Right wingers have deluged the Facebook page for Lands’ End with vows to boycott the company because they dared to publish an interview with feminist icon Gloria Steinem in their latest catalog. From the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel:
Lands’ End quickly backpedaled this week from an association with feminist Gloria Steinem after hearing complaints from customers and the publication of an article by a pro-life news agency. With customers taking to the company’s Facebook page to voice objections centered on Steinem’s support for abortion rights, Lands’ End on Tuesday removed a feature on Steinem from its website.
Company CEO Federica Marchionni had interviewed Steinem to kick off the Lands’ End “Legend Series” on “individuals who have made a difference in both their respective industries and the world at large.” On Wednesday afternoon, the Dodgeville-based retailer of traditional clothing issued an apology.
“We understand that some of our customers were offended by the inclusion of an interview in a recent catalog with Gloria Steinem on her quest for women’s equality,” the firm said in a statement. “We thought it was a good idea and we heard from our customers that, for different reasons, it wasn’t. For that, we sincerely apologize.
“Our goal was to feature individuals with different interests and backgrounds that have made a difference for our new Legends Series, not to take any political or religious stance.”