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American Apparel Debuts First Transgender Model: Great or Gimmicky?

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June is LGBT Pride Month, making it the perfect time for American Apparel to debut its first transgender model, former "America’s Next Top Model" contestant Isis King. King, 26, appears in a series of new ads for the provocative clothing chain, wearing Pride Month T-shirts.



"American Apparel is showing bold leadership by being among just a few companies to include transgender people in its national ads," GLAAD President Herndon Graddick said in a statement. "The company’s statement that 'Gay is OK' will reach millions and send an important message in support of equality." King, 26, was the first transgender contestant on "Top Model," too. Do you think American Apparel is making a bold move toward equality by using her in their ads? Or is it just a gimmicky way to get attention?
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  • Nilam 2012/06/15 22:03:12
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    Nilam
    +36
    geez people, when is society gonna grow up. why should anyone care about another persons preference? media has freely exposed sex, drugs, violence, and much much more and noone seems to have a problem with it, why all the fuss over gay? i personal dont enjoy being with someone of the same sex, but if someone else does, how is that even any of my business? i really dont see the big deal.........

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  • Twinkle Bob, th... 2012/06/16 02:36:33 (edited)
    Twinkle
    +3
    A guy can have a great ass just because you don't have one don't have to mean.
  • Bob, th... Twinkle 2012/06/16 02:46:07
    Bob, the reasonable one
    +2
    my ass is cherry!!! LOL

    It's still gimmicky!! Why do people dwell on sex....sheez, there is more to life than who you sleep with.....
  • apaтнeт... Bob, th... 2012/06/16 02:58:03
    apaтнeтιc lycanтнrope
    +3
    How is this dwelling on sex? It's touching on sexuality, yes, but not sex itself. I don't think who the model sleeps with was ever mentioned in the article...
  • Bob, th... apaтнeт... 2012/06/16 03:00:52
    Bob, the reasonable one
    +2
    the ad is in celebration of gay/transgendered Month...they are making a point of declaring "LOOK AT US, BUY OUR PRODUCT BECAUSE WE HAVE A TRANSGENDERED MODEL!"
  • apaтнeт... Bob, th... 2012/06/16 03:04:30
    apaтнeтιc lycanтнrope
    +2
    I still don't see how that has something to do with who they sleep with. Maybe it's because I personally don't see sex in every thing.
  • Bob, th... apaтнeт... 2012/06/16 03:14:42
    Bob, the reasonable one
    +2
    you choose not to see, or choose to post silliness...fashions are fashions, clothes are clothes, they are emphasizing the fact that the model is transgendered....and that the woman who used to be a man is their model...my statement is who would know unless they told me?
  • apaтнeт... Bob, th... 2012/06/16 03:26:46
    apaтнeтιc lycanтнrope
    +1
    That still... never mind. Screw it. I'm bored with this anyhow.

    Have a good one.
  • intoler... apaтнeт... 2012/06/16 04:34:06
    intolerantrwj
    +1
    .... you did see the message on the clothing, did you not ?

    " Legalize Gay " ... " Gay O.K. " .... that's not dwelling on the issue ?

    I'm so damned sick of hearing it I could puke.
  • apaтнeт... intoler... 2012/06/16 04:43:23
    apaтнeтιc lycanтнrope
    +2
    Yes, I did. "Bob" said it was about sex, sleeping with someone, and the like. The shirts are dealing in sexuality, sexual orientation, blah, blah, blah.
    I was not talking about sexuality -- which is right freaking there. I was bringing up the sex I didn't see/get.
  • intoler... apaтнeт... 2012/06/16 04:57:21
    intolerantrwj
    +1
    .... I have to agree with ' Bob's ' comment of " who would know unless they told me ? "

    Now, if it was a legit ' She ', I might be able to get upset with " the sex I didn't see/get " < s >
  • shiroid... intoler... 2012/06/16 16:31:55
    shiroidenkou1994
    +3
    She is a 'legit she,' and you're a legit dumbass.
  • intoler... shiroid... 2012/06/16 17:47:41
    intolerantrwj
    .... uuummm, well yeah, I'm you say so

