By MAGGIE HAMILTON
Silly parents, I’m looking at you.
Over-reactive, over-protective parents who are expending precious energy stressing about things that really don’t matter, I’m pointing an un-manicured finger in your direction.
How do you know if I am, indeed, calling you foolish? Here’s the test:
Are you offended by this T-shirt?:
The one on the left – that is.
If the answer is yes, we can no longer be friends.
Apparently, on this T-shirt, Ice Queen Elsa is making a “rude gesture” with her fingers. Allegedly, she’s flicking a ‘V-sign’, which is like an old-fashionedy English version of what you would probably call ‘The Bird.’
Yes. That’s right. Fictional Disney royalty uses naughty fingers.
If seeing this top on the rack in your local cheapo clothing store would make you dash off some indignant remarks on their Facebook page, or send a furious email in ANGRY CAPITALS. I have an upper-case message of my own for you:
YOU ARE NOT HELPING. You are getting upset about THE WRONG THINGS.
Because this T-shirt, carried in H&M clothing stores in the UK, has been the subject of complaints from parents who claim that the Disney-approved shirt is “encouraging” their kids to give them the “V-sign”.
H&M have actually had to waste moments of a staff member’s time – that person probably has a university degree and everything – to comment on this.