We're all about a good piece of kitschy kitchenware. A towel that lets the world know to please don't speak to us until we've had our morning coffee or blatant curse-word oven mitts. But sometimes brands go too far and inadvertently end up offending people in their attempts at humor, and that's exactly what seems to have happened over at Macy's.
After Twitter user and science reporter Alie Ward spotted a set of dishes at Macy's that rubbed her the wrong way, she snapped a photo and tagged the retailer. Not only did she get Macy's to respond, but a slew of people followed. The plates feature three circles, each representing a portion of food. The largest portion of food is referred to as "mom jeans" whereas the smallest portion is called "skinny jeans." Not only is this an awful message, humor or not, but it doesn't take into account what the food is. As a coworker shouted after spotting the plates, "So a large plate of salad is better than a small piece of cake?"
After reading Alie's Tweet, Macy's responded quickly and acted even faster.
Hi, Alie — we appreciate you sharing this with us and agree that we missed the mark on this product. It will be removed from all STORY at Macy's locations.— Macy's (@Macys) July 22, 2019
The plates were made by a brand called Pourtions and were being sold at Macy's in-store concept shop, called Story. Macy's has agreed to pull them from the line. While Twitter reactions are all over the place on this one, it's nice to see a retailer respond so quickly to customers.
Next time just give a subtle hint, like making the entire plate a mirror.— yael🦕 (@birdhonks) July 22, 2019
Thank you @Macys for responding appropriately to feedback about products that can help spread a harmful message. I hope that you will take steps to educate your staff on how to avoid this sort of thing in the future. And thank you @alieward for bringing attention to this!— Chris Maliga (@waitandh0pe) July 22, 2019
That's a shame. Never heard of these plates before this protest, but I would love to have some. I want to loose weight and it would be a good reminder to cut my portion size. Maybe a reissue for guys? Let me know.
— Jeffrey Whelchel (@jeffreywhelchel) July 22, 2019
@Macys can you send me a set, since I wont be allowed to buy them now? I'm 35 lbs into a 60lb weightloss goal and love the plates.
— Jessica Green (@AnarchyToward) July 22, 2019