Mom buys all ‘pornographic’ shirts from PacSun store

Posted on: 8:48 am, February 19, 2014, by , updated on: 09:41am, February 19, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (KUTV) – An Orem, Utah mom is not happy with a mall window display she calls “pornography.” The PacSun store in Orem refused to take the offending shirts off display. So she bought every last t-shirt to force the store into making a change.

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Judy Cox spent $567 on t-shirts she will admittedly never wear and hopes no one will. The t-shirts hanging on a clothes line in the PacSun window on Saturday stopped her in her tracks. Cox was shopping with her 19-year-old son when she saw the shirts in question.

“This was pushing a button, they were trying to make a statement and I don’t think it’s appropriate here or anywhere else where children are shopping in a mall,” Cox said.

The “visual by Van Styles” Tee’s at the University Mall in Orem are gone now, but you’ll find similar displays at the PacSun store in Salt Lake City’s Gateway Mall and across the nation. Cox was so upset she stopped to talk to a manager who she says was polite, but couldn’t help.

Cox was told by the manager that they “needed to talk to corporate offices and it could take days.”

That was unacceptable to Cox, so she told them she’d buy the window display. The manager said you could buy them, but the store would just replace them. Since the store had 19 shirts, at $27.98 a piece, the purchase wasn’t cheap. Nearly $600 later Cox left, but it was not the end. If the store gets a new shipment this mom says she’ll go back and buy them out again.

The concern she said was not in selling the shirts but displaying them in the window, she believed the shirts violate Orem’s decency code. Cox said the code should match up to the state code, “If the buttocks shows without an opaque covering it’s illegal. Two of these clearly cross the line,” Cox stated.

Two shirts have photos of lingerie models something she admits you can see at Victoria’s Secret.

She argued Victoria’s Secret displays are different.

“It’s a lingerie store you’re not going in and purchasing a shirt with a pornographic image on the shirt. People are buying lingerie,” she said.

Cox was concerned that young children could not only see, but also buy the shirts. In the end she would like to see the shirts removed from all stores and for “pornography to go away.”

It “harms families and it harms cultures,” she said.

Cox said she planned to return all the shirts once the city manager ruled on whether the graphic shirts can be legally displayed. She said she notified the store and PacSun corporate offices of her intentions to essentially hold the shirts hostage.

Because this all started on a Saturday and this is the end of a long holiday weekend she has not heard back. We tried contacting the store, the artist and mall management but no one returned our calls.

36 comments

  • what a waste of money and cotton…some people in this world, shake my head….

  • Fred says:

    From Pac Sun’s perspective, they sold out of all their shirts. Sounds like a win-win situation.

    • Neko says:

      I know! I think the store has a time framed return policy. So I’m curious what she’s going to do if the mayor hasnt made his decision by then

    • She’s planning on returning them at the end of the 60 days. She stated as much. They won’t make a dime, they just lose sales. She’s a holier-than-thou nutjob who doesn’t understand why she can’t control society (or how awful society would be if she could).

  • Hugh Foley says:

    I don’t think she knows what the word “pornographic” means

  • Harry Knight says:

    She is actually supporting and promoting porn with her actions. I wonder if she realizes that.

  • Jory Swogger says:

    They sold every one of those shirts and are “guaranteed” to sell every one they get in shipment……she showed them!!!

  • dssecurity21 says:

    Now all she has to do is return the shirts.

  • kirbang says:

    The human body is pornography? It sounds as if she sets herself a sole arbiter of community standards. If her neighbors agree, then so be it.

  • Jake says:

    If you do not like something, you do not have to look. I managed a store in Dallas Tx (Bible Belt area) and not once did I have a parent raise an eye at those shirts (I think it’s the shirts by Primitive skate shop) nor any other shirt that haf the same type of image, she needs to get off her “holier than thou” soapbox, if I was the manager, I’d order more and have “non-refundable” on the receipt. Annoying mom.

  • jaysyn says:

    How stupid. I hope the store refuses the returns.

  • Paul says:

    Given the trash that is accepted on television and radio, I don’t know what she hopes to accomplish except emptying her bank account and getting banned from PacSun as well as other stores.

  • Mark says:

    Her last name is Cox…..

  • Peter Blaise says:

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    “… It “harms families and it harms cultures,” she said. …”

    No, it offends her.

    Free speech does that.

    Cool country or what?

    BTW, it IS the human family, it IS the culture, duh!

    .

  • She’s probably just going to sell them back at an increased price, now that she has bought out the supply while getting free marketing from this article at the same time.

    Now that’s just smart.

  • Order More ! Stock the shelves !

    What a great business plan !

  • enzo smith says:

    That’s what liberals do for society, sleeze out.

    • That’s funny. Read the news much ?

      How’s that glass house of yours ?

    • That’s what conservatives do for society: take perfectly normal sexuality and make it seem twisted (usually because of their own twisted sexual dysfunctions), then force their twisted definition on people who have (hold your breath for this one, it’ll offend you!!) have different opinions.

    • Peter Blaise says:

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      Enzo, PLEASE explain what you think “liberals” has to do with this?

      This person is afraid of the human body in public dislay or public representation, and that is often a byproduct of fundamentalist religious indoctrination, not “liberals”.

      Perhaps she was abused as a child — a greater precentage of incest happens in conservative religious families — and that’s where our energy should be aimed: precenting abuse there.

      Thanks in advande for your expansive exploration here.
      .

  • 4clark says:

    read the article people. SHE IS GOING TO EVENtually return the shirts. No store wants that much $ in returns

    • Ben Gibbs says:

      When she returns them, the store should immediately hang them back in the window. Add a small sign: window display items not for sale.

  • Marc says:

    If she changed the concept from “pornographic” to “objectification” I’d be with her.

  • Uhh ohhh ! Now she’s gonna’ have to buy up all the ‘internets’ too !

  • Bobby says:

    Is she part Taliban, or what?

  • Moron LDS III says:

    Keep restocking the shirts until the mor_on goes broke.

  • Jon says:

    Society promotes it. A single instance of this won’t change a thing. PacSun wins in the end.

  • Vincent says:

    …Because kids aren’t supposed to know what a butt looks like until they’re married!

    Woman, stop. Just stop. You’re not helping solve any issues. You’re just being a nuisance. Except the store. Aside from the lawsuit you’ll probably file when they decline to pull the shirts from the store, you’re just being their best customer ever.

  • iraksolilloc says:

    I actually like her idea. If you don’t like something, take whatever legal action you can to change it. She may be a foolish simpleton for more reasons than this comment section has room to type, but kudos to her for believing strongly in something regardless of how ridiculous it is. I wonder if she worries that her son’s magic underwear won’t protect him from the evil magic of the shirts.

  • Janice says:

    I applaud this woman’s statement and taking a stand. It speaks loudly. She could donate the t-shirts to an organization such as the one I belong to who cuts t-shirts in strips and makes woven rugs out of them and sells them to help those in our community who are survivors of domestic abuse and sexual assault.

  • Missy says:

    This isn’t about being Mormon, it’s about PacSun promoting the objectification of women to teenage boys. (And yes, this is objectification.) I wrote about it here:
    http://joycurators.wordpress.com/2014/02/19/i-agree-with-pacsun-mom/

  • The shirts show less skin than what you see at a public beach. What does this woman do when she goes to the beach? Utah, maybe she never has.

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