Paul Frank’s Racist Fashion Night Out Party Will Devastate Your Inner 12-Year-Old
11:30 am, September 12th | by Laura Donovan
I don’t know about you, but Paul Frank was my world in junior high. I’m lucky to have long since outgrown the clothing manufacturer, as it just hosted a Native American culture-themed bash called “Dreamcatchin” for Fashion Night Out. The party description, which includes the word “powwow,” is enough to make you want to hide forever:
“Paul Frank celebrated Fashion’s Night Out with a neon-Native American powwow theme. Glow-in-the-dark war-painted employees in feather headbands and bow and arrows invited guests to be photographed on a mini-runway holding prop tomahawks.”
I’m sure Paul Frank didn’t intend to offend, but the pictures leave a pretty bad taste in my mouth and make me a little upset that I used to be a faithful customer of the company:
Singer Christina Milian (middle) struck a pose at the gathering, too:
As for drinks, Paul Frank offered “Rain Dance Refresher,” “Neon Teepee,” and “Dream Catcher” to its guests. Blogger Jessica Metcalfe reportedly helped influence Paul Frank to remove more than 1,000 pictures from its Facebook fan page, but the damage had already been done by then. Paul Frank issued an apology, but as noted by a Jezebel tipster, the whole thing is reminiscent of offensive blackface parties, and I’d expect more from the otherwise respectable brand than to embrace stereotypes for a promotional event.