Rude t-shirts make mum shirty
LISMORE mum Michelle Bond would never let any of her daughters wear a top emblazoned with a slogan like ‘Santa’s bitch’.
However, T-shirts and singlets with the risqué phrase, as well as ‘North Pole dancer’ and ‘naughty girls get more presents’, are proving popular at Supre stores on the Northern Rivers.
Only a few of the $5 tops are left at Lismore and Ballina, while in Byron Bay they have sold out.
Mrs Bond, who has three daughters aged one, 10 and 15, has backed calls from Premier Kristina Keneally for the tops to be taken off the market.
“I wouldn’t let my 15-year-old wear them, let alone my younger ones,” she said.
“I wouldn’t even wear the ‘Santa’s bitch’ one. It’s a bit wrong.”
Her 10-year-old daughter, Mary, said she shopped at Supre sometimes, but did not like the Christmas-themed tops.
“They’re inappropriate and rude,” she said. “But I do have some friends who would like them.”
Mrs Bond said she was particularly disturbed by a shop like Supre selling the garments because it was aimed at the ‘tween’ (10- to 13-year-old) market.
“I’ve seen similar things in shops for older kids and thought ‘there’s no way I’d let my kids in there’,” she said.
“It’s not just what’s on the shirts either.
“It’s also the style of some of the clothes.”
Ms Keneally told the met- ropolitan media the tops belonged in adult shops, if anywhere.
“These T-shirts are overly sexual and they’re inappropriate,” she said.
The Northern Star called Supre’s head office for a response, but was told the relevant spokespeople were away and unavailable for comment.