Fashion police? Florida's Pam Bondi targets edgy L.A. store over Xanax T-shirts [Orlando Sentinel]
(Orlando Sentinel (FL) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Sept. 06--An edgy Los Angeles clothing store known for its celebrity sightings is in hot water with Florida's Attorney General over a T-shirt line advertising some of the country's most commonly abused prescription drugs.
Pam Bondi and two other state Attorneys General this week asked Kitson, which has multiple locations in California as well as online sales, to stop selling jersey-style shirts with Xanax, Vicodin and Adderall printed on the back.
At a time when roughly seven people die a day in Florida because of prescription drug overdoses, the legal leaders told Kitson that "prescription drug abuse is not fun or humorous."
The clothing store fired back on Facebook late Thursday, stating it will stop selling the shirts if television networks agree to stop accepting advertising revenue from prescription drug companies.
It may not have been the response Bondi hoped for.
When she asked the popular clothing store Urban Outfitters in May to discontinue its prescription drug line of products, the company eventually agreed.
Kitson is a known hot-spot for celebrity sightings and paparazzi. Shoppers can even search for products online based on what celebrity wore the item.
The controversial prescription drug shirts sell for $58 and $98 for short and long-sleeves.
In the letter sent to Kitson this week, the Attorneys General said, "Your tee shirts do not 'open the door to a dialogue,' as the designer claims, and donating some or all of the profits to a non-profit does not make this bad idea better."
The fact the designer chose Xanax, Vicodin and Adderall with the marketing tagline, "Pop one and you'll feel better," demonstrates "not an interest in educating the public about the dangers of prescription drug abuse but rather a most cynical effort to profit on the backs of the thousands of lives lost to this epidemic."
As of Friday morning, Bondi's office had not received an official response from Kitson regarding its request.
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