Tuesday, February 04, 2014




Must not say that geeks wear glasses

Supermarket giant Tesco has removed a range of clothes featuring pictures of animals wearing spectacles and the words 'nerd' and 'geek' after a mum complained they would cause her toddler son with eye problems to be bullied.

Aneliese Whittaker, 28, of Ifield, Surrey, launched a campaign demanding the t-shirts be pulled from sale claiming they 'stereotype' people who wear glasses - including 18-month-old Logan.

Logan was born with dense cataracts in both eyes and wears thick 'goggle-like' blue-rimmed specs with powerful prescription lenses.

Miss Whittaker says she was outraged when she saw Tesco selling a range of t-shirts which featured pictures of different animals wearing glasses - and the words ‘geek’ or ‘nerd’ underneath.

She said the design would see her son and other visually-impaired youngsters bullied and launched a Facebook campaign demanding their removal from shelves.

Tesco has now issued an apology to Aneliese and say they are discontinuing the entire line.

Aneliese said: 'Logan is regularly teased by other children for his goggle-like glasses and this is all before he has even stepped foot in the playground.

'Luckily he’s too young to understand he looks different to other children with his glasses, but this Tesco range is really disturbing.

Logan was born with dense cataracts in both eyes and wears thick blue-rimmed glasses with powerful prescription lenses

She wrote: 'Tesco can you please tell me why it is acceptable to sell children’s clothes that have pictures of animals wearing glasses with the word NERD / GEEK on them?

'It’s ‘fashion’ statements like this that give children the negative associations to glasses

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5 comments:

Use the Name, Luke said...

This woman's problem is that she considers "nerd" and "geek" to be negatives. She's wrong.

The world's technical progress is because of "nerds" and "geeks". The doctor who diagnosed and treated her son's eye problems is part of this group. So are the scientists who figured out how eyes work and how to treat problems are part of this group. The engineers who figured out how to manufacture those glasses are part of that group.

Societies need a range of personality and skill types to be healthy and balanced. How dare she denigrate the people she relies on for her son's ability to function.

Brian from Virgina said...

"Supermarket giant Tesco has removed a range of clothes featuring pictures of animals wearing spectacles and the words 'nerd' and 'geek' after a mum complained they would cause her toddler son with eye problems to be bullied."

No, its the over protective mommy who is going to be the cause of her kid getting bullied.

stinky said...


Before glasses were invented, bullying didn't even exist.

Anonymous said...

Of course no mother would want their child to be a geek, like say Bill Gates.

MDH

Anonymous said...

One thing this mommy dearest should remember, Geeks and Nerds own the world! Look at the millionairs, most are nerds. And there's no billionair jocks or actors (unless they marry one).