Prescription Drug Designer T-Shirts Spark Outrage

Kitson, a boutique clothing company based in L.A., released a line of T-shirts called “the designer drugs collection,” angering many for its supposed promotion of drug use.

1. Kitson LA released a “designer drugs collection” of clothing that features the brand names of prescription drugs.

2. Few people on the company’s Facebook page said they wanted the pricey $58 to $98 shirts.

4. Most were very unhappy, calling the shirts “shocking” and “disgusting.”

6. In response to the outrage, Kitson posted the following statement from the designer of the line, Brian Lichtenberg, on their Facebook page:

7. Some of the top comments responding to the statement were from family members of those who had died from prescription drug overdoses.

8. Kristen Johnston, star of the “The Exes” and formerly on “3rd Rock from the Sun,” took note of the shirts.

Hey @KitsonLA do you really think this shit is funny? Millions are dying, & u want to make $ off it. SHAME ON YOU

— kjothesmartass (@kristen johnston)

9. The company responded to one of her tweets threatening to get the authorities involved.

@kjothesmartass Ms. Johnston do not threaten our customers. Please remove this threat or we will forward (cont)

— KitsonLA (@Kitson)

10. Johnston then said she deleted her comment.

I deleted it @KitsonLA. Now please remove the clothing you sell that makes a joke of the drug epidemic.

— kjothesmartass (@kristen johnston)

11. To which Kitson fired back that they were not responsible for the drug situation in the U.S.

@kjothesmartass Next time bully those directly responsible for the drug situation in america: Drug dealers. Not Kitson.

— KitsonLA (@Kitson)

12. A lot of people were not happy with Kitson’s response.

@KitsonLA @kjothesmartass @Kitson but its ok for you guys to profit from advertising the drug #nobetterthandrugdealers

— KimDSykes (@Kim Sykes)

@KitsonLA @kjothesmartass Your analogy is insane, Kitson. You are the ones glorifying drugs. You are saying its cool & trendy..SHAME ON YOU.

— Aly25 (@aly)

@KitsonLA @kjothesmartass No offense, Kitson, but are you tweeting high?

— thatgalkiki (@Christine Macdonald)

15. But at least Lichtenberg still has a fan in Lindsay Lohan.

Prob late to the party but love your new line @BriLichtenberg

— lindsaylohan (@Lindsay Lohan)

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Michelle Broder Van Dyke is a reporter and night editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in Hawaii.
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