Tuesday, June 26, 2012

DONE with the Moose



The other day I was unaware about the latest Abercrombie and Fitch PR disaster, when I read the story over at Wonder Man's blog, Maybe it's Just Me. The gist of the story is that a guy named Benjamine Bowers who worked at an Abercrombie & Fitch store last year is claiming that the store referred him to a modelling agent who asked him to strip down and masturbate so that he could take more “relaxed” photos. Brian Hilburn, the A&F photographer convinced Benjamine that he needed to display a relaxed look for his modeling portfolio, and the best way of achieving that look was to masturbate in front of the camera, so the photo could capture his expression immediately after orgasm, And for good measure, Hilburn allegedly told him the drill was to do the whole thing in the buff. In addition, Bowers claims Hillburn then wiped out his own jumbles and they were comparing size?????? Ok!

The sexy model is now suing Abercrombie and Fitch and the photographer, Brian Hilburn for $1 million. I’m interested to see how this turns out and if A&F will be held responsible for any of it. What are your thoughts on this lawsuit?

And I don't see how Bowers will be awarded anything. First off, if someone told me to that, and I whipped out my goods that quick, it is because I enjoy doing it. Bowers , from the stories, doesn't sound like he had to have an arm twisted, to put on what I'm sure, was a stunning show! I think maybe he should call Chi-Chi Larue, she is always seeking new talent! Meanwhile this photographer really should just be fired from the company if A&F wanted to save any of their deeply tarnished image. I can't see him being sued for that much money. But again, maybe he could call Chi-Chi Larue. She may be in need of a good director!!! It's a win win!

I just don't understand how this company is still around with all their bad press and the lack of treating employees with care and respect. On the heels of the scandal in their Milan outpost,the one where employees were forced to do push-ups and squats, this is yet another PR nightmare for Abercrombie & Fitch. The retailer has been accused in the past of everything from forcing employees to buy and wear its products to racial, religious and physical disability discrimination. I even had friends who worked there in the past treated badly for things they were eating, and one was even told to color her hair back to it's real color!!!! Good Gawd get a grip. I used to shop the clothier up to two years ago. I loved their basic polo as I'm a smaller guy and their athletic fitted small polo fit me like a glove and were of good quality. But I just couldn't patronize a business who use so much sex, and don't get me wrong, I enjoy alot of sex, but between that and the treatment of their workers, I just couldn't anymore. All I know is that David T. Abercrombie and Ezra H. Fitch, the original Abercrombie & Fitch  founders, who sold elite out fittings of sporting and excursion goods, and particularly noted for its expensive shotguns, fishing rods, and tents, must be rolling in their graves. But at least the company is  apparently still popping tents!!!!

17 comments:

  1. I agree with you on all points.
    The model would have had a better case had he not chocked his chicken first. He couldn't have been that uncomfortable--even if he plays that, "They could have ruined my career" card.

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  2. Anonymous6/26/2012

    For years I've never heard a good thing about that company, which is why I never considered buying anything from them. As far as I'm concerned they don't exist.

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  3. Excellent last line! xoxoxoxxo

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  4. No wonder they're called Aberzombie and Bitch.

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  5. Thank you! I adore their models, but then who doesn't like the look of fit young people mostly not wearing anything.

    I ABHOR their politics, insensitivity, business practices, racial insensitivity, treatment of (in their eyes) imperfect customers - jsut about everything really.

    I was told once, a moment after walking in, that they didn't carry anything in my waist size, I might do better at Nordstrom's - I almost slapped the little bitchboi who said it, I was shopping for a gift for a friend anyways and they haven't gotten a penny from me since!

    I have read of other HR problems, PR problems and all sorts of bad stuff. Thanks for putting this post up!

    Among other things, it is sort of funny - I mean, if a photographer told me to whip it out so I can relax, I would, but then I am that kind of guy, but to sue over it? This model must be one dim bulb, pretty but not much else lol.

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  6. The issue is he did the deed and didn’t say anything and now all of a sudden he wants to sue somebody over it. A&F should not have to pay a dime to this guy. Anyone with half a brain cell would have quickly said no. This guy probably thought this photographer was going to really break him into the modeling world and since it didn’t happen he now wants to make a quick buck by suing. If he was going to sue anyone it should be the photographer.

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  7. I have been in that wretched hell hole of a store only twice, once with my daughter and once with my boyfriend. It is a disgrace and an intolerable bore, plus you smell it from 6 stores away!

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  8. "forced"?

    please, bitch!

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  9. Oh come on. . . granted the photographer was out of line and a pev probably, but how stupid was he to actually follow that advice? What ever happened to personal responsibility?

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  10. Your right, they should both just contact Chi-Chi and do a porn together, they already have the storyline in place!

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  11. It is so easy to find them in a mall, follow the stench of cheap perfume .... disgusting in every way.

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  12. Fell for the old "...It'll help your career!" scam.
    If servicing myself were good for my career, I'd have more money than Donald Trump.

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  13. I am so sick and tired to hear about Abercrombie in their issues. They hire hot men and women mostly men to model their clothes even in the stores. You can tell from their ads that they are more into men. I would have never done that if I was him. I do not know why he did it. It would have been a red flag immediately. Oh well. We will see if he wins. Both my sons wanted jobs there at one time and I refused to let them work there!!! William gave them allowance in the meantime.

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  14. Cracking me up with the line in closing "But at least the company is apparently still popping tents!!!!

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  15. Nice post and entertaining on a otherwise vile subject!

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