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Monday, March 25, 2013

Portland Thorns Pull "Feelin' Thorny" T-Shirts

Posted by Alison Hallett on Mon, Mar 25, 2013 at 10:59 AM

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Ugghhh. Today in "jokes gone awry," Portland's new women's soccer team the Thorns decided to pull a t-shirt with the slogan "Feelin' Thorny?" after fans took to Facebook to complain that the shirts inappropriately sexualized the team.

Timbers/Thorns owner Merritt Paulson didn't take to the complaints too well at first. According to Prost America, Paulson initially tweeted:


“not worth engaging with someone who thinks a t-shirt is a statement. my statement on women’s sports was launching the Thorns”

(Snap.)

And when a commenter noted that the Feelin' Thorny shirts were "as tasteless as selling a shirt at Timbers games that says 'Got wood?'", he responded:


“and you can wear a “got wood?” shirt if you’d like for your PTFC capo’ing. coming soon ”

The tweets have since been scrubbed, and team officials have stopped sales of the shirt, according to the Oregonian.

Meanwhile, there's a slightly desperate Facebook group devoted to getting the shirts back, though the team has given no indication that bringing the shirts back is an option.

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