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Article published March 19, 2013
Move vulgar shirts
Karl Giese Butler
On March 12, my family and I had dinner at Texas Roadhouse at the Clearview Mall. Afterward, we rented a firetruck stroller for my son and daughter for a lap around the mall. During that adventure, I noticed a disturbing trend. In the display window at a store near the customer service desk was a shirt that advertised “Partying with Sluts.” I pointed it out to my wife as an odd thing to be openly displayed, but I dismissed it once my deposit for the stroller was complete. On our way back from our mall loop, I saw displayed, at another store, on the wall closest to the door, a shirt containing a vulgar word with three letters missing. There was no doubt what the missing letters were, or about what message the shirt was intended to convey. Our loop was complete, so we returned the firetruck and went home without expressing any concern. But later in the evening, my thoughts returned to those shirts. I fully support the First Amendment; I am a veteran and believe all of our constitutional rights are sacred. If I had been a teenager again, I would’ve thought those shirts were hilarious. And, that’s the problem. I now am a parent. And, as a parent, I do my best to set a positive example and explain to my children why certain things are “bad.” Thankfully, my kids didn’t pay any attention to those displays. But the mall is a place where a lot of teenagers hang out. Firetruck strollers do not mat- ter to them, but what they wear does. What kind of message are these stores giving our children by blatantly displaying such vulgarity? If the shirts had not been in the direct line of sight of shoppers, I would have had no problem. A lot of people, especially teenagers who have no money, window-shop. I’m not a marketing guru, but I doubt those shirts sell out in record numbers. A simple relocation of merchandise could save us parents a lot of unnecessary explaining while we’re trying to enjoy the good things that the Clearview Mall offers. Butler’s claim is “A Great Place to Live.” With that in mind, it should try to stay classy.