A clothing store in the US was vandalised yesterday after it displayed anti-Prop 8 shirts that read “Legalise Gay” in its window. American Apparel’s Silver Springs store had its front window broken after telephonic threats harassed the store’s employees.
Walter Reed, who works at the Georgetown branch, also received a related call from a male who was “enraged for no reason”. Reed told the Washington City Paper: “He was like, is this the Silver Spring location? And I said, ‘No, this is the Georgetown location.”
“He said, ‘You have some Legalize Gay shirts in the window there.’ He said that he and his friends found it offensive, and that if we didn’t take them down, they were going to break it—the window. I said, ‘Is that a threat, Sir?’ And then he hung up.”
American Apparel has issued a statement on the matter, saying that despite threats they will continue to support same-sex marriage rights.
“We just wanted to announce that not only are they not going to prevent us from speaking out on an issue that is important to this company and our employees but we’ll continue to run Legalize Gay advertisements in papers across the DC-Metro area. We’ll also send Legalize Gay t-shirts to any group in Washington DC that is fighting for gay rights and will help support any protest or rally for the cause,” the statement on the company’s website read.