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‘Hustler’ Made A Toddler T-Shirt, Because Sexualizing Toddlers Is A Hilarious Gimmick

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4GTZORZI generally don’t like to overreact when it comes to things like this. People have very varied senses of humor. But some things just aren’t funny. Sexualizing toddlers is one of those things. Hustler has a baby t-shirt emblazoned with the phrase, “Barely legal.” Why does this exist?

A Reddit user was shopping for shirts for her four-year-old when she stumbled across a t-shirt on a sale rack. She grabbed it without totally looking at it – which I have done a million times. The Redditor described, “I grabbed it without even registering what the label said, it just looked like a good night shirt for the summer,” the Redditor wrote. “Carried it around for about 5 minutes before I read the text and threw up in my mouth a little.”

Some comments echoed her confusion and disgust, others thought there was “worse out there.” Some linked to an online store called “T-shirts From Hell,” which carried some gems as, Hung Like A 5-Year-Old, and Pedophiles Don’t Fit In. I’m disgusted.

Sexualizing toddlers isn’t funny at all. The Redditor who posted the photo of the shirt also mentioned that there was an actual “Hustler” tag on the shirt. So the “Hustler” brand makes clothes for tots? Something doesn’t seem right about that.

Considering that one in six boys and one in four girls are sexually abused before they turn 18, I just can’t find the humor in these off-putting jokes. And I think it’s pretty reprehensible when adults use their children as fodder for cheap laughs by putting this shit on them. Shame.

Maybe I’ve just evolved into the person that has no sense of humor about some things. I’m totally comfortable with that – and with judging the companies that make this crap and the parents that think it’s okay to put their children in it. Better to get your cheap laughs at your own expense than subject your child to something like this.

(photo: Reddit)

9 Comments

  1. whiteroses

    May 19, 2013 at 10:05 am

    My son wears clothes with a lot of ducks and monkeys on them. Once he turns eighteen he has the rest of his life to be “an adult” (and I put that in quotes because this isn’t adult at all). I’m not going to speed up that process.

    This seems to me to be another example of “child as accessory”. It’s sad.

  2. Simone

    May 19, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    It’s evil. This kind of stuff has to go past so many people to exist. Whoever thinks of it in the first place, the executives that sign off on it, the printers, the designers, the manufacturers, the stockists. It is not plausible that every one of those groups looked at this and thought, Huh. Cool kids’ t-shirt. At least some of them were revolted. They should have spoken up along the way.

    At some point, more than one person looked at this and thought, Yes. This is it. This is the product we are going to manufacture this week, in thousands of units and send to shops all around the country. This is perfect.

  3. dekumama

    May 19, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Maybe, since it was on a sale rack, it was just printed on the wrong size shirt? I used to do screen printing and we would occasionally mix up sizes. A small women’s can look a lot like a kid’s size when you’re new or not paying attention. Maybe. I hope.

    • faifai

      May 19, 2013 at 8:37 pm

      Yeah, maybe someone just picked it up for themselves over in Misses, thought “omg, that’s actually a pretty gross thing to advertise, marketing myself to dirty old men like that”, and put it back down on a random rack without paying attention?

    • lea

      May 20, 2013 at 2:49 am

      One could hope either of these scenarios were the case but… I had to go and google it.

      Turns out Hustler has a whole range of onesies and toddler shirts (although the one pictured isn’t there).

      Notable mention: a onesie that states “nice tits, can I try one?”

      http://hustlerclothing.com/wp/catalog/lil-hustlers/

    • faifai

      May 20, 2013 at 9:43 am

      oh gawd, come ON. really? really? who comes up with these things? who thinks this is a good idea??? the same people who make stripper toy sets in england and lacy prepubescent lingerie outfits in france?

  4. faifai

    May 19, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    This is no worse than those little girls stretch pants that say “Juicy” across the butt… (LITTLE GIRLS SHOULDN’T BE ADVERTISING THAT THEIR BUTTS ARE JUICY! AUGH!)
    (Yeah, I’m right there with you.)

  5. Rachel Sea

    May 20, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    I appreciate these kinds of clothes because they are like an air raid siren, screaming a warning that whoever dressed that child is someone I do not want to know.

  6. Kelly S

    May 23, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    they’re not legal for ANYTHING! yep, that is straight up joking about molestation.

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