When Kirstie Alley slams someone, she delivers, and this time her target was Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries for comments he made about his brand's discrimination against fat people.
Earlier this month, Business Insider resurrected an interview Jeffries gave to Salon about how he cultivated the A&F image. Author Robin Lewis explained to BI that the A&F CEO "doesn't want larger people shopping in his store" because he wants only "hot" people wearing his clothes.
"A lot of people don’t belong [in our clothes], and they can’t belong," Jeffries told Salon in 2006. "Are we exclusionary? Absolutely. Those companies that are in trouble are trying to target everybody: young, old, fat, skinny. But then you become totally vanilla. You don’t alienate anybody, but you don’t excite anybody, either.”
Alley took major issue with the A&F CEO's comments. The "Fat Actress" star, who has long struggled with her weight, won't allow her children to shop at A&F because of the store's policy of discrimination.
"I just heard [about] this guy from Abercrombie & Fitch today. This dude from Abercrombie & Fitch -- he's the CEO -- what a [expletive]!" Alley told "Entertainment Tonight" on Tuesday.
"He says Abercrombie clothes are for people that are cool and who look a certain way and are beautiful and who are thin and blah, blah, blah," she continued. "He goes on and on and on. That would make me never buy anything from Abercrombie even if I was cool and thin. I got two kids in that [age] bracket that will never walk in those doors because of his view of people."
Alley isn't the only celebrity to slam Jeffries, Us Weekly notes. Sophia Bush also expressed dismay over the comments, tweeting: "Such a letdown to see that Abercrombie, a company geared toward teens, lets their CEO speak like this."
On Tuesday, a video campaign dubbed "#FitchTheHomeless" went viral online. In the video, Los Angeles-based writer Greg Karber hands out A&F clothing he found at thrift stores to the homeless living along LA's Skid Row. The video, uploaded on Monday, has since received over 4.2 million views.