Baby onesie says 'I hate my thighs,' prompts debates, 'baby fat-shaming'
Baby attire: It's not normally a hot-button topic, but a new onesie has some some accusing a clothing company of baby fat-shaming.
The onesie at issue here? This snapsuit from Wry Baby. Right across the belly it reads, "I hate my thighs." And whether you think that's funny or not seems to be the issue.
The dust up over the outfit started on March 10 when the senior editor of Ms. Magazine wrote a blog post.
In part, she wrote: "Yes, we know -- it's meant to be funny. ... And we feminists do have a sense of humor. But really, there's something icky about projecting fat awareness on babies."
To its credit, the magazine also asked readers what they thought, and if it was taking the outfit too seriously. The publication got responses for and against it, but Wry Baby also weighed in.
"We couldn't agree more about body image. That's why we made an ironic joke about it. Obviously, no baby would or should hate their thighs!" the company wrote in its defense.
Several other commenters have pointed out that the company is named Wry Baby, and it does sell several other comical onesies on its site.
Take "Bringing Booty Back," "Born to Fight Zombies" and "Turnt Up" for example.
Similarly, the NBC crew seemed to side with the company.
"It would only be shaming if the baby could read it, and if the baby can read it, you have an awesome kid. So, why would you worry about the thighs?"
"To the serious point, you don't want your kids growing up hating themselves. But I think it's funny."
Though viewers were a little more split.
So, this has all the makings of your typical Internet feud, right? Well, what makes this one a little different is that it actually had a happy ending.
Wry Baby let its customers decide if the onesie should stay or go by putting it up against another onesie that read "Love me for my leg rolls."
They also announced all proceeds from both snapsuits would go to the Ms. Foundation for Women.
The "leg rolls" onesie won out, and the "thighs" onesie has been discontinued.If only all Internet drama could end in charitable donations.
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