It makes sense that, at a time when one of the leading presidential candidates is a guy whose job used to involve firing people on TV, we would encourage more young people to dream big. Anything is possible now, for one thing, and also, we clearly need help from those young people if our species is to survive. To that end, a new line of shirts from Old Navy advises children toward a career in astronomy or perhaps the executive branch. Good! They should do that! For some reason, however, this advice comes at the pointed expense of artists. No, Old Navy, no!
This line of shirts takes a positive message and twists it until Old Navy is basically one massive uber-grandmother, advising all art students and English majors to consider getting that teaching degree in case things don’t pan out. The brand could have put any number of vapid pursuits such as Vine Prankster, but instead it went after the broad umbrella of “artist” that covers everyone from Michelangelo to Ava DuVernay. As one might expect, this development did not sit well with artists, including Steve Ogden, who retaliated with this shirt.
As Beautiful Decay points out, though, Old Navy has taken note of the backlash and they’re discontinuing/recalling the offending shirts. Hopefully, some kids will still eventually figure out how to save the planet anyway, while others put their efforts into entertaining and enlightening us old folks.