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!!!!