    Get back to me after you graduate kindergarten
  • shiroid... intoler... 2012/06/16 18:15:54 (edited)
    shiroidenkou1994
    +1
    This coming from the one whose IQ is quite possibly lower than their shoe size. I'm /soooo/ intimidated.
  • intoler... shiroid... 2012/06/16 18:32:03
    intolerantrwj
    .... it just may be, but even if in single digits it would appear grand in comparison to yours.
  • shiroid... intoler... 2012/06/18 03:36:14 (edited)
    shiroidenkou1994
    +1
    Yes, I do have small feet. how did you know? But in all seriousness, I am a thousand times smarter than you, and at least I know how to effectively and correctly wield the language I'm using. Goodbye and good luck.
  • intoler... shiroid... 2012/06/21 15:09:04
    intolerantrwj
    best to you ... have a good day
  • Gracie - Proud Conservative 2012/06/16 02:27:17
    Gimmicky
    Gracie - Proud Conservative
    +5
    Whatever! What is there to be proud about?
  • Party B... Gracie ... 2012/06/16 05:52:53
    Party Boy [A7X Bat]
    +3
    How about being one being themself despite social backlash, for starters?
  • ☠ Live Free Or Die ☠ 2012/06/16 02:24:26
  • caius madison 2012/06/16 01:48:46
    Great
    caius madison
    +1
    The transgendered peoples are multiplying and are deserving of their very own model to represent them as well. May we see more....
  • La 2012/06/16 01:48:02
    Great
    La
    +2
    Nice, I guess
  • mandyinabox 2012/06/16 01:43:44
    Great
    mandyinabox
    +3
    that's great! i'm glad American Apparel is taking a stand for LGBT rights & equality
  • ValleyOfTheDolls 2012/06/16 01:41:53
    Great
    ValleyOfTheDolls
    +1
    I need those t-shirts!
  • SK-pro impeachment 2012/06/16 01:38:38
    Gimmicky
    SK-pro impeachment
    +3
    neither! it's frackin' sick!!!! Don't like my opinion on an opinion blog site. tough crap!!! Go deal with it in your closet.
  • Kronan_1 2012/06/16 01:30:07 (edited)
    Gimmicky
    Kronan_1
  • Ant ☠ Live ... 2012/06/16 03:07:19
    Ant
    +1
    Maybe they're a chick,maybe they're not. I would need a doctor's statement concerning their chromosomes to know for sure. You just can't change your gender with surgery.
  • ☠ Live ... Ant 2012/06/16 03:11:25 (edited)
    ☠ Live Free Or Die ☠
    +2
    lol, okay, call this woman a man to her face. I dare you. See how bold and brave you are. And trust me, you won't look like the good guy standing on the sidewalk insulting a woman. :)
  • conservyT ☠ Live ... 2012/06/16 04:45:42
    conservyT
    I'm a Real Woman and I'd call her a Man to His face.
  • ☠ Live ... conservyT 2012/06/16 04:50:46
    ☠ Live Free Or Die ☠
    +3
    Ah, congrats, you're a chick(?) blowing smoke out her(?) ass on the internet.
    look out guys  We ve go a baddass over here
  • conservyT ☠ Live ... 2012/06/17 19:19:48
    conservyT
    DARN RIGHT!!!

    Don't mess with me, In Love with Liberty said I'm a Bad A--.

    LOL!!!
  • ☠ Live ... conservyT 2012/06/17 19:29:52 (edited)
    ☠ Live Free Or Die ☠
    Oh yeah, I'm sure you are....
    You win one internet
  • conservyT ☠ Live ... 2012/06/17 23:16:08
    conservyT
    Do I have to pay for S&H?

    LOL!
  • ☠ Live ... conservyT 2012/06/17 23:44:37
    ☠ Live Free Or Die ☠
    Yup. And you're the only one, too. The bill collectors will be seeing you shortly.
  • conservyT ☠ Live ... 2012/06/18 21:24:29
    conservyT
    Huh???

    Ok... See Ya Later...

    Bye bye
  • BB 2012/06/16 01:25:35
    Great
    BB
    +1
    He/she/it is not that hot. If He/she/it were more atractive I would be happier.
  • ZeldaFan13 BB 2012/06/16 04:57:38
    ZeldaFan13
    It's a SHE
  • Z-Wolf 2012/06/16 01:17:32 (edited)
    Great
    Z-Wolf
    +7
    She's pretty.
    Also, I hate those pants.

    just saying gif
    I'm just saying...
  • nattieaug 2012/06/16 01:13:02
    Great
    nattieaug
    +1
    It's good to finally see 'media' doing a good deed to society! (as well as knowing the huge profit they will receive out of this debut) We live in a free world, people should stop being embarrassed of these natural things :) Applause to American Apparel!!
  • Earthly Resident 2012/06/16 01:11:00
    Great
    Earthly Resident
    +4
    go for it ppl, do ur own thing like the rest of us, don't let others' pointless prejudices get in ur way
  • sglmom 2012/06/16 00:55:18
    Gimmicky
    sglmom
    +7
    Let's see ..
    this is a Company with ..
    Accounting Problems (where oh where to categorize its revolving credit accounts in the tax/earnings statements)

    very REAL Probability of hitting Bankruptcy and going totally out of business ..
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4...
    http://www.accessoriesmagazin...

    sexually explicit advertising .. (niche .. for the controversy only)
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/com...

    CEO under suspicion for Sexual Misconduct
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com...
    (although the one lawsuit was tossed by Manhattan Courts .. there's still the problem with this HISTORY of potential misconduct issues)

    rumors that it will NOT have 'Made in America' products much longer
    http://jezebel.com/americanap...


    Obviously .. they've spent a FORTUNE on ADVERTISING services ..
    this is a last GASP to try to find a NICHE ..
    (another big name also trying this NICHE Strategy is JC Penny)

    We are most likely seeing only controversy to try to stave off temporarily the death throes of the corporation at this time ..
    Let's see ..
    this is a Company with ..
    Accounting Problems (where oh where to categorize its revolving credit accounts in the tax/earnings statements)

    very REAL Probability of hitting Bankruptcy and going totally out of business ..
    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/4...
    http://www.accessoriesmagazin...

    sexually explicit advertising .. (niche .. for the controversy only)
    http://www.guardian.co.uk/com...

    CEO under suspicion for Sexual Misconduct
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com...
    (although the one lawsuit was tossed by Manhattan Courts .. there's still the problem with this HISTORY of potential misconduct issues)

    rumors that it will NOT have 'Made in America' products much longer
    http://jezebel.com/americanap...


    Obviously .. they've spent a FORTUNE on ADVERTISING services ..
    this is a last GASP to try to find a NICHE ..
    (another big name also trying this NICHE Strategy is JC Penny)

    We are most likely seeing only controversy to try to stave off temporarily the death throes of the corporation at this time ..
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