Aye aye aye. A mom named Kristen recently went into a Children's Place looking for a nifty Guardians of the Galaxy t-shirt for her daughter, but was disappointed when she learned that the lone one the store carried was missing Gamora, the only female superhero in the film. Confused by why one of the main characters from the movie would be glaringly absent from a piece of merchandise that features all the other co-leads, the mother wrote to Children's Place, asking, in so many words, "What up with that?"
The store's response? Get ready to be taken back 60 years, ladies ...
Hear that? The shirt's not for girls, so there shouldn't be an icky girl on it at all -- even if she is a bad-ass superhero. I believe in the original draft of Children's Place's response, there was a line about the store not wanting to infect their male customers with cooties.
The store's response, and t-shirt, was completely asinine, but sadly, it's not alone in their anti-Gamora stance. Numerous superhero-loving ladies have spotted Guardians of the Galaxy merchandise that was missing Gamora, and understandably, they're not happy about it -- not just from a fan standpoint, but from a female standpoint. It's like some people are refusing to accept the fact that there's a woman in the movie at all.
Fans of the movie and (former?) fans of Children's Place are feeling kind of ragey about the shirt right now. Numerous people have commented on the store's Facebook page about their positively ridiculous response to Kristen. One commenter wrote:
My son likes Gamora -- there is no good reason why he can't. My daughter likes Rocket Raccoon -- there is no good reason why she can't. Kids aren't only allowed to like characters the same gender as them. If you are representing Guardians of the Galaxy on a shirt, you should include all members. Unless of course you are trying to teach little boys that Gamora isn't an equal member because she's a girl.
Word. It was a silly thing to do in the first place and an even sillier response. But don't worry. Kristen's daughter ammended the shirt in no time:
What do you think of Children's Place's response?
Image via Children's Place