A Christmas T-shirt designed to get in the spirit of the silly season has sparked a very silly response indeed, as the intended dog-shaped image missed the mark completely, leaving shoppers seeing one thing, and one thing only.
The T-shirt requires a double glance, or seven, as the semi-abstract design has left some folks’ imagination run wildly in another direction.
The image is supposed to show the profile a dog (allegedly), with the owner’s hand hovering above, presumably meaning to pet the pup.
However, many jumped to a rather more pornographic conclusion, mistaking the dog for a penis.
The T-shirt is being sold for just $30 online, and from the comments, it seems people are divided over whether this is a must-have, or a must-hate this holiday season.
Say what you will, it’s certainly got people talking.
The Facebook post has racked up almost 8k likes and almost 10k comments, and it’s not hard to see why.
‘That’s not a dog’
“This looks like a penis not a dog (what) so ever and you’re selling it in kids sizing,” one woman pointed out, somewhat obviously. “Pretty disturbing.”
“Someone in the design department is getting fired,” someone else predicted.
“Nobody in their right mind is going to wear that except as a crude joke,” was another person’s forecast.
Many didn’t see the dog at all, and had to be guided to the light quite slowly.
“I thought I was the only one that saw that it initially looked nowhere near a puppy,” one person admitted.
One person even wondered if they might be able to wear it to church.
It’s easy to look at this number and wonder if we’ll ever be able to trust a festive shirt again, but for anyone wanting to get into the spirit of the season without giving grandma a heart attack, there are thankfully some better options out there.
If you want a giggle, with a slightly less crass undertone, there’s this adorable elf-me shirt that won’t put you on the naughty list.
Or if you want something for a mini-me and are appropriately horrified at the kids’ sizes in this shirt, an adorable personalised PJ set is a much cleaner option.
It’s not the first anatomy-related Christmas fail to rock the fashion industry.
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