands like American Apparel were simply looking to make a buck. The retailer sent out an email blast Monday night offering 20 percent off to shoppers in the storm's path, "in case you're bored during the storm." AA is certainly no stranger to criticism, but the Twitterverse reacted in an especially harsh manner this time around.
Advertisement
Tweets included (well-deserved) comments like "Really, American Apparel?" and "I will forever boycott your stores." Of course, American Apparel isn't the only retailer attempting to take advantage of the times — Urban Outfitters and Steven Alan are offering free shipping deals — but they're certainly incurring the brunt of the criticism. What do you think — does AA deserve the wrath of the people for this one, or is it simply a harmless joke that didn't land? (Racked)
o
Photo: Via Racked
Advertisement

More from New York

It’s called the city that never sleeps for a reason. On any night of the week, New Yorkers are enjoying a cocktail, a dance party, a special meal, a ...
This may be news to you, but living in New York is kind of expensive. But, while it may always be the land of $17 cocktails and unmentionable rents, the ...
We won't call this list definitive, because rooftops are, after all, all about spontaneity. And, with three summer months to get your toes wet (literally ...
Just because you aren't wearing "short-shorts" doesn't mean your dress qualifies as office-and-everywhere appropriate. In fact, a short dress can be more ...
Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to eat roasted guinea pig in Flushing, Queens. Oh, is that not how the Statue of Liberty poem ...
The West Village may get all the attention as the fancy foodie haven of New York City, but that’s just fine for the East Village. All that means is that ...
Appetizers are nice and entrées are essential, but we adore dessert. For real — we feel about ice cream and cookies and brownies the way Liz Lemon feels ...
(Paid Content) When a movie like Disney's Queen of Katwe comes out, you know award season is upon us. The inspiring new film has all the makings of an ...
The only thing more depressing than the end of summer is the number of days between now and the next long weekend. We know: All you want is to sit by a ...
The Lower East Side may be best known to you as the home of rowdy, rollicking nightlife, but that adventure extends to the food scene as well. Restaurants ...
Is there anything better on a Saturday afternoon than a spicy Bloody Mary and some simple — but delicious — bacon and eggs? Didn't think so. Brunch is the ...
You've probably heard about how gritty Soho was back in the '70s and '80s, when artists flocked to the downtown 'hood in search of affordable living and ...
As New Yorkers, we take our pizza seriously. Whether you prefer thin-crust or deep-dish, extra sauce or more cheese, simple-and-plain or loaded with ...
Bars are as bountiful as Starbucks in New York City, but there are a few that raise their drinks — and their dishes — to an art form. So don’t just settle ...