The debate around hijab (a veil worn by Muslim women) refuses to die even as the world is talking about right of the women to choose whatever they want. An American company, American Eagle has introduced a new product, denim hijabs and has invited more criticism than praises for it. The company has chosen Somali-American model Halima Aden, who made it to the cover of Vogue Arabia to promote its latest product but the internet seems pretty divided on the entire issue, while some are completely in love with American Eagle’s new product, some have brutally criticised the company for promoting a ‘repressive ideology’.
After posting the advertisement on their Twitter and Instagram handle, American Eagle majorly received criticism for ‘supporting oppression’ than applause. And mainly because, it is considered that Muslim women are supposed to wear Hijab in presence of the male members of the family and in public spaces as it is haraam (forbidden) to leave skin exposed. Although there is a constant debate about women’s freedom of choice and nowadays, hijab is also being treated as a fashion accessory by many Muslim women but debate shows no signs of dying.
Not only American Eagle seems to be losing many of its customers, some people have even asked it to stop glorifying and promoting such an ‘regressive, misogynistic’ thinking by making it sound as something fancy. On the other hand, may be only a few but some are even praising the company’s move and apparently, the first batch of denim hijabs seems to be sold out already.
— American Eagle (@AEO) July 9, 2017
I will not shop at a place that supports a repressive, barbaric, misogynistic ideology. Keep religion out of our f’in stores.
— CNNisISIS (@PineappleLvr23) July 19, 2017
so American Eagle is cool with the oppression of women now? Won’t be shopping there anymore. #Boycott
— CovfefeMagic (@Eli22301003) July 17, 2017
— Moribito_Blues (@MoribitoBlues) July 14, 2017
I am sick by this, American Eagle making money off of the suppression of women. How could you? I’ll never shop at your store again.
— Lori (@LKayak88) July 19, 2017
You should change your name from American Eagle to something you actually represent. Oppression, perhaps.
— All American Girl (@GinHoneySyrup) July 19, 2017
Some are loving the American Eagle’s move and terming it as one of ‘promoting unity and love’
Wow, the denim hijab is sold out! Would love to hear when there are more in stock! Thanks for standing with unity and love!
— Sabina (@SabliminalMsgs) July 17, 2017
I love this! Keep up the great work American Eagle.
— Feeya (@braidsnglasses) July 9, 2017
Afghan fashion is fascinating. Lovely indeed.
— George S. Ellsworth (@GeorgeEllswort8) July 19, 2017
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