Some parents got quite a shock recently when they went to get the mail. You know how sometimes companies have promotions and give you free stuff when you spend a certain amount of money? Well Land's End recently participating in something of that sort, by sending a free magazine to some customers who spent over $100.
That was nice of them! Except, it sort of pissed a lot of parents off, since the magazine in question was GQ, and the cover model is topless. And basically mostly naked, save for some skimpy bikini bottoms. And a lot of those parents got the mag after ordering school uniforms -- many of them for religiously affiliated schools. Whoops.
Take a look and be amazed at what showed up in some very conservative households recently:
Moms flooded the company's Facebook page to let their ire be known. One mom wrote, "My 14-year-old son brought in the mail today & was quite disturbed & fascinated by a 'gift' Lands End sent us -- a copy of GQ magazine with an absolutely OBSCENE cover!!!"
Another said, "I ordered Christian private school children's uniforms from your company and you sold my home address to a magazine company that peddles in soft porn for men???"
OK, we can giggle and snort all we want over this snafu, but it's actually pretty uncool. Yes, sex sells, and kids might see this sort of thing say, walking in front a Victoria's Secret store in the mall. But as parents, it's our right, privilege, and responsibility to control what comes into our homes, and shock of all shockers -- not all parents are OK with sexy photos of topless women laying around on the coffee table for all to see.
Land's End did issue an apology to its "valued school uniform customers." The company president and CEO Edgar Huber stated, "We are truly sorry this magazine was sent to you ... there are simply no excuses; this was a mistake."
But it's not like he can make kids and moms accross the country unsee this scantily clad lady.
Would you be offended if this happened to you?
Image via GQ