Kirstie Alley slams retail chain Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries for his controversial remarks in a recently resurfaced 2006 Salon interview, in which he said, “In every school there are the cool and popular kids, and then there are the not-so-cool kids. Candidly, we go after the cool kids…. A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong. Are we exclusionary? Absolutely.”
According to the Huff Post, the actress, 62, told Entertainment Tonight,” Abercrombie clothes are for people who are cool and look a certain way and are beautiful and are thin’ and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. That would make me never buy anything from Abercrombie.”
“I just heard [about] this guy from Abercrombie & Fitch today. This dude from Abercrombie & Fitch — he’s the CEO — what a [expletive]!” Alley told “Entertainment Tonight” on Tuesday.
Nor will her two kids, William True Stevenson, 20, and Lillie Price Stevenson, 18.
“He says Abercrombie clothes are for people that are cool and who look a certain way and are beautiful and who are thin and blah, blah, blah,” she continued. “He goes on and on and on. That would make me never buy anything from Abercrombie even if I was cool and thin. I got two kids in that [age] bracket that will never walk in those doors because of his view of people.”
Us Weekly notes, Alley isn’t the only celebrity to slam the store, which doesn’t carry sizes above a 10. Sophia Bush, on May 13, tweeted “Such a letdown to see that Abercrombie, a company geared toward teens, lets their CEO speak like this…”
Backlash against the company has been growing steadily since the 2006 interview resurfaced. A petition on Change.org was started to compel the store to stock larger sizes; teenage critics protested outside a Chicago Abercrombie & Fitch store on Monday, May 13; and in a viral video campaign, “#FitchTheHomeless,” filmmaker Greg Karber attempts to “re-brand” the company by giving its clothes to homeless people.