Abercrombie Pulls Slant-Eyed T-Shirts

SAN FRANCISCO?Clothier Abercrombie & Fitch is pulling a line of T-shirts that triggered protests from Asian groups that said they reinforced negative stereotypes.

The T-shirts, some of which show smiling men with slanted eyes and conical hats, will be pulled from all of the company’s 311 stores in 50 states, company spokesman Hampton Carney said Thursday.

“We’re very, very, very sorry,” Carney said. “It’s never been our intention to offend anyone.”

Abercrombie received about 60 phone calls Wednesday about the shirts. The company makes fun of everyone, Carney said, noting its previous clothing designs have included foreign waitresses, taxi drivers and Britons.

Abercrombie & Fitch came under fire last year when women’s groups and politicians rallied against the company’s ads featuring young, barely clad models in sexually suggestive poses.