Below is an open letter to the CEO of Missguided regarding a reckless sign put up in their Bluewater store.
Please consider writing / tweeting to them yourselves. This is not a small issue, and it needs a big response!
On to the letter…
An open letter to Nitin Passi CEO of ‘Missguided’
06 Aug. 2017
Dear Nitin Passo, CEO
I am a youth worker with over a decades’ professional experience working with teenagers and vulnerable young people.
I was horrified to learn that your brand store in Bluewater Shopping Centre, Kent, has a large neon sign reading ‘Send me nudes X.’ It may be that you’re ignorant to either the sexual pressures of young people, or the law regarding sexting culture.
Young people are under enormous pressure to produce and send sexually explicit pictures of themselves via the internet and on their smart devices. Childline, the NSPCC, and the The UK Home Office classify pressuring young people to ‘send nudes’ as abuse.
Legally, asking a young person to ‘send nudes’ is asking them to engage in the creation and distribution of child pornography. Your sign, thus your brand, is complicit in that.
Legality aside; if you had spent any real time with a sixteen year old consumer who had followed your advice to ‘send nudes’, then you would witness first-hand the destruction that such a simple act creates. You would see the wake of broken relationships, emotional havoc, and intense bullying. You would learn about moved schools, social service involvement, police case numbers, and court hearings.
You would see childhood robbed in a moment of poor decision making. Your sign, thus your brand, is complicit in that.
As a brand marketing to the 16-35 year old female consumer bracket, having such a sign on your wall is simply shameful and reckless. You have a responsibility to liberate the girls to which you sell your clothing, helping them to feel empowered and stand against the abusive peer pressure they increasingly face.
Please. Remove this sign, and consider the awesome influence you have on the lives of young people.
In the meantime, I will continue to work with the young people you are treating so cavalierly, helping to pick up the pieces. I will also use my own influence to encourage young people to boycott your brand and affiliates.