So read the headline of an article on Elite Daily: The Voice of Generation Y this past Friday. The story has been trending on Twitter for the past couple of days, and that’s where it caught my attention. Here’s why A&F’s CEO Mike Jeffries has been under fire:
An article posted earlier today on CBC said that these quotes were cited in a May 3 article in Business Insider, which touched off a firestorm of protest online. Here are just a sample of some of the tweets that have gone out in the past minute:
In my humble opinion, I believe that Mike Jeffries is playing into the worldly belief that beauty is only skin deep, and that it’s only on the outside what matters. If you aren’t beautiful, skinny, cool or popular, you are less than a person. And what is the fruit of this belief system? Hundreds of thousands of teenage girls are starving themselves every year and battling bulimia and anorexia in an effort to look like the models on the covers of the fashion magazines.
In its famous passage on the Proverbs 31 woman, the Bible says that “Charm is deceitful and beauty is passing, But a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.” What’s important is not the skin you’re wearing, but what’s in your heart. When God chose the youngest of Jesse’s sons to be the next King of Israel, he declared, “For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (1 Sam. 16:7).
Teenage girls need to be encouraged to accept themselves exactly the way they are, because that’s the way God created them. Psalm 139:14 says, “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.” Oh, that every young person (and old person!) struggling with low self-esteem would learn to see themselves through God’s eyes – eyes full of total and complete love and acceptance.
So what are your thoughts? Are people overreacting? Should people be boycotting Abercrombie & Fitch? Or does this CEO have the right to decide what demographic of people that he sells to? Are people getting upset about nothing? What do you think?