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Um, No: Gap Pulls 'Manifest Destiny' T-Shirt Following a Flood of Complaints

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Move over, Navajo panties: Urban Outfitters has been supplanted as the retailer most hated by Native Americans. Gap started selling a "Manifest Destiny" T-shirt recently, but they removed the shirt from their store today after a flood of complaints, organized by members of the Native American community.

Critics left angry Facebook messages, sent tweets, and posted negative reviews of the shirt on Gap's website. A change.org petition garnered almost 3,500 signatures. The shirt's designer, Mark McNairy, tweeted "SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST" as a response to the complaints. Not long after that, he removed the tweet and wrote, "I AM SORRY FOR MY SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST COMMENT. IT HURT ME DEEPLY TO BE CALLED A RACIST AS THAT IS NOT ME. I REACTED WITHOUT THINKING." (Clearly the dude has a thing for the caps lock button.)

Gap has since released an official statement: "Thank you for your feedback regarding the "Manifest Destiny" t-shirt. Based on customer feedback, we will no longer offer the t-shirt in our stores or online." They've removed references to the shirt on their site and on social media, but many comments and complaints remain on their Facebook page. Most of the posters want Gap to issue an apology. Looks like newly-minted creative director Rebekka Bay has her work cut out for her.
· Gap Offended Customers With This 'Manifest Destiny' T-Shirt [TBI]
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· Gap [Official Site]