LPA And Revolve Release And Quickly Cancel Fatphobic Sweatshirts

Photo courtesy of Revolve

They really tried it

Clothing brand LPA has landed itself in hot water with a new release that debuted on the site of its parent company Revolve. A sweatshirt collaboration between LPA’s founder Pia Arribo and friend Lena Dunham was supposed to be released via Revolve today, and the way they were marketed made them look not only ignorant, but just plain offensive.

The collaboration was apparently meant to showcase comments reportedly said to women like Dunham, Paloma Elsesser, and Cara Delevingne by Internet trolls. The series of gray sweatshirts have large quotes written on them with “as said to” and the recipient’s Instagram handle written in smaller font underneath. It’s Elsesser’s quote that has been spotlighted as being particularly offensive and blatantly fatphobic. The quote reads, “being fat is not beautiful it’s an excuse,” and is shown on a sweatshirt worn by a thin white model.

Photo courtesy of @FlorenceGiven Instagram

London-based artist Florence Given posted the listing to her Instagram page, calling out the brand for “selling fat phobia to rich skinny women.” And it's not just that it's being modeled by someone thin, it also doesn’t come in a wide range of sizes. Other sweatshirts included quotes like, "Too Bony To Be Boned" (as reportedly said to Delevingne) and "Horrible Result Of Modern Feminism" (as reportedly said to Dunham). While the sweatshirts were supposed to reclaim harmful words said to the women involved, they actually work to reinforce them.

Arribo herself reached out to Given privately on Instagram, saying that the point of the collaboration was to “shine the light on how horrible trolling is,” and that the message is “basically the opposite of what it seems.” She also told Given that the collaboration was supposed to launch the next day, and that she and the celebrities who contributed their quotes had planned to release them with an explanation. Proceeds from the collection were to go to the charity Girls Write Now. 

Photo courtesy of @LenaDunham Instagram

Dunham has also responded via her Instagram story, saying that Elsesser’s quote has been “mangled” and that neither of them were consulted in the products’ marketing. Because of this oversight, she said, “I cannot support this collaboration or lend my name in any way.” 

Thankfully, the listings have been taken down and the collection canceled, but this is a mistake that should never have happened.

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While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video]



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As in Black Panther Political Party leader

It's been a running joke that the Black parents/grandparents of millennials were really confused about all of the Black Panther hoopla ahead of its 2018 release. Many of them were anticipating a movie about members of the Black Panther Political Party and didn't know who the hell T'Challa was. Well, those people are about to have their moment, and we're about to have another one.

Variety is reporting that Fred Hampton, the Black Panther leader at the center of the upcoming biopic Jesus Was My Homeboy, could be played by none other than Daniel Kaluuya. Apparently, he is in negotiations for the role. And he's not the only Black Panther alum in the mix. The Warner Bros. project is being produced by Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler. The same article reports that the forever swoon-worthy Lakeith Stanfield—who appeared with Kaluuya in Jordan Peele's Get Out—is also in negotiations, to play William O'Neal, an FBI informant who infiltrated the Black Panther Party.

Coogler and Charles King are putting together a dream cast to tell a difficult story. Hampton was killed by the Chicago Police Department, while his pregnant girlfriend lay next to him, thanks in part to information they received from O'Neal. Whenever it's out, I strongly recommend having Black Panther queued up as a palate cleanser.