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An Australian Retailer's Mean Girls Joke Falls Flat

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Australian chain Cotton On pulled a line of girls' T-shirts, bags, and clutches printed with the phrase "You Can't Sit With Us" after parents complained that the products promoted bullying. Facebook reaction ran the gamut from outrage—"I know it's a quote from Mean Girls and I know it is meant to be cute, but don't we have enough trouble with bullying?"—to kumbaya—"Why can't it say, 'Do you want to hang out with us?'"

The New Zealand Herald quotes a Cotton On Group spokeswoman as saying: "The product range has been voluntarily withdrawn from sale, pending a formal investigation. This is a business underpinned by a sound moral and ethical code. The Cotton On Group does not condone bullying on any level and takes matters such as this very seriously." Maybe "On Wednesdays We Wear Pink" would've been a safer bet?
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