H&M catches some flak for its new 'Girl With A Dragon Tattoo' clothing line
About a week after unveiling its new 30-piece dark, grungy, industrial-style collection inspired by the upcoming release of Girl With A Dragon Tattoo, H&M has come under fire from critics (mostly bloggers and tweeters) who think the clothes glorify rape and murder. Basically.
According to one blogger, the new line is inspired by a character "who is violently raped, and who is hunting down a man who violently rapes and kills other women." The blogger goes on to tell H&M in an open letter that the retailer is "putting a glossy, trendy finish on the face of sexual violence and the rage and fear it leaves behind."
Yeah, I dunno. I guess I see her point, but then again, I really like the line. It screams tough and edgy to me, not abuse victim. Clothes are what you make of them, I suppose.
"The collection is based on and inspired by the film and character Lisbeth Salander and though we think Lisbeth is a strong woman who stands up for her ideal, we are not trying to represent her specifically. ... We do not view this collection as provocative-it contains pieces that are staples in many people’s wardrobes: jeans, biker jackets and t-shirts. It’s all about how you wear them. We encourage our customers to find their own personal way to wear our products."
An interesting discussion, for sure. I like that H&M and designer Trish Summerville have put forth such a provocative line, and I like that people are provoked enough by fashion to issue such an outcry. Yay, self-expression!
Deal Diva Emily