The Agony of the Tees

by Latoya Peterson

Talk about hipster racism:

Livesteez recaps

A 25-year-old New York City graduate student is threatening to sue a T-Shirt designer after being assaulted for wearing one of his designs. [Ed Note – The designer of the shirt is pictured above.]

The woman bought a $69 shirt from Apollo Braun’s Manhattan boutique that bore the words, “Obama is my slave.” When she wore the shirt on Tuesday, four teenage girls accosted her – shoving her, pulling out her earphones, and spitting in her face, according to the New York edition of Metro News.

The unnamed woman is reportedly seeking solace by suing Braun – born Doron Braunshtein – for “all he’s got,” the designer claims. He, of course, is shirking any responsibility for the incident and says that the shirt reflects the views of “ordinary WASPs.”

“For a lot of people, when they see Obama, they see a slave. People think America is not ready for a black president,” the Israeli-born designer said.

Well, that should take care of the “it’s not racism, it’s satire!” counter argument I am sure is lurking around the corner. The shirt was made with racist intent. And in case it isn’t blatantly clear, check the last line of the Livesteez article:

The designer has sold several other anti-Obama styles from his boutique, including shirts with slogans such as “Jews Against Obama,” “Obama = Hitler” and “Who Killed Obama?”

Someone call me when they decide to make a “Slave Blood” shirt.

On the positive stereotypes side of things, I came across this shirt browsing Karmaloop:

To cop from the Disgrasian blog, I’ll extend a great big congratulasians to America’s Next Top Minority!

Asian readers, what will you do with your new found role as the purveyors and ultimate authority on cool?

Edit: My focus in this piece were on the tees and not necessarily Braun’s publicity stunt, but I should add that many commenters have pointed out the “girl beat up by angry minorities” angle was a little too good to be true. Gawker confirms that something is amiss.

(Thanks to Kelkeev66 and Kelly for the tips!)