Cory Monteith Death: Star’s Name Removed from Taylor Swift Joke T-Shirt
It’s been almost a week since the death of Cory Monteith (Finn) from a drug overdose and we Gleeks are still trying to come to grips with the tragic loss. Of course, this means we’re all feeling particularly sensitive and vulnerable, feelings that, sadly, contributed to a huge blowup online over a unfortunately worded t-shirt.
The offending garment comes from online retailer, Bad Kids Clothing. The company’s mission statement— “We are a lifestyle; we live in the moment, we celebrate EDM and we love life.” — reflects BK’s lighthearted approach to fashion. Items for sale include various neon-hued shirts proclaiming party-approved messages like “Keep calm and dance your effing face off” and “I love you. You love me. We’re a happy rave family.”
Among the collection is a tank listing the last names of Taylor Swift’s various supposed exs. The shirt originally read, “Jonas & Till & Lautner & Mayer & Monteith & Gyllenhall & Redmayne & Efron & Kennedy & Styles.” Taylor fans were up in arms almost immediately; BK Clothing has published a lengthy blog post detailing the hate-filled emails, tweets, and other messages the company received about the garment. And then last Saturday came the news that one of the men featured on the shirt had tragically died.
“The ‘Swiftie’ outlash took a whole new direction and they began using Cory’s death as part of the slander, pairing it up nicely with their favorite hate messages,” reads the official BK Clothing statement.
The company has since removed “Monteith” from the shirt, but there are no plans to remove the shirt from the store. In fact, the company writes, Cory’s death further reinforces the message of Bad Kids: “This is an example, thrown in our face, that life can be gone in the blink of an eye. What we stand for at Bad Kids Clothing is celebrating life.”
So what do you think? Did the T-shirt take things too far, or did you like the joke? Do you agree with Bad Kids’ decision to keep selling their modified tee? Tell us in the comments!