- The Washington Times - Sunday, September 4, 2011

J.C. Penney gets poor marks for ‘homework’ shirt

After riling the media with its back-to-school spirited shirt that reads, “I’m too pretty to do homework, so my brother has to do it for me,” J.C. Penney has taken the item off the market and issued a statement of regret.

“We agree that the ‘Too pretty’ t-shirt does not deliver an appropriate message, and we have immediately discontinued its sale,” the company wrote of the shirt, which was geared toward girls ages 7 to 16. “Our merchandise is intended to appeal to a broad customer base, not to offend them. We would like to apologize to our customers and are taking action to ensure that we continue to uphold the integrity of our merchandise that they have come to expect.”

The shirt, which has been the subject of a petition signed by more than 1,600 people, was available online alongside the sales pitch, “Who has time for homework when there’s a new Justin Bieber album out? She’ll love this tee that’s just as cute and sassy as she is.” Before the plug was pulled, the shirt decreased in price from $16.99 to $9.99.

Amy Siskind, president of the New Agenda, attributes the discount to the erroneous implication that girls should blow off academics to remain aesthetically pleasing.

“This offensive T-shirt is 60 percent off,” Ms. Siskind told the Daily Caller. “Apparently, parents don’t buy into celebrating limiting the importance of their daughters’ intellectual capabilities. The consumer, thankfully, has spoken.”

As noted by Jezebel, J.C. Penney has another shirt that lists “Boys, shopping, music, dancing” under “my best subjects.” That shirt, also for girls in the 7-to-16 age group, can be purchased for $4.99.

J.C. Penney is far from the only apparel business that produces shirts with the dumb-girl theme. For $10, you can get an “I’m too pretty to do math” top from David & Goliath. For $8 more, you can take home a shirt for girls ages 7 to 16 that reads, “I’m Here For My Looks, not My Brains.” If you’d like to find clothes that embrace the dimwitted female stereotype, you won’t have to spend much time digging around the interwebs.

Hackers from Anonymous leak private data

A group of hackers claiming to be affiliated with the Anonymous group, which has attacked the websites of Ireland’s ruling party, Koch Industries, Bank of America and others, has released the private telephone numbers and other personal information of many Hollywood celebrities and professional athletes.

The hackers, who call themselves “Hollywood Leaks,” leaked the script for “Rock of Ages,” a film by Tom Cruise. They also leaked the telephone numbers of singer Miley Cyrus, “Twilight” actress Ashley Greene and “Dancing With the Stars” season five winner and Indy 500 champion Helio Castroneves, among others.

Hollywood Leaks also hijacked the Twitter account of “Gucci Gucci” rapper Kreayshawn and released topless photographs of her to her more than 300,000 followers. The entertainer claimed that the images were taken while she was underage. Hollywood Leaks told Gawker that the images were taken when the rapper was 20.

Gawker reported that a member of the group said that it had information about a prominent Hollywood film director. Gawker also reported that Hollywood Leaks claims to have another unreleased movie script and many more private contacts it will release.

Grandparents lie low as Lauren Bush weds

Don’t expect to see pictures of former President George H.W. Bush and his wife, Barbara Bush, at the wedding of their granddaughter Lauren Bush, who tied the knot with 39-year-old David Lauren at a Colorado ranch Sunday.

According to ABC News, the proud grandparents didn’t attend the ceremony because the location’s high altitude would be detrimental to their health. The former president is 87, and his wife is 86. ABC also reported that a representative of former President George W. Bush, Lauren’s uncle, declined to comment on his weekend plans.

The rigorous pre-wedding activities likely would have been too much for the elder Bushes. On Saturday, guests participated in a baseball game on the 17,000-acre Rocky Mountain ranch. The “Double RL” ranch has cabins, a saloon and tepees.

Although Lauren Bush, a model, married designer Ralph Lauren’s son David, she likely won’t become Lauren Lauren. The 27-year-old Colorado woman has said she probably would hyphenate her name.

“I think it will be Lauren Bush-Lauren,” the bride told Harper’s Bazaar in April. That’s not final, but I think it’s nice to have the same name as your husband. I am sort of old-fashioned in that way.”

• Compiled by Laura Donovan, Michael Watson 2011 the Daily Caller.

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