It may be a little hard to see, given that the lettering is black on black (though what else would you expect from such an insolent item of clothing?) but this French child is wearing a hoodie that says “Fuck the rules.” This kid, who was EIGHT YEARS OLD, posed for the photo with the permission of his parents, who seemed amused by the fact that English-speakers found the boy’s sweatshirt shocking enough to take a photo of.
While I’ve seen enough of this sort of thing not to actually be shocked by it anymore, I’m still bewildered by the phenomenon. I mean, I understand that the parents don’t really understand exactly what the shirt says and are just looking for something that zips up and will keep the kid’s head dry if it rains a little, but what about the manufacturers? The existence of this garment means that at a children’s clothing company somewhere, some executives got together and brainstormed ideas for a new line of sportswear for under-tens. And THIS is what they came up with! It makes you wonder what kind of ideas got rejected for being too inappropriate.
Anyway, here is my message to those clothing company execs: Encouraging lawlessness amongst a demographic whose rules include single-digit bedtimes, candy restrictions and limits on the amount of time spent playing video games may seem harmless enough, but today’s primary school rebels are tomorrow’s teen shoplifters. And what will happen to your profits then? Remember, when it comes to anarchy, you must be this tall to ride that ride.