The disappointing reason people are freaking out over this beautiful Old Navy ad
On Friday, Old Navy tweeted about their “Thank You event,” which enables customers to take 30% off your entire purchase. As if that’s not awesome enough (because yay, deals!), they also used a picture of an interracial family to accompany the ad . . . which set off some racists on Twitter.
— Old Navy Official (@OldNavy) April 29, 2016
Trolls and racists took to Twitter to announce their outrage, claiming that the retailer is promoting “open borders” and “race mixing.”
— Chris Riotta (@chrisriotta) May 1, 2016
— Ann Kelly (@LadyAodh) May 1, 2016
— alt~right ultras (@davisiain0) May 2, 2016
— End Cultural Marxism (@genophilia) May 2, 2016
However, Old Navy also received flood of positive comments and support for the ad, including from interracial families who are grateful for the representation from a mainstream brand. In fact, quite a few Twitter users said they’ll go shopping at Old Navy in gratitude.
— KHARY PENEBAKER (@kharyp) May 1, 2016
— Deirdre (@deirdreshavon) May 2, 2016
Old navy pissed off racists today so im buying some of their clothes tonight
— Smooth Kobra (@smoothkobra) May 2, 2016
— Tehlor Kinney (@tehlorkay) May 2, 2016
Some people even learned new — or, should we say, very old and outdated — racist vocab words from the whole thing:
I learned today what ‘miscegenation’ means thanks to the vitriolic reaction to these Old Navy ads. I hate people. pic.twitter.com/x16cNRi9cy
— Louise O’ Neill (@oneilllo) May 1, 2016
I mean, who even uses the word miscegenation anymore? That Old Navy ad must contain a worm hole to the 1860s.
— Evelyn N. Alfred (@EvelynNAlfred) May 1, 2016
Thanks, Old Navy, for your inclusive ad that reflects many, many actual families in America today!
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