Tommy Hilfiger Don't want asians and black people wear his design?

@insulin (2484)
Philippines
February 2, 2011 1:17pm CST
I heard rumor today in water district where my sister's friend who is really into brand especially Tommy get pissed off as she heard that tommy is acting racist towards the asians and specific is the filipinos.It is said that in one interview he said "If I knew that asians and black people will wear my design,I never design them at all".It sounds bad for me but I wanna clarify if this is true or not as I am also a Filipino using his brand.
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17 responses
• United States
2 Feb 11
I hope he didn't say something like that.. That is a terrible statement and if it's true I won't ever wear anything with his name on it again - I don't own anything with his name on it anyway! I am not black or asian, but I would not wear the clothing designed by someone with that attitude.
@insulin (2484)
• Philippines
2 Feb 11
I also hope it's not true as I am asian but it happen to be true then I'll stop wearing his designs.
• United States
2 Feb 11
I heard about this years ago. I don't buy anything from him and that has been for years. the sad thing is he makes some reslly nice handbags and my daughter would love one. I will wear his clothing provided I get them free from the clothing place I go to. but,to buy something from him hell to the no..
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@insulin (2484)
• Philippines
2 Feb 11
So this is actually true?Then I felt like I am 1 year late about what's happening.Why you don't buy from him?It's because of the reason or you just don't like his design?This is bad.
@beamer88 (4271)
• Philippines
3 Feb 11
Yeah, I've also heard about that. I don't really know if it's true but it still affected me a lot when Filipinos were specifically referred to. I haven't bought any item brandishing his name. Well, I don't really like his products anyway. Io be honest, I got a bit disappointed when after that news broke out, there were still Filipinos patronizing his products. How patriotic can some people get.
• Thailand
3 Feb 11
Take a look at the link in response #4 above. You are allowing a hoax to influence you. How can some people view their fellow countrymen as unpatriotic when they refuse to let their buying habits be shaped by a lie? Check your facts before you judge the behavior of others.
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• United States
1 Mar 11
That Rumor is not true, it's vicious old rumor made up. More proof you can find on Internet - www.adl.org/Internet_Rumors/letter_hilfiger.htm
@saizo6 (2211)
• United States
3 Feb 11
I remember hearing this rumor many years ago. I didn't particularly care about it since I wasn't a Tommy Hilfiger fan to begin with but my friends were really offended by the Asian comment. They decided to boycott his stuff and I don't think they ever went back to it. I was a bit surprised to see this post though since it is old news and I didn't think people still remembered it.
• United States
3 Feb 11
Old hoaxes and urban legends always resurface. This one has been around since 2000 which, by the way, is not true. See my response (#4) and link to Snopes.
• Mexico
3 Feb 11
Hi insulin: I have read this rumpur from an email. I have tried to find a video where Mr. Hilfiger was saying this but I haven't found it so I think it must be false. I can't believe this mand that need black people and asians would say this so it must be a negative rumour against him and his company. He needs the money so I don't think he'd say these racists comments even if he'd be racist (I'm not saying he's one, I just don't know) because he'd lose a lot of money. ALVARO
• United States
3 Feb 11
Hey starsailover. It IS false. There is no video. It is a hoax, an urban legend, just another one of those rumors that get e-mailed around. See my response above. I posted a link to Snopes that debunks it.
• Jamaica
2 Feb 11
He was interviewed many years ago and said this. When sales started to drop because his clothes were bought by a lot of black people that heard him on the interview, he apologized and backpedaled as if to say he was misunderstood, but what he said was pretty clear. He is racist and I don't buy his stuff at all.
• Jamaica
2 Feb 11
I just read the article from snopes and the conclusion sounds very credible. I must apologize for repeating what seems to be a malicious rumor but I have never heard any one refute it before. I will now go out and buy Tommy Hilfiger clothes! and a lovely bag that I had my eye on. Thank you MyLot for clearing this up for me just in time!
@Devilova (5396)
• Indonesia
26 Mar 11
Well, thanks GOD I didn't wear of that men handsmade or design. I hate the racism peoples, look like He was the best creatures in this world. Hope GOD will give what He should get if He really2 said that. What is look like being the third peoples in the third world.
@SomeCowgirl (32277)
• United States
25 Mar 11
I am not sure if this is true or not. There are a lot of rumors going around about a lot of different things at any given time that your eally just don't know what to believe as the truth and what to think of as a lie. I would hafta say if this is true then I would definitely be asking people who are not asian and black to boycott the brand and not buy at all. If NO ONE buys he'll change his attitude for sure.
@agent807 (694)
• United States
9 Feb 11
I have heard about this some time ago, and I will never buy any of his clothing. I only had one shirt from him that someone gave me, but I couldn't wear it because it was too small. He only designs clothes for those with skinny model figures anyway. I am glad that I cannot fit into his clothes. Even if I could, I wouldn't throw money his way for it. He wants to blow entire races, but yet, most of his clothes are made overseas. Screw him.
@LaDeBoheme (1941)
• United States
4 Feb 11
Wow! Doesn't anybody read the existing responses before posting their own comments? This is false. It is a hoax. It is an urban legend. NOT TRUE! I already posted the Snopes link. Here it is again for anyone who missed it back at #4. Snopes - FALSE: www.snopes.com/racial/business/hilfiger.asp Mail this to everyone you know.
@Blondie2222 (11383)
• United States
3 Feb 11
I've never heard this before. I wear his clothes sometimes but not always it's too expensive. But of course many people of different races are gonna wear a name brand clothing that is popular, why wouldn't they? He shouldn't be races like that. But I hope this isn't true because if it is then he will not make much money off his clothing and many people will hate on him i'm sure.
@hanny8 (12)
• Switzerland
3 Feb 11
God,if this is a true roumour then this is a very racist comment and i have a dissapointing effect on my soul.why did he not s state when he started the clothing line since those he was to segregate have so far contributed too its growth by buying the lines mecherdise.
@hanny8 (12)
• Switzerland
3 Feb 11
God if the rumour is true then this is economic racism of which am disapointed.
@mimiang (3781)
• Philippines
3 Feb 11
Perhaps it is not true because there are nothing said on print or television about it .In case that it is true, it is not my loss if I don't buy his products
2 Feb 11
Sadly this sort of rumour tends to float in and out of internet headlines every so often. I doubt whether Mr Hilfiger gives a hoot who wears his designs as long as people buy them. Tommy Hilfiger is in the business of making money and is unlikely to make a rascist statement that would alienate many customers. I do not think this story has much credibility to be honest.
@chertsy (3818)
• United States
2 Feb 11
I don't think this is true. Mainly because he's making money, he doesn't care who wears them as long as they are willing to pay up to 80 bucks for a buttoned up shirt. With the economy like it is, he really doesn't care. I mean really, it would be bad business he really acted that way. On the Tommy Hilfiger website, he has beautiful black women as models for his clothing. Hope this helps.
@LaDeBoheme (1941)
• United States
2 Feb 11
Don't believe everything you hear. They'll get you everytime! This one has been floating around since 2000. Snopes - FALSE: www.snopes.com/racial/business/hilfiger.asp