Paddy’s Day t-shirts: Offensive, or just a bit of fun?

J Crew apologises for selling t-shirt with six counties missing from map of Ireland

What are the worst - or best, depending on your view - Paddy’s Day t-shirts you’ve ever seen? Photograph: @FXKennedy/Twitter

What are the worst - or best, depending on your view - Paddy’s Day t-shirts you’ve ever seen? Photograph: @FXKennedy/Twitter

 

A St Patrick’s Day t-shirt featuring a map of Ireland with the six northern counties missing has been withdrawn from sale by J Crew, after the American retailer faced a barrage of complaints on social media for its “offensive” design.

A photo of the t-shirt, which also features the words “beer”, “whiskey” and “more beer”, as well as images of pints, whiskey bottles, Dublin Castle and - quite bizarrely - a windmill, was posted on Twitter by Francis X Kennedy @FXKennedy: “Hey, @jcrew, it’s great that you’re doing an Irish t-shirt for St Patrick’s Day, but this is offensive, bordering on obnoxious, for a couple of reasons. I’ll let you figure it out for yourselves, but showing the design to any Irish person would have helped,” he wrote. Since Sunday, the tweet has attracted almost 2,000 likes and more than 300 comments.

J Crew has since issued a statement confirming the item had been removed from sale. “We regret any unintended offense,” a spokesman said.

What are the worst (or best) Paddy's Day t-shirts you've ever seen?

It’s not the first time a retailer has been landed in hot water over “offensive” St Patrick’s Day t-shirts linking Irishness with heavy drinking: the Ancient Order of Hibernians called for a boycott of Amazon last year when it sold a t-shirt with “Drunk Lives Matter” emblazoned on an Irish flag around St Patrick’s Day. Walmart also removed St Patrick’s Day t-shirts from its website after a similar complaint from the AOH in 2018.

What do you think of such Paddy’s Day merchandise? Do they perpetuate offensive stereotypes, or are they just a bit of fun? What’s the worst (or best, depending on your view) slogan or image you’ve seen on a St Patrick’s Day t-shirt? We want to hear your views, and see your photographs.

You can share your thoughts and snaps using the form above.

A selection may be published on irishtimes.com in the lead up to St Patrick’s Day.

Thank you.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
GO BACK
Error Image
The account details entered are not currently associated with an Irish Times subscription. Please subscribe to sign in to comment.
Comment Sign In

Forgot password?
The Irish Times Logo
Thank you
You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.
The Irish Times Logo
Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.
Screen Name Selection

Hello

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

The Irish Times Logo
Commenting on The Irish Times has changed. To comment you must now be an Irish Times subscriber.
SUBSCRIBE
Forgot Password
Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.