Designer slammed for 'disgusting hoodies inspired by mass school shootings. Thoughts?

A New York-based fashion designer is facing major backlash after releasing a new line of hoodies inspired by a series of mass school shootings.

Founder and designer of Bstroy, Brick Owens, is facing criticism after unveiling his Spring 2020 collection this week, which featured a number of hoodies with the names of schools where horrific mass shootings took place.

Owens posted the designs that looked worn and riddled with bullet holes to Instagram, but followers were quick to condemn the styles for their apparent lack of sensitivity and taste...

“Exploitation of deaths of children no older than 18 for personal financial gain is just so fire isn’t it? Hopefully you give all the monetary gain to charities...’” one user commented beneath the photo of a Columbine hoodie.

Another person commented: “The fact that u made a sweatshirt with holes in it representing BULLET HOLES from a shooting where children were MURDERED is gruesome. This is disgusting.”

Owens told NBC that while the clothes were originally meant to make a statement only, he and co-designer Duey Catorze might consider selling them now.

“We wanted to make a comment on gun violence and the type of gun violence that needs preventative attention and what its origins are, while also empowering the survivors of tragedy through storytelling in the clothes,” he said.
“These hoodies were made with all of these intentions in mind, and to explore all of these societal issues.”

Thoughts? Was it an offensive gesture?
Designer slammed for 'disgusting hoodies inspired by mass school shootings. Thoughts?
Designer slammed for 'disgusting hoodies inspired by mass school shootings. Thoughts?
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